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Brad Bertelsen is a lifelong resident of Springville, Utah. He graduated from Springville High School and later received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in psychology.

Brad is a recovering alcoholic with twenty-three years of sobriety. He is the author of The Promised Land of Recovery: An LDS Guide to Overcoming Addiction, published in 2010. He is an active member of the LDS Addiction Recovery Twelve Step Program and has worked with other alcoholics and addicts.

Brad is a banker by profession. He enjoys long walks, good music, the scriptures, good books, and attending the temple. He and his wife, Darlene, are the parents of two wonderful teens. Brad is an author for Gospel Ideals.

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Trina Boice grew up in California and recently moved to Las Vegas.   In 2004, she was honored as the California Young Mother of the Year, an award which completely amuses her four sons.  She’s the author of twelve books.

In addition to attending other colleges, Trina studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and later returned there to serve an LDS mission in Madrid for 1 ½ years.  She has a Real Estate license, Travel Agent license, 2 Masters degrees, and a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, although she’s the first one to admit she’d pass out from fright if she were ever really attacked by a bad guy. She is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit her site here.

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Anne Bradshaw was born in Caernarvon, Wales, and grew up in England. She has lived in the United States for fifteen years with her husband, Bob, their four children, and fifteen grandchildren. Anne enjoys writing books and screenplays, reading, genealogy, aromatherapy, and walking. She is the author of seven books—including Volumes One and Two of True Miracles with Genealogy (Volume Two was a 2012 Global eBook winner), Famous Family Nights, Please, No Zits! & Other Short Stories, and a Young Adult mystery titled Dingo. She is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit Anne’s site here.

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Natalie ConfortoNatalie Conforto grew up in a rural area of San Diego, California.  After obtaining a degree in Humanities and Art History with a minor in Music from Brigham Young University, Natalie and her husband made their home in West Jordan, Utah.  Most of her time and energy goes into raising her five children.  Passionate about exposing her children to the arts, Natalie heads up a volunteer art education program for her children’s elementary school while also running a free dance studio at her stake center for anyone who lives in the neighborhood.  Natalie loves skiing with her family, learning to cook exotic entrees with her husband, and staying up way too late with a deliciously good book.  Hoping to publish her children’s books soon, Natalie is thrilled to use her writing to share her greatest treasure, the gospel. Natalie is an author with Gospel Ideals.

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Robert FantinoRobert Fantina is an author, journalist and human rights activist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and a master’s degree in administration, policy and planning from Rutgers University, both in New Jersey. He is the author of six books, including one LDS novel.

A convert of over 30 years, Bob grew up in New Jersey in a devout Roman Catholic family. He and his wife are the parents of one son, and now reside in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, where he currently serves as the Ward Mission Leader. Visit his website at robertfantina.com.

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DaronFraley

Daron Fraley is the author of The Thorn, a religious speculative fiction novel, the short story anthology WATER and Other Stories, and Thirty-Six, a novella to be released in the summer of 2012. Daron loves the scriptures, especially the Old Testament and the Book of Mormon. With its poetic descriptions and Messianic prophecies, the book of Isaiah frequently beckons to him. His favorite places on earth are those where he can relax, think, and dream. He relishes those quiet moments when he can ponder on spiritual things. Daron’s favorite movie of all time is Ben Hur. In his opinion, the scenes where Christ gives the condemned Judah water, and then years later, Judah returns the kindness when Jesus stumbles on the way to the cross, are some of the most poignant, awe-inspiring moments ever filmed. The emotional power of that movie is but one reason why Daron loves to write religious fiction. He is an editor and author for Gospel Ideals. Visit Daron’s blog here.

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Linda Garner PhotoLinda Garner is a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  She has served in the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations of the Church.  She served a mission with her husband in Arkansas from August 2006 to March 2008.  She loves making a difference, and often writes about difficult subjects.  Her picture book Some Secrets Hurt was written to empower children to take control of their own bodies.  Linda has 7 children, 21 grandchildren and 5 great grands.  You may think she looks too young to have great grandchildren, and you are right, but that is a story for another day.

