We are writers from different parts of the United States who joined together to share insights into the things that have brought us joy. In the Book of Mormon, it says:
Adam fell that men might be, and men are, that they might have joy. (2 Nephi 2:25)
That is our motto–to have joy! Joy is one of those rare commodities that increases when you share it and disappears when horded. We hope you have an abundance in your life, but if not, share some of ours until yours is replenished, and then when your joy tank is full, share it with others.
Charissa – Utah
Wife to my high school sweetheart, mother of three daughters and one son, daughter of God, oldest sibling of nine, writer of four novels, avid reader, and lover of irises, clouds, chocolate, sushi, and the great outdoors. Though I was born and raised in Las Vegas, I’ve never pulled a handle of a slot machine and can’t shuffle cards to save my life. I do shuffle kids, laundry, and church responsibilities rather well though. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints and sharing the joy of its message with others.
Jennifer – Alabama
Mother of three, wife to my one and only. Lover of late night talks, beach vacations, mountains, pink bubble gum ice cream, tours of model homes and southern living. I can frequently be found with my laptop on, fingers typing away, indulging in chocolate milk, and writing out the stories that are constantly swirling through my head.
Taylor – Texas
I’ve been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints since I was 13 years old. Two amazing missionaries knocked on my parents’ door—and my life changed forever—in an incredible way. I have 4 grown children and 4 grandsons & 1 granddaughter, and since they all live far away, I live for the next moment I get to see them. My children think my hobby is vacuuming, but actually I love to write romance novels, decorate my already decorated house, scrapbook every single picture I take, and attempt to cook recipes that look so darn easy when demonstrated on cooking shows. Oh, and after letting my husband read this bio, he said I should add that I have a wonderful husband. It’s true.
Natalie – Idaho
When I’m asked to name a talent, I say, “I can research.” I know…life of the party, right? I would like to blame this information obsession on my career as an attorney, but alas, I brought it with me to the profession, so it would be unfair to cast aspersions. In fact, every negotiation and litigation tactic I use as an attorney, I learned first as a SAHM to my three kids. “You don’t know Sam’s last name for me to check with his parents? Hmm…interesting. I noticed you guys are Facebook friends. Correct me if I’m WRONG but aren’t last names on Facebook?!? Ka-ching, I rest my case, your honor. Now, hand me my phone. No, that’s not an evil cackle, something just caught in my throat.” When I’m not cross-examining or otherwise harassing my children for sport, I love athletic events, camping, reading, sewing, decorating, DIY projects, and baking, as long as someone else does the dishes.
Linda – Utah
I was raised on a farm in southern Idaho and have made my home in southern Utah among the beautiful red mountains and desert heat. I am happily married and am the mother of 6 independent daughters and have several grandchildren. After my family began to leave the nest, I went back to college. It was one of the most frightening things I had ever done. Since I’m an author, you probably think I graduated in journalism. No! I received my BA in Theatre and Music at Southern Utah University and received the Outstanding Non-Traditional Student Award, since I was older. Haha. As a gift to my children and me, my husband made arrangements for me to cut a CD called “Romantic Love Songs of Sigmund Romberg and Victor Herbert.” Since then, I have traveled throughout the U.S., teaching people to write their family history, but have since settled down and stay close to home.