Liz Adair

Born in southern New Mexico, and mother of seven, Liz began writing as middle age approached.

Since then she’s published nine novels and two novellas. She’s won the Whitney Award and has been finalist for another Whitney as well as the Willa Award, Arizona Publishing Association’s Glyph Award, the RONE Award, and the Utah Book Award. In 2017 she was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Whitney Award for her work in mentoring writers.

Liz turned indie with her 7th novel, and she’s never looked back.

After living in Washington State for forty years, Liz and her husband, Derrill, moved to southern Utah. Her last four novels have been set in red rock country.

Liz sends out a newsletter that began as weekly and dwindled to occasionally. If you’d like to be on the mailing list, email her at

Holli Anderson

Holli Anderson has a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing—which has nothing to do with writing, except maybe by adding some pretty descriptive injury and vomit scenes to her books. She discovered her joy of writing during a very trying period in her life when escaping into make-believe saved her. She enjoys reading any book she gets her hands on.

Besides being an author, Holli is the Chief Editor of Immortal Works Press—a publishing company that strives to bring to readers books that are appropriate for teens and intriguing to adults, publishing books of all fiction genres, middle grade through adult.

Along with her husband, Steve, and their four sons, she lives in Grantsville, Utah—the same small town in which she grew up.

Shirley Bahlmann

Shirley Bahlmann has published over 20 books of several genres, mostly non-fiction. She’s currently working behind the scenes on ghostwriting projects that warm her heart, with more clients than she can work for at once. She LOVES writing so much that her plan is to die laughing with a pen in her hand and paper scattered all around her like giant confetti. (Heaven offers unlimited writing time and instant publication, just in case you were wondering.)

Shanan Ballam

Shanan Ballam is the author of the poetry chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers (Finishing Line 2010) and two full-length poetry collections Pretty Marrow (Negative Capability 2013) and Inside the Animal: The Collected Red Riding Hood Poems (Main Street Rag Publishing 2019). She earned an MFA in poetry writing from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, studying under her mentor, William Trowbridge, former Poet Laureate of Missouri. Her work has appeared in several literary journals and anthologies, most recently in Tar River Poetry, DIAGRAM, South Dakota Review, and Sugar House Review. She is a Senior Lecturer and teaches poetry writing, fiction writing, and composition for Utah State University. She was named the 2014 Lecturer of the Year for the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, and she served on the Utah Arts Council Board of Directors as the Literary Arts Representative from 2013-2017.

Julie Coulter Bellon

Julie Coulter Bellon has written back cover copy for award-winning authors for the past six years, including USA Today Bestsellers. She earned an English degree from BYU, has been a professional editor for nearly twenty years, and is the author of nearly two dozen romantic suspense novels. Her book All Fall Down won the RONE award for Best Suspense, The Capture and Second Look were Whitney Award finalists for Best Suspense, and Julie has been a #1 bestseller on several Amazon category lists.

Julie loves to travel and her favorite cities she’s visited so far are probably Athens, Paris, Ottawa, and London. She loves to read, write, teach, watch Hawaii Five-O, and eat Canadian chocolate. Not necessarily in that order.

Julie offers book deals, reviews, and writing tips on her blog You can also find out about all her upcoming projects at her website

Brooke Bishop

Brooke Bishop is a writer, freelance editor, writing coach and speaker. She has collected tips for the last decade and is determined to give back to aspiring authors and make the road to success more attainable in record time. She gives freebie tips and connects with writers on Instagram, @writingnookwithbrooke and her website When she’s not writing, coaching, or practicing yoga, she’s wrangling her two amazing boys with all her affection.

Rebecca Blevins

Rebecca Blevins is from the Midwest, land of tornadoes and cows—hopefully not mixed together—and currently lives in the Utah Valley. She is an editor for Salt & Sage books and is the author of two contemporary sweet romances as well as the Captain Schnozzlebeard pirate adventure series for children. She loves reading, cooking, and attempting to learn a little about a whole lot of things.

JoLyn Brown

JoLyn Brown began seriously pursuing writing ten years ago after she attended her first writing conference. She has a passion for helping new writers find their confidence and voice. She writes religious themed nonfiction and fiction and is working on her first fantasy novel. Her latest publication was BREAK, a standalone companion novel to her first teen book, RUN. JoLyn’s nonfiction published works include: YOU ARE WORTH IT: ETERNAL PERSPECTIVES FOR A YOUNG WOMAN, VALUES-CENTERED ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG WOMEN, HOME EVENINGS FOR NEWLYWEDS, and the compilation A CIRCLE OF SISTERS.

