Treg Julander – Episode 3.22

Treg A. Julander has been an attorney for 20 years.  After graduating from George Washington University with highest honors, he began his legal career with a large Washington, D.C. firm.  He went on to become a partner at Rutan & Tucker, LLP, a large Southern California law firm, where he specialized in writing appellate briefs.  Treg left law firm life in 2008 to establish and run the general counsel’s office for Advent Companies, Inc., a general contractor that builds affordable housing. He is now in private practice as Of Counsel at Ostergar Law Group P.C.

In addition to Until Murder Do Us Part, Treg is the author of Corporate America, a short story, which has been published in several journals.  He has also published two professional articles.  Treg podcasts abour rock music at www.RockTaleHour.com and blogs about California law at www.LegalMusing.com.

Orange County appellate lawyer and author, Treg Julander, recently released his debut legal thriller. Until Murder Do Us Part is about an attorney, Michael Kingston, at an elite Washington, D.C. law firm, who wakes up after a terrifying nightmare to find his hands around his wife’s throat, almost killing her. When she winds up dead a few nights later, suffocated in their bed, Mike claims that he killed his wife in his sleep. Until Murder Do Us Part (Parables Publishing 2014) is available in paperback and ebook (www.TregJulander.com).


Jason Pruett – Episode 3.21

Jason Pruett moved around as a child. He found comfort in picture books and he began to create his own. He entered picture book competitions in elementary school and started sending his work to publishers in high school.

After years of art school and drawing, Jason has started illustrating picture books for publishers. You can see his work in the upcoming Seek and Find: Book of Mormon Stories (Cedar Fort 2015) and A is for Abinadi (Cedar Fort 2014). Jason is also proud of the children’s comic book he illustrated, Jimmy Brass: 2nd Grade Detective (WE Comics 2012-2013).

Jason lives in the Los Angeles area and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

For more information on Jason Pruett, visit his website:

http://www.jasonpruett.com/books.html


Garrett Batty and Melissa Larson Interview – Episode 3.6

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Garrett Batty:

Garrett Batty is the Writer and Director of The Sarratov Approach, and his latest film is Freetown. He graduated from BYU and has been a part of the developing LDS Film market in other capacities with his production company, Three Coin Productions.

Melissa Larson BIO:

Originally from Hau‘ula, Hawai‘i, Melissa Leilani Larson is a writer presently based in Provo, Utah. The award-winning author of a number of plays and films, she holds an a BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop.

Mel’s plays have been produced all over the country. Little Happy Secrets received the 2009 Association for Mormon Letters Drama award and was published in August 2010 as part of the anthology Out of the Mount: 19 from New Play Project; after the 2013 production, Mel was nominated as an Outstanding Community Production Member by the Utah Theatre Lovers. Her produced plays include Martyrs’ Crossing (IRAM Best New Play; KC/ACTF Meritorious Achievement; Best of Utah Valley 2006), which was published in the anthology Saints on Stage and received its international premiere at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe; A Flickering (Trustus Playwrights Festival Finalist); Hope Falls; Standing Still Standing (Mayhew Contest Winner); The Church of St. Pinky at Katy, Texas; and Lady in Waiting (KC/ACTF Region VIII New Play Fest participant; Lewis National Playwriting Contest for Women winner). Persuasion has enjoyed several productions and positive audience responses. Mel’s first commission, an adaptation celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, recently enjoyed a sold-out run in Brigham Young University’s Pardoe Theatre. Mel has helped co-write the book for The Weaver of Raveloe, a new musical inspired by George Eliot’s Silas Marner, conceived and composed by award-winning composer Erica Glenn; Weaver premiered in May 2014 at ART’s Oberon. Mel’s newest original play, Pilot Program, will premiere in April 2015, directed by Jerry Rapier, as part of Plan-B Theatre Company’s upcoming season.

Also an accomplished filmmaker, Mel is currently collaborating with Garrett Batty (the award-winning director of The Saratov Approach) on a new project, Freetown, which recently completed principal production in Ghana. She wrote and co-produced the independent feature The Lilac Thief and has written, produced, and/or directed a number of short films including “Cherry Pie” (writer), “Iscariot” (writer/co-producer), “Traces” (director/producer), and “4:53” (writer), which was included in the LDS Film Festival’s inaugural Best of Festival tour. She’s written a screen adaptation of Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy As You Like It, and is has several film projects in progress. Mel adapted her own play Standing Still Standing for film, winning the LDS Film Festival’s screenwriting award.

Works in progress include Sweetheart Come, about a young mother suffering through the onset of schizophrenia; a wacky Victorian comedy, The Mummy Play; a biographical drama about Russian poet Alexander Pushkin; adaptations of Thomas Hardy’s Under the Greenwood Tree and Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, as well as a musical version of Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South; a retelling of the Nordic fairy tale “East of the Sun and West of the Moon”; Island Rose, a screenplay about Ka‘iulani, Hawai‘i’s last princess; a Hawaiian history cycle for the stage; and several young adult novels (Mel loathes the term “juvenile” but she loves talking about herself in the third person).

An AEA EMC stage manager, Mel has stage managed at all levels, calling shows for Actors Repertory Theatre Ensemble, Brigham Young University, Utah Regional Ballet, Provo Theatre Company, Iowa University Theatres, Iowa Summer Rep, New Play Project, Utah Valley University School of the Arts, Sundance Summer Theatre, the Echo Theatre, and the Utah Lyric Opera. She is presently working with choreographer Graham Brown on his devised work You, which will be staged at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in January 2015.

