Author Interview: Carol Lynch Williams

Carol Lynch Williams, WIFYR Momma, talks about how she started writing, who she always writes about and what she’s working on next. What books have you read from her? Check out MESSENGER and NEVER SAID, both recent publications.   The first story I remember putting to paper was about a magician who kept living puppets

Author Interview: Lindsey Leavitt

Lindsey Leavitt is the author of over a dozen books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the Princess for Hire trilogy, Sean Griswold’s Head, Going Vintage, The Chapel Wars, The Pages Between Us series and The Commander in Cheese series. She is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/speaker/party animal (not to be confused with

Author Interview: Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie lives near  Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three children. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama and was inspired to write this debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother. What made you decide to start writing, and

Bryon Ghost Story Challenge

  Don’t forget our Bryon Ghost Story Challenge tomorrow at BYU! Come to room 4068 in the JFSB at 7 for an hour of writing the spooky tales. We will have treats and writing prompts to get the scary juices flowing. Who knows? Maybe you’ll write the next Frankenstein.

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 16)

Amy White, Librarian: children’s literature specialist, Orem Public Library May I present Amy White, veteran children’s literature specialist at the Orem Public Library. The surprising thing about Amy is her transformation: she freely admits to having been a (former) non‑reader, but is now a converted bibliophile. “Yes,” she says, I was one of the worst

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 14)

Erin Summerill When Erin’s early aspirations to write the Great American Novel didn’t pan out, she became a professional photographer, and engaged in a scenic detour which took her all across the U.S., and even to Australia and New Zealand. After seven years, eight failed manuscripts, and a life‑altering kidney donation, she finally had the

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 13)

Jess Smart Smiley, author/illustrator Jess Smart Smiley is an author/illustrator living in Utah. He has created a number of books, including graphic novels, a bilingual children’s comic, a hidden object book, chapter books, and children’s picture books. One of these was Upside Down: A Vampire Tale which was the first in a series of all‑age

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 12)

Lisa Mangum, Managing Editor: Shadow Mountain Publishing Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. She claims her first “paying job” was shelving books and the Sandy Library. While attending the U of U, she worked at Waldenbooks, then graduated with honors