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Mom’s Monday- Libby Boom I Want To Be Baptized

04 Oct, 2010 by in tuesday mourning 3 comments

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 31st, 2010
by WonderBook Press
ISBN 0692008640
5 stars

The night before her baptism, a little girl wonders if God knows who she is. Through a dream, the Spirit takes her on a journey around the world where she receives an amazing answer.

Libby Boom is one of the cutest Children’s books I have read in a long time. I saw it on the table by the check out at Deseret Book and was drawn to the wistful face drawn by Tuesday Mourning. The cover has raised lettering and a textured pattern feel as well as pink and white polka dots every little girl and mom will love. But, the real treasure lies in the hopeful message.

Libby is a little girl who wants to know if her Heavenly Father hears her prayers and if He knows who she is in the vast expanse of people and places. As she whispers to Him she is taken in a dream to meet other children with the same hopes in Africa, Hong Kong and Tahiti. The mixed media collages and graphite sketches paint a magical journey for readers. The writing is personal and meaningful.

Along the way Libby learns she is heard. She is loved and she is known. A sweet feeling of peace will enter as you read these words to your children. This is a book that will be treasured for years to come as a place to record feelings and photos as well. It receives five stars from me and four thumbs up from my children. Special thanks to Catherine Rae Purves and Tuesday Mourning for giving us the gift of Libby Boom- I want to Be Baptized. To learn more visit their site at

Utah Author Interview-Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

07 Apr, 2010 by in Missing, Ronda Gibb Hinrichson, utah authors 1 comment

Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen’s numerous magazine and internet writing credits include fiction and nonfiction published by The Friend, New Era, Ensign, Guideposts for Kids, Class Act, and She also enjoys teaching writing and speaking in various venues.

Ronda first knew she wanted to be a writer when she was in the 6th grade. Her English teacher had been reading S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders to the class, and when she reached the section where Johnny urged Ponyboy to stay “gold,” Ronda realized she wanted to write “golden” words just as Hinton had. More than that, she wanted those words to encourage the “golden” in others. That remains one of her goals.

Ronda loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at

Where were you born?
As my husband says, I was born in Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho.

Did you graduate from college, if so from where and in what major?
I graduated with my Associates from Ricks and also studied writing/English at Weber State and USU.

What are your hobbies?
Music. Singing in particular.

What are your favorite all-time books?
I love the English classics. Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre, especially. But I also love Little Women. I read it over a dozen times when I was a young teen.

When did you start writing your book and how long did it take to get it published?
I don’t remember the exact year I started writing it, but it took about three years because it was the first novel I’d ever attempted to write, and I had a lot of learning about structure, etc. to do. Getting it published? Over a year before it was finally accepted, and it was published about 9 months after that.

Who is your hero/ mentor?
Dorla Jenkins, my Creative Writing teacher from Ricks College. She was amazing. I promised myself long ago that I’d dedicate my first book to her, and that’s what I did. MISSING is now dedicated to my husband and to Dorla Jenkins.

What suggestion would you give young writers?
If becoming an author is what you really, truly, no matter what happens want to do, then write, study the craft, and DON’T GIVE UP. You can do it.

What do you plan to do when you retire?
Retire from what? I’ve been writing since I was 12, so I don’t believe that will ever disappear from my life.

Do you have another day job?
I teach beginning piano in my home. I enjoy it, but someday I might “retire” from that. I’ll have to wait and see.

Favorite music? Does music or art inspire your writing?
I really like Josh Grobin and Il Divo. I also enjoy a lot of classical music. As far as inspiring me, some of the themes from popular lyrics have inspired the romance between some of my characters.

What are the names of your published works?
MISSING is my first novel, but I’ve had dozens of articles and short stories published in magazines and in online media.

Are you working on any books right now?
Yes. I’m in the beginning stages of writing my third novel.

What do you aspire to do before you die?
Become a national best seller. That’s my dream, anyway, but other than that, I just want a joy-filled life with my family.

Literary crush?
The same guy every girl loves—Fitzwilliam Darcy.

What is your all-time favorite children’s book?“I Love You Forever”

Independent booksellers and why?
I really appreciate independent booksellers because they can choose the books they like to sell and promote, and they can do it in the way they see fit. Chains have more stringent rules and a limited selection of books. Chains do, however, have their place in the market.

Do you have a writer’s group?
Yes! I completely rely on them and their wisdom. They have become some of my dearest friends.

Upcoming Events: April 23-24, 2010 LDS Storymaker’s Conference

May 12, 2010 Teaching with N.C. Allen at LUW–Absolutely Write

June 5th, 2010 Teaching at THE Teen Writer’s Conference