31 Mar 2017

Blog Tour Author Interview / Growing up with Conference

Make General Conference fun year-round!

From the creators of the blog Sweetly Made Just for You comes a new book filled with fun and creative ways to get your family excited for general conference, including crafts, recipes, FHE ideas, and more!


1.  If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
I look up to Gerald Lund, because he is a fantastic writer. I would also like to work with Josi Kilpack because my sisters and I met her at a Deseret Book blogger event and she was enthusiastic, down to earth, and shared interesting ideas about being an author.

2.  What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
My sisters are “stay at home” moms and worked on the book from home. Personally, I work at an elementary school as a Reading Intervention Specialist, so usually my writing occurred at night, after the kids went to bed! There were also occasions where I woke up in the middle of the night and came up with ideas. I have a notebook next to my bed and write the ideas quickly before I forget!

3.  What is the hardest part of the writing for you?
The hardest part of writing was the editing, which was a long and difficult process. The best part was writing with my sisters!

4.  When and why did you first start writing?
My sisters and I grew up writing short stories as children. In fact, we wrote a weekly family newspaper and passed it around to the family to read!! I used my writing skills at BYU when there were many papers to write. As an adult, I worked for a resume company and would use a lot of my writing skills to critique resumes. I’ve always enjoyed writing and like to share my ideas with others. My sisters and I also have a goal to someday write a children’s book!

5.  How did you come up with the idea for your book?
My sisters and I are raising children, and constantly share ideas with each other. One of our priorities as parents is to teach our children the gospel. So, we started collaborating our ideas of ways to make general conference and family home evening more exciting in our homes. We have also talked about writing a book about holidays and birthday parties, because this is another avenue that we get really creative! Actually, I had a dream about the book, which got me thinking about writing a book to tell others about all our ideas. I spoke with my sisters and we decided to get started on the project!

6.  Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
YES! I read every night. In fact, I can’t go to sleep until I have read. Right now, I am reading “The Orphan Keeper” by Camron Wright. Fantastic book!!

7.  Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Have patience, work hard, and persevere. Dreams do come true!