A.J. (Angela) grew up in a small suburb in Utah, deep within a valley shadowed by two looming rocky mountain ranges near a dead salty lake. She spent most of her adolescent years hanging with her best friends, sneaking out to talk to boys, toilet papering, sleeping on trampolines, watching scary movies, writing spooky short stories, and devouring horror novels written by none other than the King of Horror himself, Stephen King.
A.J. graduated with a medical degree, but after taking her own grandfather off life support, she decided she would much rather experience the drama of life and death through the lives of her characters. She pursued an MFA in creative writing and English and now spends sleepless nights crafting stories and building worlds for her characters.
Why Does A.J. Write?
In her words: “It’s cathartic. From seven years old on, vivid nightmares filled my dreams (usually about ravenous werewolves breaking into camping trailers to gorge themselves on my insides or vampires sucking me dry). Not daring to wake my parents night after night, I army crawled down the hall, fluffy blanket and pillow in tow, and slept underneath my parent’s bed. Too embarrassed to admit to my parents for years that these night terrors haunted me, I just kept them to myself.
In fourth grade, my elementary school held a writing contest called I Had a Dream asking for creative stories about dreams. I mustered up the courage to enter, wrote about a dream I had (a good one for once), and won. I still have the story with the ribbon!
After this triumph, I realized that reliving my dreams and nightmares with pen and paper helped me deal with them. When I shared my stories with others, they loved to read about the crazy things happening in my head. These experiences sparked a passion for storytelling, which I have enjoyed ever since."
Favorite Book(s) and Movie(s)?
A.J.’s favorite books are a tie between the Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings series. She claims the Harry Potter books are better than the movies, and The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies are better than the books. If you want to challenge her, or tell her about your favorite books and movies, click here.
“It is rare for an author to spark imaginations and revolutionize generations of readers as they did. J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien rekindled the magic of storytelling each in their own time over the last half a century. Their combined talents weaved a tapestry of worlds and tales that continue to inspire children and adults alike to leave the trap of modern technology and get lost in the pages of distant worlds far away.”
Favorite line from Harry Potter
"Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light."
— Albus Dumbledore
Favorite line from The Lord of the Rings
"I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."
"So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”