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Ted GibbonsTed Gibbons and his wonderful wife, Lydia, are the parents of twelve children, all of them girls except seven. Ted Gibbons taught in the Seminaries and Institutes of the Church for over 38 years. His years of studying and teaching the scriptures have nurtured a great love of the word of God and the mission of the Redeemer of the world.  That love has led to several publications of fiction and non-fiction.  He has also published poetry, and the lyrics of several of musical pieces including some presented by the Tabernacle Choir.  He has performed his one-man stage production, Sealing the Testimony: Willard Richards’ Eyewitness Account of the Martyrdom, about two thousand times in the United States and Mexico.  His photos have appeared as a series of fine art prints, and on the covers of books, magazines, and musical productions, and in strategic places in several family photo albums. He is an author with Gospel Ideals. Visit Ted’s site here.

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NicholeGilesNichole Giles is the author of Mormon Mishaps and Mischief and The Sharp Edge of a Knife. She was born in Nevada, and moved with her parents to a number of cities in and around the Midwest. Her early career plans included becoming a megastar actress or a rock star, but she decided instead to have a family and then become a writer, in that order. Writing is her passion, but she also loves to spend time with her husband and four children, travel to tropical and exotic destinations, drive in the rain with the convertible top down, and play music at full volume so she can sing along. She is an editor for Gospel Ideals. Visit Nichole’s blog here.

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Donna Hatch

 

Donna Hatch is a multi-published, award-winning author of fiction novels. She is also a freelance copywriter, business writer, and editor. A sought-after speaker and workshop presenter, she feels passionate about the fine-tuning process of editing; it’s the distinction between good writing and great writing. She is an editor for Gospel Ideals. Visit Donna’s blog here.

 

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Rachel HertRachel Hert was born and raised in Colorado. Throughout her life she has had two great loves—the gospel and books. As a teenager, she visited Martin’s Cove with a youth group recreating the trek of the Martin and Willie handcart company. Since that trip she has striven every day to make sure she lives the way God would want her to, following the promptings He gives no matter how crazy they may seem to her. One of these promptings led her to meet her wonderful husband. They have since had two children she wouldn’t trade for the world.

Rachel currently works as a freelance editor of science fiction and fantasy novels. She loves writing, editing, reading, spending time with her family, and providing service to anyone who needs it. A short story of hers will be published in A Circle of Sisters compiled by Jolyn Brown in May of 2013. Rachel is an editor for Gospel Ideals.

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Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen was raised in Rexburg, Idaho. She studied writing at Ricks College, Weber State University, and Utah State University and now travels with her husband throughout the United States and Europe in search of fascinating settings and intriguing characters. She is the author of Missing, Trapped, and The Heroes of the Highest Order early reader series. She is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit Ronda’s site here.

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Paul Hyde picPaul N. Hyde is a native Californian who has spent most of his life elsewhere. After a four-year stint in the United States Air Force, he served a two and one-half year mission in Southeast Mexico. This was followed by his marriage to Patricia Holmberg. They are the parents of seven children, the grandparents of thirty and the great-grand parents of two. Paul earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Brigham Young University; the first as a Spanish Major/English Teaching Minor and the second in English Language and Linguistics. He later earned a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from Purdue University. His academic writings have been primarily focused on the creative linguistics of J.R.R. Tolkien, having produced several reference texts on Tolkien’s languages, together with numerous articles published in Mythlore and in other journals.

For thirty-five years Paul served in the Church Educational System, first as a Seminary teacher in Bountiful, Utah, and then as an Institute Instructor at Cypress College, Purdue University, UCLA, USC, the University of New Mexico, and finally at Utah Valley State College, where he retired in 2004. Since that time he has been writing verse-by-verse commentaries on the standard works of the LDS Church for his family and friends in limited editions, which task is almost complete. His autobiography, “Coming of Age”, presently stands at six large volumes with more in the cue. He is a published poet, lyricist, and essayist. He occasionally performs with three of his daughters in their musical group, “The Forest for the Trees”. Of all of the varied venues in which he has participated, however, he much prefers answering the questions of sincere enquirers after truth.