Mel was recently invited to be part of Plan-B Theatre Company’s Playwrights Lab, and to serve as a Dramatists Guild of America ambassador for the Utah Region. A certified KC/ACTF adjudicator, she occasionally serves as adjunct faculty at Brigham Young and Utah Valley Universities. She was one of the original Utah Theatre Bloggers, writing regular reviews for three years. Her favorite things include melty cheese, Hawai‘i, the UK, history, musicals that don’t suck, nice paper and even nicer pens. Oh, and just about anything sung by Audra McDonald.


Nancy Phippen Browne Interview – Episode 2.29

 

Nancy Phippen Browne is a retired journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter and editor for various newspapers and magazines across the country, including the Church News. Her writing background also took her into the field of public relations and marketing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1989 from the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, served a full-time mission to Colorado, and has actively served in ward and stake callings throughout her life. Help Thou Mine Unbelief is her first book, but she is also a freelance writer, with articles appearing in a variety of publications, including the Ensign and This People magazine. Browne and her husband, Raymond Browne, reside in St. George, Utah. Between them, they have seven children and 20 grandchildren.

 

To purchase her book, Help Thou Mine Unbelief click here.

To visit Nancy Phippen Browne’s website, click here.


Lauren Skidmore Interview – Episode 2.27

 

Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and traveling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done. Lauren is the author of What is Hidden. For more information go to LaurenSkidmore.com

 

To purchase a copy of What is Hidden, click here.

 


Hannah L. Clark Interview – Episode 2.25

Hannah L. Clark has always known she would be a storyteller. After graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor’s degree in English, she immediately began writing the book, Uncovering Cobbogoth.

Hannah has spent her life struggling with aixelysd, or dyslexia for those who don’t have it, in spite of her dream to one day become an author. Because of this, she is a huge advocate for those struggling with learning disabilities and encourages them never to give up on their dreams. One of her favorite parts about being an author is speaking to schools and book groups about dyslexia and how she has come to see it as a gift.

Hannah loves hanging with her sister/business partner Bekah, she loves running, mythology, soulful bluegrass music, studying alternative medicine, retro hairdos, and growing things. Like the heroine of her book, Norah, she kind of believes trees have souls. Hannah lives in Utah with family.

To purchase Uncovering Cobbogoth, click here.

 


Mindy Cone Interview – Episode 2.20

 

MINDY CONE is an entertaining, food, dessert, and party stylist on the popular blog Creative Juice. She writes about everything you need to know to entertain your guests and kids with style and creativity. Her talent for perfectly themed parties combined with her love for macarons inspired her first book Gourmet French Macarons.  Although an East coast girl at heart, she currently lives in Northern California with her husband and two young children. Visit her blog at getcreativejuice.com.

 


Ben Behunin Interview – Episode 2.19

Ben Behunin began working with pottery as a freshman at Highland High in Utah. He thought it would be an “easy A”, but his experience proved to be neither easy, nor an “A”. That experience began a 24 year long dance with clay that has taken Ben to exotic places, such at Idaho, North Carolina, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Austria and Hawaii in pursuit of his education and his passion. For the past 18 years, Ben has been making his living exclusively as a slinger of slime and a maker of mudpies.

In 2009, after nearly twelve years of being a closet-writer, Ben published the first of his Niederbipp Trilogy, Remembering Isaac, the wise and joyful potter of Niederbipp. This was followed by Discovering Isaac later in 2009 and Becoming Isaac in 2010. Since then he has released the titles, Forget Me Notes in 2011, Borrowing Fire in 2012 and Put A Cherry On Top in 2013 He is currently working on forty-seven other books that may be released sometime in the next fifty years if he can overcome his ADD.

Ben is the father of two young budding potters, Isaac and Eve, ages 13 and 10. He and his wife Lynnette live in Salt Lake City, just inches away from his whimsically magical studio, Wild Rooster Artworks.


Kevin Hopkins Interview – Episode 2.13

Kevin Hopkins is a former White House speechwriter and senior policy advisor who helped write some of the key rules that undid the draconian government energy regulations that grow out of the energy shortages of the late 1970s.

Since then, he has written widely on energy and environmental issues, and currently serves as consulting Director of Research for the California-based Communications Institute, a public-policy research center focused on emerging energy and environmental concerns.

Kevin has been a writer nearly his entire life. Since that time, he has written and published two nonfiction books and numerous book-length studies, has written four feature-film screenplays, has written and published more than 150 articles, and has written three novels.

As a communications professional, he has written scores of speeches (including speeches for the President of the United States, two presidential candidates, and key state and local government leaders throughout California. He also has written an untold number of corporate marketing, web, and sales materials.

Kevin lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife Mary and his son Brandon, along with a loving Seal Point Siamese cat, Layah (named after Princess Leia in “Star Wars”), and energetic Sheltie dog named Casey. Author of the book “Skylight.”


Pamela Jensen Interview – Interview 2.9

Pamela R. Jensen was born into a family of 10 children, she was the oldest girl and second child. She spent a majority of her childhood entertaining her younger siblings. Drawing has always been apart of who she is, always sketching anything and everything.

Pamela now lives with her husband a retired farmer and miner in Grantsville, UT. They have five children, and ten grandchildren who love to draw with grandma. She has made some pretty impressive doodles in her time. With that in mind, Pamela is a doodle expert and LDS to boot. She is here to talk about her book Reverently, Quiely, a collection of Sacrament meeting appropriate activities.

Purchase Pamela’s Book here.