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Author Bio

Greg Park was born in 1967 in Provo, Utah, and spent much of his youth fishing the Provo River and hiking and hunting in the Wasatch Mountains with his father and brothers. In 1986, he served a two-year mission in Osaka, Japan, then attended Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Media Education.

He currently teaches English and Japanese, and courses in creative writing and science fiction literature at Timpanogos High School, in Orem, Utah. Still an avid outdoorsman, he spends much of his time fishing, hunting, and camping with his wife and children in Utah's backcountry.

Greg's favorite quote about writing comes from Ray Bradbury. Bradbury says:

"Write every day of your life. Write at least a thousand words a day. Write a short story a week. To write every day is to know yourself better and to write better and to relax more and, in relaxation, become ten times more creative."

Greg hopes the publication of The Earthsoul Prophecies will inspire his students to work harder at their own writing and grow in their own creativity. He has this to say about writing:

"The Earthsoul Prophecies venture - or adventure, as it is known at Timpanogos High School - was the result of me succumbing to years of begging, urging, and pleading by my students to give them more than random snippets or chapters. There were, as I recall, also a few threats.

Having my students beg for something other than less homework or higher grades got me thinking, and The Earthsoul Prophecies became a kind of personal educational experiment. I wanted to see if student interest in my writing would translate into an increased interest in learning how to write. It did.

Students didn't necessarily write better than they would have if I hadn't written a book, but they were more willing to write, often wrote more than was required, and were more eager to share their writing with their classmates. Their enthusiasm opened the way for the kinds of writing instruction that would have normally been met with a weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth. There are still students who hate writing. There always will be. But for a teacher who believes it's important to practice what he teaches, The Earthsoul Prophecies continues to be a worthwhile project."

A few miscellaneous things about Greg:

Favorite Authors: Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, Ray Bradbury.
Favorite Films: Star Wars, The Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, Open Range, The Seven Samurai, Sanjuro, Uncle Buck, The Sons of Katie Elder, The Cowboys, Raiders of the Lost Ark
Favorite TV Show: Battlestar Galactica
Favorite Books: Of Mice and Men, Fahrenheit 451, The Elfstones of Shannara
Favorite Vacation Spots: Yellowstone, Disneyland
Favorite Foods: Prime Rib, BBQ Steaks and Chicken, any kind of Japanese food.