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Darla Isackson was raised in Idaho, then graduated from Utah State University and served a mission in southern California for the LDS Church. She co-authored the book To Parents with Love during the years she was raising her five sons. She co-founded, edited, and wrote for Latter-day Woman Magazine in the 80s and later served as managing editor for Covenant Communications and then Aspen Books. She is currently managing editor and writer for a senior publication.

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Gracia N. Jones is a great-great-granddaughter of Joseph and Emma Smith.  She is a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 1956. She has authored numerous books about Joseph and Emma Smith as well as articles in magazines both print and online.

As historian for the Joseph and Emma Hale Smith Historical Society (JSEHS) she served as History Consultant for the film, Emma Smith: My Story; she participated in several documentaries on the Joseph Smith Family descendants, including Discovering Emma, and Children of JosephThe Unknown Story, produced by JSEHS.  She was interviewed by Carole Makita, KSL TV; and Kathy Aiken, also KSL; Gracia’s story is on the Mormon Channel, in their Reflections on Joseph Smith program.

Gracia and her wonderful husband, C. Ivor Jones are retired; their home is in St. George, Utah. They travel extensively finding Smith descendants and giving presentations on Joseph and Emma Smith and their family history.

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Randy McNeely is a husband, a father of five, and an aspiring children’s picture book author. He is also a singer/songwriter and has written several patriotic songs, children’s songs and multiple religious hymns, including Oh Jesus, Savior of Mankind, which won a Special Recognition award in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2008 Music Submission contest. He and two of his daughters recently recorded and released the children’s song Everybody Speaks Smile!

Randy loves helping and serving people. He is currently working with some friends to establish a non-profit organization, The SunSmiled Foundation, to provide a secure, private, social network for the critically ill or injured, their family, and friends. Randy is an author for Gospel Ideals. You can learn more about his latest project by clicking here.

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Christy Monson grew up in Ogden, Utah. She graduated from Utah State University and completed a master’s degree at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. She and her husband mentored youth in various areas of the United States while working for the Seminary and Institute program of the LDS Church. They have six children.

Christy built a successful Marriage and Family Therapy practice in Las Vegas, Nevada. Now that she is retired, she loves writing. She has two children’s books, Texting Through Time, A Trek with Brigham Young, and Texting Through Time, John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle. She has a self-help book that will be out the spring of 2013. She loves working in her garden and spending time with her grandchildren. She is an author for Gospel Ideals. You can visit her website here.

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Stephanie A. MonsonStephanie Monson is a project manager at Soapbox Agency at Brigham Young University Idaho, which oversees marketing campaigns for various clients, a mentor and research coordinator at the BYU–I Presentation Practice Center, and a full-time student. Previous Soapbox clients include United Way Airlines, SIRI, and the Madison Education Foundation.

Currently, Stephanie is completing a communications degree with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in creative writing. For the duration of her college education, Stephanie has been the recipient of the full-tuition Academic Scholarship Award. Having once struggled with her own questions and concerns about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stephanie is now dedicated to helping others come to a clearer understanding of the marvelous truths the LDS church provides.

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Dan Olsen was born and raised in Southern California. He moved once as a child about a mile away from his first home. That was one of the reasons his beautiful wife, Wendy, agreed to marry him, i.e. he was stable. Since getting married they have lived in Southern California, Northern California, Utah, on two separate occasions, Arizona, and they currently reside in Dallas, TX.

Dan has previously had short stories, anecdotes, and non-fictional articles published. He is an author for Gospel Ideals. A life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Dan maintains a religiously based blog, here.

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Jeffrey Olsen grew up in Utah and served an LDS Mission to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He has degrees from BYU, Duke University, and the University of Utah. By day, he works as a physical therapist at Ogden Regional Medical Center as the Director of the Rehab Department and the Total Joint Center. By night, he spends his time as a husband, father to four children, piano teacher, soccer/basketball coach, chauffer, homework specialist, and repair guy. In between, he loves to write and last year published his first LDS fiction novel, Called To Serve Again. He also has a passion for teaching the gospel, and looks forward to serving another mission in the future, but this time with his eternal companion by his side. Jeffrey is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit his blog here.

