Michael Bast Interview – Episode 2.8

Unlike Mowgli from the Jungle Book, MICHAEL BAST was not raised by a den of wolves… it was a mob of meerkats. This has proven to be both problematic and beneficial later in life. A problem because he has an insatiable desire to tunnel in his backyard, costing him thousands of dollars in sprinkler repair. A benefit because he can scratch behind both ears with either foot.

Michael lives in the deserts of Arizona with his wife and four kids. Each day between Cinco de Mayo and Halloween he curses his decision to live in 110-degree heat. To learn more about Michael and Death’s Academy go to www.deathsacademy.com

L.R.W. Lee Interview #2 – Episode 2.4

L.R.W. Lee was a previous guest on The Good Word, Episode 163.

Lee was married in 1992 and a few years later started her first business, an accounting practice. Later she would start and grow a multi-million dollar retail company in Texas.

After selling the business in January of 2012 she wrote the book, “ANDY SMITHSON: BLAST OF THE DRAGONS’ FURY.” She is back to talk about her next book, Book 2 in the Andy Smithson series. Andy Smithson: Venom of the Seprent’s Cunning.

L.T. Downing Interview – Episode 165

Lisa Torcasso Downing is an award-winning writer and advocate for the advancement of Mormon Letters, Her writing career began in the 1990’s with fiction storiesfor young people in the Friend and New Era magazines. She then branched out in what she affectionately calls “unauthorized” mormon journals and magazines. She has served as editor for Irreantum, the literary journal published by the Association for Mormon Letters, as well as Sunstone.


Downing currently resides in Texas, though she has called both California and Utah her home. She received a Bachelors degree in English from Brigham Young University and an Masters from Texas A&M-Commerce. She taught writing at Collin College and is a proud member of the the up-and-coming Rowlett Writer’s Workshop. She is an active, believing Latter-day Saint, a wife of nearly 30 years and the mother of three. L.T. Downing as she is known in her writing, is the author of Island of the Stone Boy and Get That Gold!, the first book in the Adventures of the Restoration series.

For more information on L.T. Downing or to buy her books, click here.

L.R.W. Lee Interview – Episode 163

From an early age L.R.W. Lee wanted to write books. Growing up in a family that didn’t have a lot of money she was encouraged to use her imagination to entertain herself. Her early recollections of this imagination include building a puppet theater out of old scraps of wood and putting on shows for family and friends or climbing trees and pretending they were ships and siblings were pirates.


She put her imagination to work early and entered a writing contest when she was in middle school earning a respectable third place out of three entries. Her luck would improve when she won the Park Ridge Award while in high school. She attended school at Cedarville University, a small private school, where she studied Accounting. After graduating she worked for a large accounting firms as a staff accountant. LRW Lee was married in 1992 and a few years later started her first business, an accounting practice. Later she would start and grow a multi-million dollar retail company in Texas.


After selling the business in January of 2012 she continued with her life long desire to find something meaningful to share with others. This desire lead her to write the book, “ANDY SMITHSON: BLAST OF THE DRAGONS’ FURY.”

Click here to order L.W.R. Lee’s book!

McKenzie Wagner Interview – Episode 159

Mckenzie Wagner is twelve years of age and has adored reading since she was four years old. McKenzie is a bright, well-spoken, and vivacious young woman, who is not merely a talented author, but is well-rounded and multi-faceted, with interests in the theater and singing in addition to her love of writing. Her goal is to receive a degree in English and become a teacher, in addition to continuing to produce engaging works of fiction. She is already working to obtain college credits towards her degree.


She currently resides in Utah, with her mom, dad, and her seven-year-old brother, Ty. McKenzie’s first book at the early age seven and is part of “The Magic Wall Series”, that book is entitled, “The Magic Meadow and the Golden Locket.” Her second book “The Blue Lagoon and the Magic Coin” was written shortly thereafter. She is here today to talk about the release of her latest book, 2nd book in her Benotripia series entitled “The Stones of Horsh.”

Visit McKenzie Wagner’s website!

Christy Monson Interview #2 – Episode 156

Christy has published articles in The Ensign, Friend, and other children’s periodicals. Christy Monson received a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from UNLV and established a successful counseling practice. She and her husband are now retired and living in Ogden, UT. Christy Monson first appeared on The Good Word podcast back in Episode 119. She is back to talk more about her book, Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen, and Becoming Free: A Woman’s Guide to Internal Strength.

Visit ChristyMonson.com for more information on her books.

Susan Dayley Interview – Episode 148

Susan Dayley is a teacher, a student, and a writer. Susan enjoys exploring trails with her husband, and trying new recipes.
Her family and friends growing up could find her reading books in the backyard willow tree. She now has two adult children, and one granddaughter. Author of Redemption: The Story of Jonah, and her latest venture–a mystery romance–Cold Pursuit.


To purchase Susan Dayley’s book Cold Pursuit in paperback, click here.

To Purchase Susan Dayley’s interactive ebook Cold Pursuit, click here.

Ryan Larsen Interview – Episode 145

Ryan is an avid writer and musician from the time of his childhood in Kearns, Utah. After graduating from Kearns High School with a differentiated degree in music, Ryan attended Salt Lake Community College and the University of Utah where he studied music education. Since 2010, Ryan has been a member of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


Many writers have influenced Ryan’s writing, but the three foremost are J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen King, and P.G. Wodehouse. Luckily, when he writes it doesn’t usually come out as a mix between the three! Ryan is the author of Dawn Quealy I: Tilting at Vending Machines, his debut novel that is available both in paperback and e-book through www.lionsblessed.com.

Click here to buy Ryan Larsen’s book.

Betsy Love Interview – Episode 138

Betsy Love has always had a passion for writing. Now hailing from the Mesa, Arizona area where she has lived with her husband and their eight children, Betsy teaches English and literature in High School.

When she is not writing, or teaching, or gardening you can find Betsy buried in a book. She is the author of the books Identity, Mystics Tale, and SoulFire-A Book of Mormon Novel.

To purchase Betsy Love’s new book, SoulFire, click here.

Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann Interview – Episode 135

Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann interviewMerrill Osmond has celebrated over 50 years in the world of show business. Merrill, the unique lead voice of the famous Osmond family is also an established solo artist, writer, producer, motivational speaker and philanthropist. Merrill co-founded the Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), currently one of the largest children’s charities in the world that has raised over 4 billion dollars for children’s hospitals to date.

In collaboration with his brothers, Merrill has written the music and lyrics for five number one hit records and sang lead on the group’s collective 27 gold records.

Merrill has a wide variety of talents and interest that involves healing and wellbeing. He has produced a series of CD’s to help with relaxation and stress management. With his awards and accolades, as well as his professional accomplishments, Merrill’s believes his greatest accomplishment is his family. He has been married to Mary Carlson for over 30 years, and together they have 6 beautiful children, 9 grandchildren. Merrill Osmond is the co-author of the fiction novel, Faith, Hope, and Gravity along with our other guest, Shirley Bahlmann.

After serving as editor of her 6th grade and high school newspaper, Shirley Bahlmann told the judges of the Miss Snow College Pageant that would be a published author some day. After winning the crown, she met and married her husband, Robert Bahlmann.

Her stacks of journals, road shows, plays, and skits attest to the fact that she has been writing all her life. She now teaches writing classes to children and adults and has written more than twenty books in ten years.

To purchase Faith, Hope and Gravity by Merrill Osmond and Shirley Bahlmann click here.