Monthly Archives: February 2011

Writing Snippets Episode Nine: Lisa Mangum Interview 3 Editor to Author

Lisa Mangum really opens up to give us a glimpse into her editor/ writer life, who she has worked with ( James Dashner, Ally Condie, Brandon Mull, etc) and gives great advice to novice writers. Alice Beesley is hosting.

She edits for Deseret Book and Shadow Mountain and is full of knowledge and expertise that she is willing to share with us. So go visit her and give her some love.

about 27min. (but worth the extra time, we promise)

This is our last interview with Lisa Mangum for a time and we wish her all the best!

We also wish her older brother luck on his upcoming book release 🙂

Remember to leave a comment by the end of February 28th (today) to be entered into our giveaway. Winner will be announced Tuesday, March 1st in the evening. Good luck!

Episode 8: Lisa Mangum 2 publishing with small presses

Lisa Mangum Interview 2

Host: Alice Beesley

*Bonus Ava Mylne Writing Snippets crew member interview below.

** Be sure to comment to be entered int he contest to win a signed book by Lisa.

about 20 min

Check out Lisa’s website here

*Ava Interview

about 8 min

Click on Ava Mylne on the sidebar for more information.



LTUE with James Dashner as the keynote speaker

Hi everyone! We had a blast at the 2011 LTUE (life the universe and everything) conference in Provo, Utah. James Dashner was the keynote speaker and he did a fantastic job keeping everyone entertained. Most of the Writing Snippets Crew have known James since he started on this journey and it is great seeing an author gain so much success in such a short time period. Not to mention he is charming and fun to hang out with- not that he has much time for that anymore.ltue James Dashner Here are three of our Crew with him, Alice Beesley, James Dashner, Lillian J. Banks and Nichole Jarnagin.

Keynote speaker 2011 LTUEHere is James giving his speech to all the writers. I love to hear an author’s journey, and he did a fantastic job. Back when James had the time to do so, he visited our writer’s group and helped critique. I love author’s who share their time and talents and give back to the aspiring writing community like that. James, you Rock! We wish you much success and then some 🙂  Here is his blog James Dashner. Read his book Maze Runner before the movie comes out 🙂

Dan Wells, Howard Taylor, David Wolverton / Farland, Tracy HickmanThey had a live recording of Writing Excuses Podcast. They were very entertaining and fun. Tracy Hickman, Dan Wells, Howard Taylor, David Wolverton / Farland seen here.

If you haven’t heard of them, go and check them out: Dan Wells is our group favorite, but we are biased. He visited our writer’s group last year, helped critique and had us all cracking up. This was after I am Not a Serial Killer came out in England, but not in the states yet so he was not as busy. We screwed up though and did not feed him bacon 😦 Another awesome writer giving back to the community 🙂

Lisa Mangum was there and a slew of other fabulously gifted writer’s helping out the community.

We loved every minute of it and meeting many new people. Especially those of you who recognized us and told us what a great job we are doing- Thank you!  Even if you are lurkers, ahem, we are doing these podcasts to help the aspiring writer in ways we wish we could have had when we started.

Have a great week!


Writing Snippets Episode seven: Lisa Mangum Interview

Alice hosts this episode as we interview the delightful Lisa Mangum about her Novels: The Hourglass Door, The Golden Spiral, The Forgotten Locket, and her fascinating story of how she discovered the idea for her novels, and how she had to keep her book secret from her coworkers. We also discuss the hot topic of Prologues. Are they in? Are they out?

She is also an editor at Shadow Mountain and Deseret Book. Did we mention she is an award winning author? Go to her website to find out more. Here is a quick Bio: 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, Utah, with her husband, Tracy. She is the author of The Hourglass Door (which was named the 2009 YA Book of the Year by ForeWord Reviews) and The Golden Spiral.

(about 20 min)

If  you are in the Utah area, plan on meeting her at Life The Universe and Everything, or LTUE, a writer’s conference in Provo. A book her brother wrote is worth checking out for the LDS community Bad Boys in the Book Of Mormon. Congrats Lisa and her Brother Dennis!

Episode seven will be more of Lisa as she discusses the Editor/ Author switch.

See ya next Monday.

***Win a signed book by Lisa Mangum! Comment under any Lisa Mangum interview to enter the drawing. Contest ends: March 1st

Writing Snippets Episode 6: World Building 2

Jocelyn MC’s this episode again as we talk about the importance of World building in science fiction writing, fantasy writing, contemporary and historical fiction.

(about 22 min)

January WINNER

…and the winner of the fabulous writing planner from Readers Digest is …


who said,

“I can’t remember what road I followed here but I’m glad I did!
Can I leave my New Year’s goal here? I need to learn to enjoy the journey, take each step one at a time.”

Congratulations and a representative of Writing Snippets will contact you shortly.

Thanks for entering everyone!