Brodi Ashton
Because of two parents who were Greek myth geeks, Brodi grew up thinking the latest fashion trends were inspired by Aphrodite, and a good converstional opener was, "So, which mythological character do you most resemble?" Despite these social shortcomings, she found a great husband who's always her first reader. They live in Utah with their two young boys, who still have no idea why she's at the computer all the time. Brodi earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Utah and an MA in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Gibbs Smith
Gibbs Smith has his degrees from University of Utah and the University of California, Berkley. He founded Gibbs Smith Publishing in 1969 and has been publishing ever since. Gibbs is involved with the Sierra Club and enjoys hiking, painting, and travel.
Traci McDonald
Traci MacDonald is the author of Killing Casanova (Crimson Romance, 2012). As a Type 1 diabetic, blind for over 18 years, and a two-time transplant survivor, Traci understands challenges and how to get past them. She's been writing for over 5 years and is currently working on a New Adult Urban fantasy while her follow-up novel, Burning Bridger, is at the publisher as she speaks. Her mantra? "The prize belongs to the one who doesn't shun the fight!"
Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George is the author of the NYT Bestseller, Wednesdays in the Tower, the second book in the Castle Glower Series, which began with Tuesdays in the Castle. She is also the author of the popular Dragon Slippers Trilogy, the Dancing Princesses Trilogy, and Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow. Jessica lives in Utah with her husband and three children, and enjoys movies, knitting, and chocolate.
Michael J. Snapp
Michael J. Snapp is passionate about five things: Family, Faith, Fitness, Friends, and of course, common sense. He has worked in higher education for more than a decade as a career counselor, instructor, administrator, and is a published author. He has a BA in Communications and an MA in Educational Counseling. Through his educational, professional, and life experiences, Michael has learned that everything is better with a little common sense. He is incredibly happily married, has five amazing children, and lives in Utah.
Marion Jensen
Marion Jensen is the author of the upcoming novel, Almost Supper. He is the father of a small army of boys. He is a devoted beard-wearer who enjoys running and bacon. Marion lives in Farmington, Utah, and he knows exactly who dealt it.
Josi Kilpack
Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond when she was 13. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and accredits her writing "education" to the many novels she has "studied" since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn't stopped. Sheep's Clothing won her the Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense. Rocky Road, the tenth book in the Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series, was released in August, 2013. Josi currently lives in Utah with her family.
Kristyn Crow
Kristyn Crow is a Utah Book Award nominee who has published with G.P. Putnam Sons, HarperCollins, Walker/ Bloomsbury, Albert Whitman, Inc., and Scholastic. Her book, Cool Daddy Rat, received starred reviews, a blue ribbon from the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, and won the Reuben Award. Bedtime at the Swamp was nominated for both the Ladybug award, and the Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award. Kristyn is a busy mother of seven musical children, and is married to a Utah Highway Patrolman.
Kathy Gordon
With thirty-nine years of experience in corporate and internal communications, public relations, media relations, marketing communications, and publications management, Kathryn Gordon currently serves as the managing editor at Covenant Communications. Former president-elect of the Association of Utah Publishers, Kathryn has been involved in community service, the field of education, and has served on many boards. She is the author or co-author of more than seven dozen published books, and wrote an award-winning book-length poetry manuscript. A former member of Sigma Delta Chi, she was named an Outstanding Young Woman of America. She and her husband, Glenn, parent a combined family of ten children and five grandchildren.
Daniel Ruesch
Daniel Ruesch has worked for many decades as an independent graphic designer for clients from Utah to Tasmania. He has been involved with a variety of design assignments, but has a special love for book design and promotion. Working on over 120 book projects over the years, Dan still loves everything about the book process: "I love books. I love to read them, to write them, to illustrate them, and designing them. I'm even married to a librarian! I can easily spend hours in a library or bookstore perusing books."
Kelly Schumacher
Kelly Schumacher is the marketing manager for Covenant Communications where she helps strategize and implement marketing plans for both fiction and nonfiction books. Kelly also teaches marketing classes through UVU's Community Ed program. In her free time she freelance writes and bakes.
Caleb Warnock
Caleb Warnock is the author of three popular nonfiction books and a novel: Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers, The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast, Backyard Winter Gardening, and Trouble's On the Menu, A Tippy Canoe Romp. Caleb has an MA in writing and has won more than 20 awards for writing and journalism.
Nancy Campbell Allen
Nancy Campbell Allen is the author of 11 published novels--from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. She's won a Best in State award and nominated for the Whitney Award twice. Nancy has a BS in Elementary Education and is a freelance editor. When not editing or writing, this mother of three reads, researches, and enjoys time with family, friends, and Thor (her large Siberian Husky).
Virginia Grenier
A Mom's Choice Honoree, and twice voted one of the Top Ten Editors in the Pre-editors and Editors Poll, Virginia Grenier is co-founder and partner of the World of Ink Network, a Virtual Tour Coordinator, writing coach, blog talk radio host, and the founder of Stories for Children Publishing (SFC Publishing), LLC. Grenier is the Heritage Writers Guild's current president, and hosts blog talk radio's "Stories for Children," "Families Matter," "What is Success," and "The Writing Mama." Virginia loves dressing up for Halloween and still believes in Santa Claus.
Scott Hatch
Following a career in software documentation, technical marketing communications, periodicals publishing, and trades press publishing, Scott Hatch has taught technical communication, editing, and wilderness writing in the UVU English and Literature Dept. He's also taught creative writing for BYU. He's published in Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, and is a published poet. United States Poet Laureate, Billy Collins, said of Scott's work, "This poet has an unerring ear... the gift, the light touch, and yet serious ballast on board."
Ken Baker
Ken Baker lives in Utah, but grew up in the California Bay area. He's had three picture books published, but also writes YA and middle grade fiction. In addition to writing books, he operates a freelance writing business where he writes marketing content for businesses. When he's not reading and writing books, he loves to spend time with his family -- going on adventures and watching his children play sports. He also loves basketball, boating, scuba diving, and exercising at the gym.
Karin Anderson
Karin Anderson is an English and Literature Professor at UVU. She received her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literary Theory from the University of Utah. She teaches Creative Writing, Nonfiction Literary Genre, Poststructuralist Theory, and other courses. Her writing has appeared in Western Humanities Review, Saranac Review, American Literary Review, Quarter After Eight, and Fiddleback. She is a Contributing Editor at, which is publishing her upcoming book, Breach, in Fall 2013.
David W. Smith
Creator and author of the top-selling Disney books, Hidden Mickey, David W. Smith also authored two tennis instructional books, Tennis Mastery, and Coaching Mastery. Owner of Synergy Books Publishing, Smith also wrote the nonfiction book, In the Shadow of the Matterhorn: Intimate Stories about Life, Love, and Laughter at Disneyland. He is Senior Editor for and has published over 350 articles for domestic and international tennis journals. A frequent keynote speaker, David is an accomplished bass and guitar player and professional magician. A father of two, he has been married for 25 years to Dr. Kerri Smith.
Lisa Mangum
Lisa Mangum has loved books her whole life. She graduated with an honors degree in English from the University of Utah. She has worked in the publishing department at Deseret Book since 1997. She is also the award-winning author of four young adult novels.
Wendy Paul
Wendy Paul has been baking and cooking for many years. She is a contributor to Studio 5, where she regularly features her recipes. When she isn't in her kitchen creating new recipes, she is crafting, consignment shopping, and enjoying her family. Wendy is the author of the bestselling 101 Gourmet Series and lives in Utah with her husband, children, and a dog (ironically named Cupcake).