Tore this out of my idea journal to hang on my bulletin board. It inspires my creativity!

School Visit to Liahona Preparatory Academy

Yesterday, I visited the high school and junior high English classes at the Liahona Preparatory Academy. We talked about science fiction and fantasy and what makes them awesome, and about writing and the life of an author. I spoke to three different classes.

One of the students drew a picture of me while I spoke. So sweet. :)

The kids were all polite and attentive, and asked a ton of insightful questions to keep the discussion lively. I do hope they'll have me back again!


I finished the first draft of my Western fantasy novella, Zeke vs. the Shaman's Curse. It always feels so good to write those two little words. Lots of work still ahead, of course, but the story exists outside of my head, and will soon exist inside of yours!

If you'd like to meet Zeke now, check out Zeke vs. the Dust Devil on my Free Short Fiction tab above.

Anyone Remember These?

I have to decided revise and republish my Defenders of the Covenant prequel novellas as a collection. Watch for them soon!

Blast from the Past

I was looking through some papers when I found these rejection letters I saved because they were actually signed, in ink, by Stanley Schmidt and Sheila Williams. Some even included personal notes! Most encouraging rejections I ever got!

Spring Break

During spring break, my family and I visited the San Rafael Swell in Emery County, Utah. What a beautiful place! The Swell is the setting for my current project, Zeke vs. the Shaman's Curse, a Western fantasy novella.

If you'd like to meet my cowboy wizard Zeke now, check out Zeke vs. the Dust Devil on the Free Short Fiction tab above!

The Glory of the Stars Released

I am pleased to announce the release of  The Glory of the Stars!

On the vast generation ship, the Kingdom of Heaven, President Jeremiah Black’s word is law. It is doctrine. It is the voice of God.

Four hundred years ago, the First Families boarded the Kingdom of Heaven to leave behind a wicked Earth and find a new home where they could build Zion—on a planet they named Canaan, a place the ship wouldn’t reach for a thousand years. Only their descendants would see this new world. But after so many years, conditions on the Kingdom of Heaven are much different from what those First Families had planned.

When Nephi Packard of telestial deck runs afoul of President Black and his High Council, he learns the hard way why leftovers like him don’t mingle with the celestials. While recovering from his harsh punishment for violating the rules with Black's own granddaughter, an archangel appears to Nephi, and a calling to restore the true gospel to the Kingdom of Heaven turns Nephi’s life upside down.

Now, armed with the word of God, Nephi and his friends from telestial deck must bring light, truth, and freedom to the citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven without getting cast out of the ship into outer darkness for heresy by President Black and his celestials.

The Glory of the Stars is a tribute to faith, courage, and the power of God.