Oct. 20, 7 pm
The Morgan County Library
50 N. 100 W.
Author Lisa Mangum with talk about her series of young adult fantasy books, The Hourglass Door, The Golden Spiral and The Forgotten Locket and “Finding Your Voice: Opening the Door to Your Imagination.” Followed by a Q&A with the audience, book sale and signing.
Working professionally with a publishing company as a book editor since 1997, Lisa Mangum’s dual background—as both an editor and an author—gives her a unique perspective on writing and reading. Lisa believes that everyone has a story to tell—a story that only they can tell—but that many people are unsure of where to start. Her presentation, “Finding Your Voice: Opening the Door to Your Imagination,” is 45-minute presentation on sparking creativity, finding good ideas, and understanding the basic building blocks of writing a novel (characters, conflict, plot, and developing your voice as an author). As an example, she discusses the writing process she used to write The Hourglass Door and The Golden Spiral, the first two books in a trilogy featuring the love story between Abby, a senior in high school, and Dante, an Italian foreign-exchange student who has been sent forward in time through a time machine crafted by the legendary Leonardo da Vinci.
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 and, most recently The Golden Locket. She is a featured author of the Utah Humanities Council’s Authors on Main Street program which brings Utah authors to your main street.