Guest Teachers for June 15, 2019 Conference
Charlie M Holmberg
Charlie Nicholes Holmberg was born in Salt Lake City, Utah to two parents who sacrificed a great deal to give their very lazy daughter a good education. As a result, Charlie learned to hate uniforms, memorized all English prepositions in alphabetical order, and mastered the art of Reed-Kellogg diagramming a sentence at age seven. She entered several writing contests in her elementary years and never placed.
Being a nerd, Charlie started writing fan-fiction as a teenager in between episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She became a full-fledged band geek with mediocre talent in high school, where she met her husband. While she strove to win his attention by baking him cookies and throwing ramen noodles at his house, he didn’t actually ask her out until six years later.
Charlie began taking writing seriously during her undergrad at Brigham Young University, where she majored in English and minored in editing. She finally won a few writing contests. She graduated with her BA in 2010 and got hitched three months later. Shortly afterwards, her darling husband dragged her to Moscow, Idaho, where he subsequently impregnated her.
In summer 2013, after collecting many rejection letters and making a quilt out of them, Charlie sold her ninth novel, The Paper Magician, and its sequel to 47North with the help of her wonderful agent, Marlene Stringer. Charlie has since finished the original trilogy with the WSJ-bestseller The Master Magician, and in 2016 sold the movie rights to Disney. She has also published four stand-alone novels: Followed by Frost (a 2016 RITA finalist); Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet; The Fifth Doll; and The Plastic Magician, a story in the Paper Magician universe.
Charlie lives with her family in Utah. She finally owns a dog.
Robison has written fourteen novels, including three for the local market, six for the national market, one indie, three ghostwriting projects, and one co-writing gig. He's won lots of awards and stuff.
I have a lovely wife, Erin, and three great kids. My oldest just turned sixteen, and does not yet have her drivers license, thank goodness. She makes videos, including one with 125,000 views. My second kid plays every game on every kind of device, and knows more about Pokemon than his dad, and he rolls his eyes every time I ask what a Jiggly Puff is. My third son is determined to be a YouTuber in his future, though he has no idea what that means.
MASTER OF BUSINESS
I work, like a shmuck. I received my MBA in 2009, and have spent the majority of my time in the tech consumer industry, managing products and leading teams.
I make stuff in my spare time. I have oil painted since I was eleven, and was once apprenticed to the artistic director at a theater. I like making stuff, but not anything that you'd ever need.
Lee first fell in love with science while watching old Star Trek episodes with his mother. After eventually completing a PhD in genetics, bioinformatics, and computational biology, he discovered that real science wasn't at all like Star Trek. One day he realized that he enjoyed the fiction part of science fiction quite a bit more than the science part.
His favorite books include any good science fiction or fantasy story he wouldn't be embarrassed to let his grandmother read, and anything written by Jane Austen. Lee's claims to fame include having served as the host for the Everyday Einstein podcast, making it to the final round of the Wheel of Fortune Teen Week tryouts, being a beekeeper, and winning the heart of the most amazing woman in the world.
Lee met his amazing wife while serving as a missionary in Brazil. They have five awesome children, and their family loves to travel around listening to great audiobooks. Lee's current goal is to one day learn how to load the dishwasher with competence. You can find out more about Lee on his website: http://LeeFalin.com
Lisa Mangum has loved and worked with books ever since elementary school, when she volunteered at the school library during recess. Her first paying job was shelving books at the Sandy Library. She worked for five years at Waldenbooks while she attended the University of Utah, graduating with honors with a degree in English. An avid reader of all genres, she has worked in the publishing department for Deseret Book since 1997. Besides books, Lisa loves movies, sunsets, spending time with her family, trips to Disneyland, and vanilla ice cream topped with fresh raspberries. She lives in Taylorsville with her husband, Tracy.