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Your 2023 Conference Committee

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Heather Justesen
Chair

When she's not glued to her laptop, Heather loves to decorate cakes, work in the garden and play with her many pets. You can check out the first chapter for any of her books, see the book trailers, or learn more about Heather on her website at www.HeatherJustesen.com, or check out her blog at HeatherJustesen.blogspot.com

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Marla Buttars
Co-Chair

Marla Buttars wrote her first epic fantasy at thirteen. Since then, she's graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s in English from the University of Utah and taken classes from David Farland and Brandon Sanderson. She created the Ink Stains writing group for YA Fantasy authors and is a member of ANWA. Her publications include articles for Eschler Editing and a couple short stories in the Mind Games and Love Undefined anthologies. When not writing magical worlds, she feeds her fascination with medieval history and attempts to teach her three boys the difference between TARDIS and Enterpise-D.

Gregg Luke

Gregg Luke
Giveaways

Gregg Luke grew up in Santa Barbara, CA. He served an LDS mission to Wisconsin, then pursued his education in Natural Sciences at SBCC, UCSB, and BYU. He completed his schooling at the University of Utah, College of Pharmacy. He currently practices clinical pharmacy in Logan, Utah.

Gregg has been a voracious reader and a prolific writer since childhood. He has been published in Skin Diver, Destiny, and New Era Magazines. His suspense novels include The Survivors, Do No Harm, Altered State, Blink of An Eye, Bloodborne, Deadly Undertakings, The Death House, The Healer, Infected, The Hunter’s Son, and Plague, six of which were Whitney Award finalists.

 

Find out more about Gregg’s novels at www.greggluke.com

Don Carey

Don Carey
Tech Wizard

Don Carey is an author and project manager currently living in Kansas. He writes both Contemporary Realism and Science Fiction Adventure. Don has long been fascinated by human nature, and loves trying to understand the thoughts and motivations of those around him. That interest has served him well as he writes stories about his “imaginary friends.” His day job involves writing computer programs, which is almost the same as writing fiction, but with a lot more semicolons.

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Becca Secor
Promos/Social Media

Bio to come soon.

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Tamara Grantham
MC

Don Carey is an author and project manager currently living in Kansas. He writes both Contemporary Realism and Science Fiction Adventure. Don has long been fascinated by human nature, and loves trying to understand the thoughts and motivations of those around him. That interest has served him well as he writes stories about his “imaginary friends.” His day job involves writing computer programs, which is almost the same as writing fiction, but with a lot more semicolons.

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Rebecca Palmer
Virtual Classes

Bio to come soon.

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Brenda Pitts
Outreach(local companies)

Bio to come soon.

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Hillary Sperry
Website

Best-selling author Hillary Sperry writes Sweet Romance, Cozy Mystery, and Children’s Books. She has been writing books for ten years and has embraced indie publishing for all its many graces. She started publishing with sweet romances and added the mystery genre by a twist of fate and has loved discovering her inner Nancy Drew! 

Hillary loves creating in all forms. Whether it's with plants, food, art, music, or books if it lets her imagine and have fun, she's all in. Join Hillary's adventures on www.hillarysperry.com

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Ellie Whitney
First Chapter Contest

Since the age of three, Ellie Whitney has been addicted to books, so a master’s degree in teaching with a certification for high school English seemed a natural fit. She graduated summa cum laude and received a perfect score on the Praxis, the national teacher qualification exam, for literature, language, and composition. She taught for over ten years and has spent the last seven as a writing tutor and freelance editor. Her work has appeared in various local, state, and national publications. Currently, Ellie lives in Virginia with her wonderful family, two diva cats, and several stashes of dark chocolate.

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