Lois D. Brown Chief Financial OfficerLois received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Brigham Young University and worked as a news correspondent for the Deseret News in Washington, D.C. She later returned to school and completed a master’s degree in communications, which led her to working in the technology industry as a marketer/writer.
After giving birth to her first child, she changed career courses again and started her own freelance writing business. As a freelancer, Lois wrote more than fifty articles and books, many of which are about nutrition and the use of natural food supplements. She worked as the chief editor to former New York Times best-selling author Dr. Neil Solomon, and she co-wrote a book on time management with former Miss America Sharlene Wells Hawkes. In 2007 she published a book about anxiety management with psychologist Victoria Anderson, and in 2011 she published her first novel, Cycles.
Contact Lois at lois(at)writerscubed(dot)com
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Muppet Comparison: Dr. Bunsen Honeydew
Like Dr. Honeydew, Lois is a lover of all things fact driven and logical. That is, until it comes to her writing. Lois is an excellent middle grade/young adult author with one book under her belt and more in the works. From outside appearances, you’d never guess Lois was a mad scientist at heart. Keep her up late at night, and Lois is an entirely different person: wild, crazy, and hilarious. She hasn’t blown us all up yet, but just knowing she has the power and smarts to makes us quake a little in our boots.
Margie Jordan Chief Learning OfficerMargie Jordan, YA author and lover of all things action related, was born and raised in a town so small if you blinked you would literally miss it. Because of this, she had to have a big imagination. She spent her childhood jumping from too-high branches in trees, rock climbing with no ropes, toilet papering the neighbors, and creating Indiana Jones-like obstacles courses, as well as dancing, singing, and acting. When life got too boring, Margie created worlds a little more exciting than hers–on paper–starting her first novel at the age of fifteen. Margie graduated from UVU with a degree in Elementary Education (mostly for the opportunity to teach reading and writing) and a minor in technology (because knowing how to erase wrinkles from your photos is important). She currently serves as a Literacy Coach for her local school district and lives in Spanish Fork, Utah with her husband and three children. As Margie would say, “Write On! Now let’s go do something dangerous.”
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Muppet Comparison: Statler AND Waldorf Just like the two old guys who sit in the balcony of the Muppet Show, Margie can spout sarcasm like no other. Known to laugh at her own jokes and snicker at the misfortunes of others, Margie would make Statler and Waldorf proud. Author of smart conspiracy thrillers written for YA readers, you can bet you just might get more than a sampling of snarkiness out of her lead characters. As a matter of fact, we just might get her box seats for our next meeting.
Jo Schaffer Chief Analytics OfficerJo was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, to a literary, intellectual mother and an artist, naturalist father. Her parents instilled in her a love of art, books, nature, people and philosophy. As a child, though steeped in an atmosphere of creativity and culture, she experienced just enough poverty to make her street smart too. She grew up with five sisters, two brothers and countless cousins and was soon known for her skills as a storyteller.
Jo wrote her first book when she was six and has written ever since. She left home early to travel the world, visiting other countries and exploring their history, writings and belief systems. Jo schooled in London, studying the arts and British literature and then in Utah, first focusing on archaeology and the humanities, and finally settling on English with a writing emphasis. She married and had three sons with her childhood friend who is an artist and filmmaker, living in LA, Oregon, the Bay Area and now Utah. Jo’s next planned adventure is publication. She is represented by Rubin Pfeffer of East West Literary Agency.
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Muppet Comparison: A Cross Between Rowlf the Dog and ANIMAL
Depending on the time of night and the day of the week, you could get either one of these with Jo. Rowlf the Dog is the one all the Muppets go to for advice and a listening ear, yet he is so talented, he can play pretty much anything. That’s Jo. Totally talented literaturally (we just made up a new word), yet takes the roll of resident psychologist. However, get her going, and Jo can be a real animal. No one rocks the three and four in the morning hours like Jo. Woman! Woman!
Tahsha Wilson Chief Promotions OfficerTahsha spent her childhood in Utah in the best backyard a child could ask for. It was there that she visited countless different worlds, and experienced grand adventures. Though she grew up, her imagination never went away, and she decided to put all that daydreaming to good use by writing her very first story. She quickly fell in love and writing became her passion.
She loves to travel and learn, has a soft spot for ancient history and tries not to take life to seriously. Among the title writer, NaTahsha is also a wife, mother, avid T.V. watcher, graphic designer, reader, lover of the outdoors and all things sugary.
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Muppet Comparison: Miss Piggy
Ah, Miss Piggy, sexy and fashionable. That is our Tahsha. Author of modern fantasy with a native American twist, Tahsha knows how to write the hunky characters. Like Miss Piggy, Tahsha commands attention. She is equal parts spunky, dramatic, fun, hilarious, and totally beautiful. (Not to mention stinking rich, thank you very much.) Also able to eat large amounts of food and remain toothpick thin. We just wish we could get her to use the word ‘moi’ more.
