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

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 11)

Dene Low Dene Low has written several books, with the latest being Cookies to Die for that came out in 2014. Her writing spans the genres of Young Adult historical fantasy to mainstream mystery, historical fiction, and some scholarly publications on the side, including poetry. I mean, look at these titles: Petronella Saves Several More:

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 10)

Sara B. Larson Sara can’t remember a time when she didn’t write books—although she now uses a computer instead of a Little Mermaid notebook. And she has apparently put that computer to good use, this author of the acclaimed YA fantasy Defy, (along with its sequels Ignite and Endure). Even as her trilogy first came to