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Lynn Parsons was born and raised in California. She has lived in North Texas for 24 years. After 20 years as a stay-at-home mother, Lynn became a special education teacher. This mother of four and grandmother of four is now an educational diagnostician. Lynn is also working on her PhD in Exceptional Child and continues to work on projects to advocate for those with special needs.

Lynn is the co-author of (dis)Abilities and the Gospel. She hopes her book helps churches include those with disabilities. Lynn is enjoying her empty nest time with her husband. She also enjoys writing, listening to music, reading, blogging, knitting, and genealogy. She is an author for Gospel Ideals. She has two websites to help families and those who work with them to help the disabled, LDS disAbilites Help and Lynn D. Parsons.com.

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Andrea Pearson is a reading and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys playing the piano and viola. She loves hiking and biking with her husband, oil painting, drawing, watching movies, spending time with family and close friends, and thunderstorms. She’s an editor for Gather.com’s official writing group, Writing Essential, and has written for the magazine Mormon Artist. A few years ago, she decided the world didn’t have enough clean literature for children and teens, so she started writing stories parents wouldn’t be afraid to let their kids read. She has four books published – three middle-grade fantasies and one teen romance. She is an editor for Gospel Ideals. Visit Andrea’s blog here.

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Bonnie Schenk-Darrington has mercilessly wielded her red pencil as a freelance editor for the past ten years. Her specialties include religious nonfiction, the sciences, and the social sciences, but she has edited just about every genre of fiction and nonfiction. She has an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Montana, with an emphasis in Asian Studies, and a B.A. in anthropology from Utah State University, with an emphasis in Museum Studies and a minor in French. Her hobbies include reading all kinds of books, directing and writing for community theater, and researching and writing family history. She has one handsome husband, three adorable children, one mischievous cat, and too many dictionaries and style guides to count. She is an editor and author for Gospel Ideals.

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Marlene Bateman Sullivan was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in Sandy, Utah.  She graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor’s degree in English. She is married to Kelly R. Sullivan and they are the parents of seven children.  Her hobbies are gardening, camping, and reading. Marlene has been published extensively in magazines and newspapers and has written a number of non-fiction books, including: Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, vol.1, Latter-day Saint Heroes and Heroines, vol. 2, And There Were Angels Among Them, Visit’s From Beyond the Veil, By the Ministering of Angels, and Brigham’s Boys. Marlene also wrote the best-selling novel, Light on Fire Island. Her latest novel, Deception, will be published in 2013. She will also have two non-fiction books out in 2013, Gaze Into Heaven: Near-death experiences in early church history, and Heart of a Hero, which is a collection of true experiences in early church history. Marlene is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit her site here.

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Jenn WilksJenn Wilks is a freelance editor and aspiring author, and she is currently attending Brigham Young University to get her degree in English with a minor in editing. She lives in Utah and works hard to juggle going to school, raising four active children, and writing books. Jenn has won several awards for various works of fiction over the years, although her first published piece will be a short, nonfiction story in an upcoming anthology titled A Circle of Sisters, which is being published by Walnut Springs Press in 2013. In her spare time, Jenn likes to read books, eat ice cream, and have fun with her family. She is an editor for Gospel Ideals. You can learn more about Jenn on her blog by clicking here.

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MichaelYoungMichael Young is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a degree in German Teaching and a minor in Music. Though he grew up traveling the world with his military father, he now lives in Utah with his wife, Jen, and his two sons. Michael enjoys acting in community theater, playing and writing music, and spending time with his family. He played for several years with the handbell choir Bells on Temple Square and is now a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

He is the author of the novels The Canticle Kingdom and The Last Archangel. He is also the author of the inspirational pamphlet Portrait of a Mother and several web serials through BigWorldNetwork.com. He has also had work featured in various online and print magazines such as Mindflights, The New Era, Allegory, and Ensign. He is an author for Gospel Ideals. Visit Michael’s blog here.