Jennifer Jenkins Chief Executive OfficerAs a child, Jennifer moved about every six months to a year, often across the country. Her father used the long drives to tell stories. Sometimes these stories were detailed retellings of books that he’d read, while others were stories of his own invention—stories where Jennifer and her siblings played leading roles. Jennifer is convinced that those precious car rides marked the beginning of her insatiable thirst for stories. The rest happened naturally. She devoured literature and storytelling in any and all forms: movies, books, music, etc.
She went on to obtain a bachelors degree from Utah Valley University in the ultimate storytelling major: History. With her secondary teaching license she fully planned to tell stories for a living in the classroom. Of course, that was until the writing began. Jennifer incorporates her love of history and mythology into her young adult novels. With two complete manuscripts under her belt, along with a whole bunch of market research, she aspires to continue the tradition of storytelling through publication with the help of literary agent, Amy Jameson.
Contact Jennifer at jennifer(at)writerscubed(dot)com
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Muppet Comparison: Kermit the Frog
Who doesn’t love Kermit the Frog? You could ask any person on the planet what they think about Kermit and I don’t think anyone would say, “Blegh, that green guy?” They would say ‘I love him’. Jen is just as lovable. Yet what would the Muppets be without Kermit? That’s right. Every group needs a resident leader. Like the disgustingly cute green guy, Jen pulls us together, sets us on track and does it all with a laugh and a smile.
James Lewis Chief Technology OfficerRaised on a small farm near spacious fields, trees, and a creek bed, James Lewis had a playground that was nothing short of picturesque. The wide open space was a proving ground for creativity, and he took full advantage by creating worlds in which he played the role of army general, Indian warrior, stunt man, and when certain situations called for it, lover (some roles he played better than others).
As an adult Lewis developed a deep love of history. He gravitated toward Compelling stories of real people, doing amazing things. Combining his adventurous imagination, with his love for storytelling, he became an Author. He writes historical fiction and thrillers.
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Muppet Comparison: Fozzie THE Bear
James: Hey why does Writers Cubed have so many fans?
James: Because we are HOT!
Resident writer of sweeping, epic tales and lover of elaborate practical jokes, James keeps the group on its toes. Like Fozzie, he is great fun to be around. Unlike Fozzie, James is brilliant, always on the cutting edge of new happenings in the writing world, and an amazing computer geek. We don’t know what we’d do without him. Wokka, Wokka, Wokka
Meet the CubeThe cop, he was cruel and uncooth. The tall kind, strapped with muscle that he knew how to throw around. There wasn’t a dame on the planet that could flirt their way out of that mess, let alone five bombshells. Disheveled hair, a disfigured eye, it was a night most people would choose to forget. Do it again? Yeah, they’d do it again.
- Jo Friday (Dragnet)
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What We Do:
Joining forces in 2009, six authors formed a critique group and called themselves Writers Cubed. First and foremost, we write. In conjunction with this passion, we have broadened our scope of influence to include the following:
TEEN AUTHOR BOOT CAMP
TABC is the product of our commitment to helping young authors achieve their potential. Please visit our website if you are interested in:
We might not be able to promise you a ‘soul mate’, but we can definitely help you find other writers interested in forming a group. Whether you’re seeking cyber support in your writing, or want to actually meet face to face, Writers Cubed can help you connect with a group of like-minded people by visiting our “community” link. No sunset involved.
AUTHORS TEACHING AUTHORS
Writers Cubed provides many on-line classes taught by amazing published authors. For a small fee, learn from the very best—those who have put in the time and energy it takes to get published. Classes vary from character creation to world building to screen writing to outlining and beyond. Never have to attend an English class again! Okay, just kidding, you have to go to school. But this is WAY cooler…and pssssstttt… to those amazing English teachers… never have to make a sub plan again!
Writers Cubed is available to present in classrooms or conferences. Some of the many topics we cover include (but are not limited to):
Chit to the Chat: Workshop Your Dialogue – An amazing hands-on class for making your dialogue flow, essentially creating a story that comes to life with the appropriate mix of character voice and action.
Take Charge of Your Story: Pacing Through Sentence Fluency – Are parts of your story making you fall asleep? Does your reader come away from some scenes feeling breathless? Learn how to control the pace of your story with the right blend of detail and story progression.
First Chapter/Last Chapter Drill – What should you include in the first and last chapter of your story in order to begin with a bang and end with satisfaction? Let us show you how.
Crucial Rules for Creating Characters – Do your characters have what it takes to carry a story? Come and learn five easy yet essential rules for creating believable and interesting characters.
The Power of the Group – Organizing and Establishing your own writing group/what a writing group can do for you.
October 30th Rick Walton and Nathan Hale← backTuesday, October 30 7:00 pm Bullock Room, Provo Library JOIN US as we celebrate the spooky collaboration between the creative minds of Rick Walton and Nathan Hale: FRANKENSTEIN, a parody of the beloved children’s classic MADELINE! The creators will be speaking and signing copies of the book. Arrive early! Seating will be limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.