Meet the Presenters

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Brent Boswell is an American young-adult fiction writer and playwright best known for his action adventure novels,Brother’s Bones, Big Mean Pig, Mission Invisible: The Magician’s Curse, and the best-selling Christmas novella, The Santa Exclusive. As a playwright, he wrote and directed. The Mormon Handcart Pageant, an outdoor, nighttime production depicting the 1856 crucible migration of the Martin and Willie Handcart Companies to Utah, and their subsequent rescue, which ran for eight season and played to over 100,000 people.Mr. Boswell is a popular fireside speaker on the subject of the Mormon Handcart Migration. He is also a sought after keynote and presenter at a verity of writer’s conferences, elementary and middle school assemblies, and high school career fairs.Brent currently resides in a log cabin located in the hills above his childhood home in Utah. When not writing, you can usually find him spending time with cherished family and friends, or traveling the highways and byways on his very loud motorcycle. Visit brentboswell.com for more details and contact information.


Heather Clark is obsessed with fake people. Half the time you talk to her, she’s going on about the life-and-death struggle of someone you don’t care about because they’re not real, and they’re in books that have never been published so you can’t even read about them unless you’re one of her wildly patient critique partners. But someday, when you read her books, hopefully you’ll get obsessed with her imaginary friends too. And then Heather will like you even more than she currently likes you. And you can go have lunch together. Preferably at Café Rio.


Janelle Carolyn Youngstrom has successfully run an at home business for over sixteen years in addition to writing and raising a family. She has been a trainer and personal coach for over six years, helping people organize their time and motivate them toward success in their pursuits. She writes mostly Picture Books, but is branching into Middle Grade Fantasy at the prodding of her fabulous critique group.

Juliana Ali is an account manager by day, a mother of four by night, and the marketing manager for a charity on the weekends. She helped organize the annual Writing for Charity conference for several years and had a short story published in the charity anthology, "The Gruff Variations." Most of her writing time is currently spent writing about orphans in Mexico or editing product descriptions for Amazon.com.

Meg Bee lives in a small town in Southern Utah, where she is a true fish out of water. Whether she's rocking blue tights with combat boots, or fishnets under ripped jeans, Meg does the electric boogaloo to the beat of her own drum. She is a writer, voracious reader and lover of red lipstick and all things vintage. After experiencing the tragic loss of a child, she took pen to paper, in her first book, Mermaid in the Valley, to find ways to deal with the pain and grief that threatened to consume her. Her second book, Junkyard Princess is set to debut in the fall of 2017. Meg’s take on poetry and prose, coupled with her use of strong imagery will take the reader on a journey of love, loss and everyday moments that will leave them raw, bloody and gasping more. Meg is the recipient of several awards for her writing, including a 2017 Utah Press Association award for her work on the Sanpete Messenger.

Meg Jensen has authored academic and professional publications including The Boardinghouse Adventure Series – Regal Books (Ventura, CA); not to mention magazine articles, and television and motion picture scripts. Meg currently teaches English and her Constructing the Novel course at Snow College and provides editing and coaching services to aspiring and seasoned authors.

Nikki Trionfo lives in Riverton, Utah with five kids, a CrossFit-training husband who writes computer code, and lots of hip hop background music. Her teen murder mystery, SHATTER, won grand prize in LDStorymakers’ First Chapter Contest and LUW’s YA manuscript category. UNDER A NEW YORK SKYLINE features four of the hippest, sweetest teen romance novellas evah! Alongside Heather Clark, she hosts #50FirstChapters, a series of free writing webinars on YouTube. A committed party-girl, Nikki serves as the social coordinator of LDStorymakers Conference and chair of Storymakers Tribe. She sends out free short-story romances occasionally, because romance. No explanation needed. Reach out to her on Facebook at Nikki Trionfo or sign up for her newsletter at www.nikkitrionfo.com.

Rebecca Scott is a writer of YA and middle grade science fiction and fantasy. She has worked in the publishing business as an intern for a literary agency, a freelance editor, a book seller, and a library assistant for children’s literature. When she is not writing she loves watching Korean dramas, listening to Korean pop music, baking, dancing, flirting, learning new things, and traveling.

Rod Miller has lectured, conducted workshops, and led discussions at a number of events, including the Tucson Festival of Books, Pikes Peak Writers Conference, Idaho Writers League annual conferences, Western Writers of America annual conventions, Kanab Writers Conferences, Write Here in Ephraim, National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo, Cowboy Poets of Utah Symposium, and others. He is an award-winning author of novels, short stories, poetry, history, and magazine articles, with thirteen books and inclusion in numerous anthologies to his credit. Recognition for his work includes Western Writers of America Spur Awards (three), Westerners International Poetry Awards (two), Academy of Western Artists Poetry Book of the Year, a Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for a novel, and 2012 Writer of the Year for the League of Utah Writers. Rod can be found online at writerRodMiller.com and writerRodMiller.blogspot.com.

Sabine Berlin has been reading anything she can get her hands on since she discovered The Dark is Rising series in the third grade and fell in love with the written word. She has been an editor at Eschler Editing for 18 months and also edits for Utah Valley University in their Academic Scheduling and Curriculum department. She has a BA in History and has attended Orson Scott Card’s Literary Bootcamp. In her spare time she writes YA Fiction. Some of her favorite authors are Dean Koontz, Meg Cabot, Juliet Marillier, and Orson Scott Card. Sabine lives in Provo with her husband, three soccer playing kids, and one crazy chocolate lab. You can find articles by her at eschlerediting.com or follow her blog at writinginberlin.blogspot.com.

Sarah Beard is the author of YA novels Porcelain Keys and Beyond the Rising Tide, both published through Cedar Fort. She has a degree in communications and when she's not writing, she referees wrestling matches between her three boys and listens to audiobooks while folding self-replicating piles of laundry. She is a breast cancer survivor, a baker of sweets, a seeker of good love stories, a composer of melancholy music, and a traveler who wishes her travel budget was much bigger. She lives with her husband and children in the shadow of the beautiful Wasatch Mountains.

Steven J. Clark, Award-winning author, was raised in Orem, UT, and now hails from Chester, in Sanpete County. He is the author of three novels, all currently available on Amazon and at various places around the state. Clark writes legal and police procedural thrillers, with a nice touch of romance thrown in. Clark’s first novel, All The Pretty Dresses (2014), finished in the top-ten of the international Critique My Novel book competition. His novels Wages of Greed (2015), and Fountains of Fire (2016), are gritty, fast-paced legal thrillers that take place in and around the Vast Navajo reservation, including substantial portions of Southern Utah.