S.D. Kupiec Interview – Episode 161

S.D. Kupiec was born and raised in Silver City, NM. She now lives in Utah with her husband and five children. When she’s not writing, she’s folding the never-ending mountain of laundry and cuddling with her babies, old and young.


She is the author of the book SHY. Click her to visit S.D. Kupiec’s facebook page.

To buy a copy of Shy by S.D. Kupic, click here.

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.”

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Ryan Rapier Interview – Episode 155

RYAN RAPIER is an Arizona native and through the course of his life has come face to face with a rattlesnake more than once. For that reason alone, he would likely have left the desert behind years ago were it not for one thing—the luxury of year-round golf. When Ryan isn’t on the course or in front of a computer screen, he can usually be found chasing behind his four children or doing errands for his amazing wife in the isolated beautiful valley they have both called home forever. Ryan’s thoughts and opinions that concern nobody but himself can be found at his website http://www.ryansrapierwit.com . The Reluctant Blogger is Ryan’s first novel.

James Goldberg Interview – Episode 149

James Goldberg’s family is Jewish on one side, Sikh on the other, and Mormon in the middle. His plays, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous publications, including Shofar, Drash, The Best of Mormonism: 2009, and Jattan Da Pracheen Ithas. He won the 2008 Association for Mormon Letters Drama Award for his play Prodigal Son and the 2012 AML Novel Award for The Five Books of Jesus. Goldberg teaches composition and creative writing courses at Brigham Young University.

Visit James Goldberg at the following blogs:

Mormon Midrashim


Purchase The Five Books of Jesus, 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.

Robert Goble Interview – Episode 139

If you don’t happen to see Robert Goble on his evening walk with a good book in his hand, just follow the sound of great rock and roll, and you’ll find him either working in the yard while listening to old tapes, or somewhere else playing his guitar too loud. Robert is a karate teacher, and family man.

Robert is the author of Across a Harvest Field, A Winter’s Morning Sun, and the 5 part series In Other Worlds.

To purchase Part 1 of, In Older Worlds, 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.


Episode 131 – Interview with Carolyn Twede Frank

Carolyn Twede Frank grew up in Payson, Utah. Ever since elementary school she has loved to write. In junior high and high school she was on the newspaper staff. and had her own column: Carolyn’s Corner. After marrying, raising five kids, and growing her manufacturing business to a point it was viable to sell, Carolyn rediscovered her love of writing. Carolyn now lives in Kaysville, Utah and writes Young adult /Middle grade historical and speculative fiction.

Carolyn is author of The Big Debate, the first book in the Literary Loom series.

Visit Carolyn Twede Franks website.

Buy a copy of Carolyn Twede Frank’s book, The Big Debate, click here!



Episode 124 – Interview with Theresa Sneed

Theresa Sneed grew up in the woodlands of Maine, where she spent most of her time climbing trees and looking for snakes under rocks. Theresa has a wealth of childhood experiences and a lively imagination from which she draws upon to create her magical stories. As a mother of six, a grandmother of five, and an elementary school teacher, she enjoys weaving stories of fantasy and adventure that bring about moments of wonder and reflection.


Theresa graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s of arts in education and has written award-winning poetry and stories. Her first novel, No Angel, is a 2011 Whitney Award finalist, and her 2012 book, Earthbound, is a 2012 Whitney Finalist. She is the former executive president of American Night Writers Association (or ANWA), and she is currently president of Maine Characters, a local chapter of ANWA. She enjoys reading and writing fantasy, romance, and suspense.

Visit Theresa Sneed’s website here.

Episode 119 – Interview with Christy Monson

Christy grew up around her grandmother who loved to read her stories. From an early age she would become engaged and captivated when listening to the tales spin out before her. Later in life, when reading to children of her own, she continued to keep the magic alive. Christy continues to this day writing stories for young children. Her writings feature stories about the pioneer prophets with insights into their lives, cooking, as well as children’s books about how to cope with the tragedies and challenges that happen in life.

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.

For more information on Christy Monson, visit her website.