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 got you into writingThe single most important event to my own … [Read more...]

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

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(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 writer professionally until I started college. On a whi … [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 your life that got you writing?There re … [Read more...]

Bound by Words: Love, Tragedy and Faith in a Writer’s Group


(Last year, I met the five remarkable ladies who make up Writer's Cubed. They liked my writing and did me the honor of inviting me to speak at the 2014 Teen Author Boot Camp, a one day conference for teen writers. I had the time of my life and made life long friends. This year I'm going back and speaking at the 2015  TABC conference in a few weeks. Stay tuned for more interviews from the other authors at the conference. I've also updated this article with recent information. Go here for last … [Read more...]

2015….The Year I’ll Become a Writer Again And Not Chase Hollywood


I’m not sorry to see 2014 go. It’s been like riding a roller coaster ride conceived by Quentin Tarantino with enough violent twists to make anyone’s neck snap.A few of the turns include:I got a job as a book editor and moved to Notre Dame, Indiana. I love my job. I get to produce great books and help fellow authors hone their words. Is there a better job for a writer? I don’t think so. The whole thing about writers not being good editors is a crock of poo. Yes, writers shouldn’t edit thei … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview with Renee Collins


 (In a few hours, I'll be boarding a plane for Utah to speak at Teen Author Boot Camp. I'm beyond excited. One of the reasons is that I get to meet cool fellow authors like Renee Collins.)How did you get into writing?It sounds like such a cliche, but I've always been a writer. In high school, however, I wrote mostly angsty teenage love poetry to boys who absolutely didn't deserve my fervent passion. It wasn't until years later, after most of the angst had left my system, that I … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Agent Amy Jameson


(An agent can make or break an author. Get an amazing one (like me), and it's smooth sailing. Get a bad one, and suffer frustrating heartbreak. Amy Jameson, like all great agents, believes in cultivating writers and developing their talent.Check out what she says about being an agent and the future of the publishing industry. She will be giving a workshop at Teen Author Boot Camp 2014.) What inspired you to become an agent? I never knew literary agents existed until I moved to New York C … [Read more...]

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014: Interview with Sara Larson

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(We're less than a week away from Teen Author Boot Camp and I can't wait. It seems as if Utah has more YA writers than you can possibly imagine, and they're all pretty great. Sara Larson is no exception. She did me the honor of agreeing to an interview as she talks about writing and why teaching teen writers is so important to her)How did you get into writing? Writing has always been an integral part of who I am—I honestly can’t remember a time when I didn’t write. I even have notebooks f … [Read more...]