Don Carey

Don Carey writes both Contemporary Realism and Science Fiction Adventure. He has long been fascinated by human nature, and loves trying to understand the thoughts and motivations of those around him. That interest has served him well as he writes stories about his “imaginary friends.” Don currently lives in Kansas with his family. His day job involves writing computer programs, which is almost the same as writing fiction, but with a lot more semicolons.

Raven Chiong

Raven has been writing for as long as she can remember, beginning with love notes – a pen pal to her absent mother.

Raven is a lifelong student, life coach, and educator. She served as a United States Ambassador at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia, Greece and took ten 10-year-olds to Australia for ten days!

Publications include “Nourishing the Wild Woman-El Rio Abajo Rio” (John F. Kennedy University -Holistic Counseling Psychology), “Billy Mills” (University of Florida Archives), “Making a Difference” (Florida Running Magazine), and Kanab City Library’s 100th Birthday Celebration Booklet. Additionally, Raven’s poetry and photography can be found in Kanab’s own Kanab Arts Magazine.

Raven’s chosen homeland is beautiful Kanab, Utah where she is Founding President of the “Willow Wind Poets” – a new chapter of the Utah State Poetry Society. ( Her poems “Lowering the Bar” (Kathryn Kay category) and “Ode to Februaro” (Whitaker Award category) were awarded 3rd place and First Honorable Mention, respectively, at the 2018 Utah State Poetry Society contest. Raven continues to follow her calling at Best Friends Animal Society alongside her rescue dogs Dulce, Buddy Chiong, Esq, Sage, and Bean.

Brock Dethier

Brock retired last June after teaching writing for 44 years, running the USU composition program for the last 11. He has published five books for college composition teachers and students, as well as two books of poems.

Merry Gordon

Merry Gordon is silently correcting your grammar. An editor with Pink Umbrella Books, Merry also has nearly two decades of experience teaching English at the high school and junior college level. She is the editor of the Arizona Beehive, an LDS newspaper in the Valley, and the anthology Alcott’s Imaginary Heroes: The Little Women Legacy. Merry is a book geek, a Netflix binger, and a connoisseur of all things chocolate. She lives with her husband and children in Arizona.

Valerie Ipson

Valerie Ipson loves her awesome family…and reading, writing, genealogy, and Hershey’s Extra Creamy Milk Chocolate Toffee & Almond Nuggets (can the name be any longer?). She lives in Mesa, Arizona, and writes YA and Christmas Romance. She also creates book journals in honor of her mom (Book Love by ej journals), for those who like keeping track of what they read. All available on Amazon.

Janet Johnson

Janet Sumner Johnson lives in Logan, Utah with her husband and three children. When she isn’t driving her kids to yet another activity, she is busy writing or researching ways to torture her kids. She is the author of the middle grade book The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society (Capstone, 2016), and her first picture book will be released in spring of 2020 (Capstone). You can visit her website at

Betsy Love

Betsy Love has been writing since she could hold a pen. She has a degree in English and Secondary Education and loves teaching and sharing with others Betsy has seven published titles and plans for at least three more in the next few months. When not writing, she loves traveling to visit family or escaping the desert heat to go to her mountain property. She is an award winning essayist and Whitney nominee.

Annette Lyon

Annette Lyon is a USA Today bestselling author, a 5-time Best of State medalist for novels and short stories in Utah, and a Whitney Award winner. She’s had success as a professional editor and in newspaper, magazine, and technical writing, but her first love is writing fiction. She’s a cum laude graduate from BYU with a degree in English and is the author of dozens of titles, including the Whitney Award-winning Band of Sisters, a chocolate cookbook, and a grammar guide. She is one of the original founders of the Timeless Romance Anthology series, which she also edited for its first two-and-a-half years. She has received five publication awards from the League of Utah Writers, including the Silver Quill, and she’s one of the four coauthors of the Newport Ladies Book Club series. Annette is represented by Heather Karpas at ICM Partners.

