Le Petit Prince

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry) I saw today that one of my favorite books, The Little Prince, is going to be an animated movie. I tend to stay cautiously optimistic (which a co-worker pointed out to me today is just a form a of pessimism…) about things I might be enticed to be excited about, but it looks gorgeous!! I really like the way they are framing the story in the life of a child who is being driven… Read more

TABC 2015 Wrap Up: A Story about Mr. Potato Head

  Hey Everyone, I could bore you all with my navel gazing self important reflections on my time at Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. I could brag about my class or meeting Brandon Sanderson and Jessica Day George? Really, are you all that interested in that? Do Brandon and Jessica need the hype (amazingly nice people though they are, staying two hours after the event to make sure everyone’s book got signed). I thought not. Instead, I’m going to give you all an… Read more

Flea Market Joy

  (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry)   This past weekend, my eldest and I hit a local Flea Market. He found some treasures, and so did I! I found a few Star Trek Next Generation collectables (a phaser, communicator and a Lore action figure that the guy threw in for free) and a Doctor Who comic book in excellent condition, in a sleeve, from 1981. It was the Fourth Doctor, who happens to be one of my favorites. I… Read more

Bigfoot and Chupacabra: Perfect Together

(Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)   Very often, people think that working for a Church must be so nice and calm and easy. It’s not. It’s great—I love it—but on a daily basis we deal with the very serious realities of people’s lives: death, illness, poverty and disaster, mental and emotional issues, addiction; anything that can cause distress to an individual or family. There’s loads of happy stuff, too, but the weight of the reality of people’s lives can… Read more

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: David Powers King

    (So, tomorrow, I leave for Utah right after work. David Powers King will be our last interview for TABC and its a great one! Stay tuned to this channel for more TABC coverage. David talks about his new novel, Woven, and how important worldview is to any writer)   What started you on the writing path? I had a very cool idea pop into my mind when I was 13. I was getting into science fiction, and I… Read more

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Matthew Kirby

(Back In September at Salt Lake City Comic Con, I had dinner with a bunch of awesome authors, including Matthew Kirby. We talked about a lot of things from C.S. Lewis to the struggles of being a writer. Really appreciated him and his take on things. So, it’s a pleasure to present this interview for Teen Author Boot Camp 2015. His new book series, The Arctic Code, comes out April 28th. ) What was the one event in your life that… Read more

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: J.R. Johansson

  (Next up on the TABC 2015 front, author J.R. Johansson. She’s got some amazing things to say about her struggles as a mom and a writer. Her new book, Cut me Free, is in book outlets everywhere )   What was the one event in your life that got you writing? I don’t know if it was any one event, but I had just gone through a divorce, was a single mom for the first time ever, and my 5-year-old son… Read more

Teen Author Boot Camp Interview 2015: Co-Founder and Author Lois Brown

(The countdown to Teen Author Boot Camp is now at ten days. Rumor has it, over 625 teens have signed up for this conference. Lois Brown, one of the co-founders, has written an amazing book, Robbed of Soul,  that she is really launching at the camp. Below, she gives us her thoughts on writing, never giving up and working to be a better writer)   What was the one event in your life that got you writing? I really didn’t think I’d become a… Read more

The Battle Of What Seemed Like Five Hours

  (Jonathan Ryan posting for Jen Schlameuss-Perry.)   I am the parent of a teenager. This puts me in the weird new reality of my humongous child now venturing away from the house without me; going out with his friends instead. He gets to go to movies—in the theater. I used to do that… He has already seen two movies that I wanted to see before I got to. The first was “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the second… Read more

Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Interview: Co-Founder and Author Jo Schaffer

  (What better way to start our Teen Author Boot Camp 2015 Coverage than with two of its founders? First up is Jo Schaffer, whose book,  Against Her Will, releases today! So, go buy it.  She has some pretty fantastic thoughts on writing, her worldview, and how young writers can have fun. Plus, she will be doing a panel discussion and book signing at the King’s English in Salt Lake the night before TABC).   What was the one event in… Read more

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