Highlighted Authors

Cedar Fort works with hundreds of talented authors across a broad range of topics and genres. Below you’ll find a small selection of that talent.

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  • Author David J. Ridges
  • Author Alonzo L. Gaskill
  • Author Melanie Young
  • Author Jeff Olsen
  • Author don Jose Ruiz
  • Author Carla Kelly
  • Author Rebecca H. Jamison
  • Author McKenzie Wagner
  • Author Wendy Paul
  • Author Caleb Warnock
  • Author Elizabeth McGaw



Highlighted LDS Non-Fiction Authors

Author John Pontius

John Pontius

John Pontius is the best-selling author of Visions of Glory, Journey to the Veil, Following the Light of Christ into His Presence, The Triumph of Zion, and the Millennial Quest fiction series. Before he passed away, he wrote a popular blog UnBlogMySoul which continues to be followed by thousands of readers.

Noteworthy Releases:
– Visions of Glory: One Man’s Astonishing Account of the Last Days
– Journey to the Veil
– Following the Light of Christ into His Presence


David J. Ridges

David J. Ridges taught for the Church Educational System for thirty-five years. He taught adult religion and Know Your Religion classes for BYU Continuing Education and spoke at BYU Campus Education Week for many years. He has served as a curriculum writer for Sunday School, seminary, and Institute of Religion manuals. His callings in the Church include Gospel Doctrine teacher, bishop, stake president, and patriarch. He and his wife, Janette are the parents of six children and make their home in Springville, Utah.

Notable Releases:
– The Book of Mormon Made Easier
– Temples: Sacred Symbolism, Eternal Blessings
– Using the Signs of the Times to Strengthen Your Testimony



Alonzo L. Gaskill

Alonzo L. Gaskill is a professor of Church history and doctrine. He holds a bachelors degree in philosophy, a masters in theology, and a PhD in biblical studies. Brother Gaskill has taught at Brigham Young University since 2003. Prior to coming to BYU he served in a variety of assignments within the Church Educational System—most recently as the director of the LDS Institute of Religion at Stanford University (1995–2003).

Notable Releases:
– Sacred Symbols: Finding Meaning in Rites, Rituals and Ordinances
– The Truth About Eden: Understanding the Fall and our Temple Experience
– Miracles of the New Testament: A Guide to the Symbolic Messages


Highlighted General Non-Fiction Authors



Melanie Young

Melanie Young was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, graduated from Sophie Newcomb College (Tulane University) in New Orleans, and divides her time between the Hudson Valley and New York City with her husband, David, a wine and spirits writer.  She is involved in several philanthropic causes including SHARE and Les Dames d’Escoffier and is Founder of The Connected Table® Inc, wine and food marketing and communications.

Notable Releases:
– Getting Things Off My Chest: A Survivor’s Guide to Staying Fearless and Fabulous in the Face of Breast Cancer
– Fearless Fabulous You! Lessons on Living Life on Your Terms


Jeff Olsen

Jeff Olsen is a spiritual seeker, a talented mentor, consultant, author, and inspirational speaker. In 1997, Jeff experienced a horrific automobile accident after which is left leg was amputated above the knee. The most devastating outcome of the accident was the loss of his wife and youngest son, who were both killed instantly. At that time, Jeff had a profound near-death experience that deepened his spirituality and gave him insights and gifts not common in today’s world. Having that glimpse into heaven gave him the courage he needed to carry on and care for his living son. He has since remarried and adopted two more sons.

Notable Releases:
– I Knew Their Hearts: The Amazing True Story of a Journey Beyond the Veil to Learn the Silent Language of the Heart
– Beyond Mile Marker 80: Choosing Joy After Tragic Loss

Author don Jose Ruiz

don Jose Ruiz

Don Jose Ruiz released his first book titled The Fifth Agreement in partnership with his father, Don Miguel Ruiz in 2010. Following this publication, Don Jose began traveling around the US, Mexico, and South America where he continues to share the wisdom of his family lineage through his own life experiences. Don Jose enjoys working with people of all faiths and cultures. He sees all men and women as equals and feels it’s a blessing to be alive.

Notable Releases:
– Ripples of Wisdom: Cultivating the Hidden Truths from Your Heart
– My Good Friend the Rattlesnake: Stories of Loss, Truth, and Transformation


Highlighted Fiction Authors


Carla Kelly

Carla Kelly is a veteran of the New York and international publishing world. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas for Donald I. Fine Co., Signet, and Harlequin, Carla is the recipient of two Rita Awards (think Oscars for romance writing) from Romance Writers of America and two Spur Awards (think Oscars for western fiction) from Western Writers of America. She is also a recipient of a Whitney Award for Borrowed Light and My Loving Vigil Keeping.

Notable Releases:
– Softly Falling
– Reforming Lord Ragsdale
– My Loving Vigil Keeping

Author Rebecca H. Jamison

Rebecca H. Jamison

Rebecca H. Jamison grew up in Virginia. She attended Brigham Young University, where she earned a BA and MA in English. In between college and graduate school, she served a mission to Portugal and the Cape Verde islands. Her job titles have included special education teacher’s aide, technical writer, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom.

Notable Releases:
– Persuasion: A Latter-day Tale
– Emma: A Latter-day Tale
– Sense and Sensibility: A Latter-day Tale

Author McKenzie Wagner

McKenzie Wagner

McKenzie Wagner is in her early teens and has adored reading since she was four. Her love of books inspired her to write her the first book at age seven. She has now expanded her writing to appeal to kids of all ages. She wishes to obtain an English degree and teach and continue in her pursuit of her love of writing. She currently resides in Utah with her mom, dad, and her nine-year-old brother.

Notable Releases:
– The Rescue – Benotripia Book 1
– The Stones of Horsh – Benotripia Book 2
– Keys to the Dream World – Benotripia Book 3


Highlighted Cookbook Authors

Author Wendy Paul

Wendy Paul

Wendy Paul has been cooking and baking for many years. She enjoys writing recipes and creating easy-to-make desserts and dinners. Occasionally, when she’s not baking, she enjoys a little retail therapy at her favorite consignment stores.  She and her husband Brian live in Utah with their four children.

Notable Releases:
– 101 Gourmet Cake Bites
– 101 Gourmet No-Bake Desserts in a Jar
– 101 Gourmet Cupcakes in 10 Minutes


Caleb Warnock

Caleb Warnock was raised in the kitchens and gardens of the last generation to provide family meals without relying on the grocery store. He has won more than a dozen awards for journalism and literature. Caleb teaches “Forgotten Skills” classes ranging from winter gardening, pioneer jams and jellies, growing early and long-keeper vegetables, raising chickens, and much more.

Notable Releases:
– The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers
– The Art of Baking with Natural Yeast: Breads, Pancakes, Waffles, Cinnamon Rolls and Muffins
– Backyard Winter Gardening: Vegetables Fresh and Simple

Author Elizabeth McGaw

Elizabeth McGaw

Elizabeth McGaw is the blogger for Paleo On A Budget, a website dedicated to those that are following the Paleo lifestyle on a tight budget. She currently resides in Concord, NH and works alongside her husband, as both a Wedding Photographer & Web Designer.

Notable Releases:
– Paleo on a Budget: Saving Money, Eating Healthy
– Paleo Meal Planning on a Budget