Lisa Mangum

Lisa Mangum has worked in the publishing department of Deseret Book since 1997. She has been the Managing Editor for the Shadow Mountain since 2014 and has worked with several New York Times best-selling authors, including Brandon Mull, Ally Condie, and Jason F. Wright. While fiction is her first love, she also has experience working with nonfiction projects (memoir, educational, cookbooks) and some children’s picture books.

Lisa is also the author of four national best-selling YA novels (The Hourglass Door trilogy and After Hello), and several short stories and novellas. She has also edited four anthologies based on magical creatures. She graduated with honors from the University of Utah, and currently lives in Taylorsville, Utah, with her husband, Tracy.

Rod Miller

Rod Miller is a four-time winner and six-time finalist for the Western Writers of America Spur Award, recognized for novels, short stories, poetry, and a song. Other awards for his work come from organizations including Westerners International, Western Fictioneers, and the Academy of Western Artists. In 2012 the League of Utah Writers named him Writer of the Year.

Miller writes fiction, poetry, and history related to the American West and is author of seven novels (with two more awaiting release), a collection of short stories, four nonfiction books, and three collections of poetry, as well as several appearances in anthologies and numerous magazine articles and book reviews.

A frequent presenter at writers’ conferences and other events, Miller also reads and lectures to a variety of community groups.

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Lee Nelson

Author of over 30 books, Nelson is widely known for killing a bull buffalo from the back of a galloping horse with a bow and arrow, a research project for his Storm Testament series of historical novels on Church history and the old west. Nelson’s novels and history volumes, combined with his non-fiction books on near death experiences, have sold over  a million copies.

Lee has owned cattle ranches in Utah, Nevada and Montana He is a team roper and invented the Heel-O-Matic, the preferred practice machine for cowboys who rope feet,  featured in a Chevy truck advertisement during the Super Bowl. Western Horseman Magazine ran a feature article on Lee selling 83 trucks in a saddle horse race with a Montana rancher in a dispute over the price of a new truck.

Lee and his wife Sharon live on a small farm in Mapleton, Utah where they raised eight children who have given them 26 grandchildren.

Adrienne Quintana

As an author who has published both traditionally with a small press, and independently, Adrienne Quintana has experience on both sides. She also works with independent authors on a regular basis through her micro-publishing company, Pink Umbrella Books.

Janette Rallison

USA Today, bestselling author, Janette Rallison/ CJ Hill writes books because writing is much more fun than cleaning bathrooms.  Her avoidance of housework has led her to writing 29 novels that have sold over 1,000,000 print copies and have been on many reading and state lists. They’ve been translated into German, French, Portuguese, Polish and Norwegian.  Her books are fantasy, sci-fi, and romantic comedy because hey, there is enough angst in real life, but there’s a drastic shortage of humor, romance and hot guys who fight dragons.  She lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, kids, and enough cats to classify her as eccentric.

Joseph Stevenson

Joseph Stevenson is an SEO Consultant, Obstacle Course Racer and Programmer. Joseph has authored multiple books including 2 Amazon best sellers. Joseph resides in Henderson Nevada with his wife and 4 children.

Kristy Stewart

Kristy G. Stewart of Looseleaf Editorial & Production has been a book editor and designer for over seven years, and she’s worked with authors ranging from newbies just off their first novel drafts to bestselling pros. She has a BA in English (with a minor in editing) and an MA in English (emphasizing folklore, fairy tales, and media studies). She is also an intermittent professor of various word-related subjects and one of the creators of an big data analysis project for fairy tales on TV.

Johan Twiss

Johan Twiss is passionate about writing clean science fiction, fantasy, and crime fiction stories. He has six published works, including his acclaimed novel, 4 Years Trapped in My Mind Palace, and the I Am Sleepless series. Johan doubles as an audiobook narrator and loves narrating almost as much as writing. He’s a recipient of the Lonestar.Ink Rising Star Award and was a finalist in the Screencraft Cinematic Book Competition. Besides writing, he enjoys painting, playing guitar, harmonica, and the blues. He’s worked with non-profits in the fight against human trafficking, which was the catalyst to writing his first story. You can learn more about Johan and his writing at

Cindy R. Williams

Cindy R Williams is a hybrid author of four published books with several more on the way in 2019. She is also has a column “The Book Nook” in a statewide AZ Newspaper. Cindy’s degree in Communications/Public Relations & Broadcast News has given her the skills to create her own book marketing programs. One of her most successful marketing strategies is school presentations resulting in numerous sells of her award-winning children’s picture book.