The "obnoxious" kid who dreamed of growing up
and becoming a writer and illustrator

The short story . . .

As a child, I was known by a label: obnoxious. I didn't quite get the hang of customary social graces -- like when to sit still, when to pay attention and listen to my teachers, or that it wasn't polite to throw spit wads. Because of various situations, my life was a jumble of turmoil and fear. In fifth grade, an essay assignment gave me a first glimpse of how to channel my emotions into something positive. Art quickly became a lifeline as well, helping me express that which I could not speak or even write about. I've been writing and drawing ever since.

The inspiration for my art and books comes from many sources: the places I visit, and the people I meet and the stories of their lives. Also, in particular, from the life of my inventor/innovator/adventurer grandfather H. L. Wiese, and my grandmothers Esther, Maggie, and Minnie. 

My studio is near the Rocky Mountains of Utah where I love to hike and urban mush with my three dogs, Taunie, Zaph (Z Dog), and Oakleigh.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to the many people in my life who have shown me how to let go of guilt, blame, fear, and self-doubt so I can live more fully and with joy. In all my work, I strive to share what I've learned to help others find hope and believe in themselves.
The longer story . . .

I'm the author of seven books ranging from nonfiction titles to cookbooks. I'm also the illustrator of three children's picture books: What Are You Thinking? (a finalist in the 2009 National Best Books Awards); Love, Hugs, and Hope: When Scary Things Happen by the incredible Christy Monson; and From Head to Tummy: The Simple Truth About Food, Media Messages, Self-Worth and Real Beauty by author Haley Hatch Freeman. 

A few interviews, blogs, and more:
·         Brooke Walker | KSL Studio 5

When I was ten years old, my fifth-grade essay assignment taught me importance of writing as a means of self-expression. After high school, I worked for nearly a decade as a journalist for three regional newspapers, and as a freelance writer for various print publications including Sagacity, The Salt Lake TribuneCity LightsVantageCountry WomanCountry Extra, and Lighthouse

My most recent articles, essays, and short stories appear in regional and national online and print publications including Segullah, The SCBWI BulletinFamilius, Outside Bozeman,, FamilyShare, KTAR, and the Deseret News. 

I'm married to a fireman and together we have four grown children and five grandchildren. I love growing rosemary, basil and lavender. 

I'm an author, illustrator, graphic designer, and photographer. I'm also involved with product design and development for public and private entities. My award-winning fiction, non-fiction, and art reflect my desire to help others recognize their own unique talents and abilities and overcome challenges as I explore subjects such as self-worth and self-esteem, conquering fear, bullying, and finding gratitude, hope and joy. Other subjects I find fascinating are women in aviation, America's first transcontinental railroad, the Big Band Era, the early history of snow travel in eastern Idaho and western Wyoming, and water conservation and the environment. 

My greatest satisfaction comes from learning and sharing life lessons from those whose stories I help to tell. 

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