It’s my birthday tomorrow. I figured I could tell you a little bit about the last year…

Last September my book “I Want to Be Baptized” (illustrated by Corey Egbert) was published by Cedar Fort Inc. and on Tuesday the board book version will be released. Buy it HERE or HERE.

This past July I attended RWA National Conference in New York City.  Since I’ve been wanting to go to New York City since I was a child, I had very high expectations. NYC did not disappoint. The Subway trains, World Trade Memorial, the fashion, the people, and THE FOOD — AMAZING!!! All lived up to and exceeded my expectations. So amazing. Taking photos is addicting. I did nothing traditional, but it was the taste of NYC I always dreamed about. To boot — I finished Little Boy Blue’s chapter book and gave it to him as a gift as belated birthday gift.

In NYC I learned so much about writing Romance (yes, I have a penname for that) and met such wonderful authors like Josi Kilpack, Jennifer Beckstrand (Rita Finalist), and Stacy Henrie (Rita Finalist). Thanks to Jewel Quinlan from the OC RWA Chapter, I braved the rejections and continue to write and write and submit.

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Central Park with my LUXURANA bag

In the the last twelve months, I’ve written two novels, received four rejections, signed a new children’s book contract, promoted my children’s book release and updated my filing system which now consists of filing cabinets painted by the children.  🙂

I won’t mention the two cookbooks and screenplays that I’ve done. They are still a work in progress.

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Central Park, July 2015

This year has been very happy for me. Here’s a list of this year’s favorites:

FOOD – Bison Borscht & Blueberry Cayenne smoothie @GoIndieFresh

COLOR – Red (like the red dress I got from the Kukui’ula Shopping center in Kauai)

PLACE – in my dreams conjuring new book ideas

MOVIE – Aloha (2015) with Bradley Cooper

BOOK – I Can Pray Every Day by Catherine Christensen -and- The Little Seahorse by Sheri Fink

Props to my alma mater LDSBC & BYU!

Thanks to my parents, family and friends for enduring my wacky ideas to make my dreams come true.



RWA San Diego

How was your experience at RWA Nationals in NYC this year? Today, RWA-SD member L.H. Marley shares her conference experience in the city that never sleeps.

#RWA15 was awesome!

View from the One World Trade Center Observatory. View from the One World Trade Center Observatory.

The iconic clichés about New York City are true! Rattling subway trains…yes. Spectacular views in Times Square…yes. Hot FDNY…YES! If you go to NYC, my advice is:

  1. Buy a Metrocard when you arrive,
  2. Make a list of your top three sites, and do it, and
  3. Bring comfortable walking shoes!

The RWA National Conference lived up to my expectations, and the app gave me reminders and kept me informed of changes, When one class was too full, I could refer to them for alternatives. Very helpful!

Here are some quotes, tips, and trends I spotted, loosely translated from my notes:

  • “When business starts to suck, go back to the craft” – Barbara…

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Lately I’ve been conquering Mt. Laundry and using the local Dragon called Dyson to clean and clean and clean, its called homemaking…LOL!! I’ve discovered I’m way better at writing. Or at least that’s my clever excuse for the lack of blogging.

I decided to draw with my right hand (see below)…

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In the world of writing books, I’ve completed two more novels, three children’s books, some cookbooks and several screenplays. I really do love writing.  I’m hoping to find others willing to read them :o)

Time is of the essence… #WriteMoreSleepLess

Happy 2015

Busy life…writing books, promoting books, attending galas, making new friends…its a whirlwind.

This is the year to #BETTER

Be a better writer, be a better friend. Do more, be more, and do #BETTER

Wishing you a happy year!! Let me know how you’re going to #BETTER your 2015…I want to know.


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For my birthday, Nick kindly posted the podcast interview with me & my illustrator, Corey Egbert.  SUPER EXCITED to share!


With spots filling up fast on the blog tour, I thought I’d take a moment and ask you to consider hosting a book review for “I Want to Be Baptized” on your blog…pretty please!  You can sign up HERE.

Check out Boyd’s LDS Books for all my current editions of “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” and “I Want to Be Baptized”.

Someone help me find an email address for Mark Robison who did the illustrations for the true story published in the Friend (Sept 2010) called “Garbage Can Graffiti.” I’d like to thank him!

And let me know what you think of David Habben’s ink work… I’m thinking he should do my next children’s book.

Side note — I was reading our daughter, Sofia the First, and the question Sofia asked “How can I be a princess and myself?” has struck an accord with me…I wonder how do I manage ALL my writing styles and still be myself.  I write A LOT. And all different types (some good, some strange, some wildly poetic…) and not just LDS Non-Fiction books, but all kinds of things…and just because I have several children’s books published doesn’t mean I haven’t had my fair share of rejection letters for my other works…and yet, I was surprised to read an article “Many Eggs, Many Baskets” that totally made sense.

A bit of advice — draw, write, read…perfect your craft. Whatever you do, do it well and be kind. My husband tells me that an amateur writes until she gets it right and a professional writes until she can’t get it wrong. The crossover from amateur to professional doesn’t end with publication because I’m still in pursuit of writing it right.

I draw. I read. I write. I write more.

Today I discovered the world of screenwriters at Scripts & Scribes….wow! I’m beyond excited. After publishing three children’s books (not including translations into Spanish & Portuguese) and writing over four complete novels in the last year…yes, I’m that in love with writing that I plan to complete two screenplays by the end of the year too…I’m crazy, but not insane *or is it the other way around? LOL.

Smile friends!  We loved to write today and live to edit tomorrow!!

If you’re in Vegas 25-28 Sept 2014, see my friend, featured author, Jewel Quinlan…she’ll be signing books at Hot Mojave Knights. Join the Salsa Party too!

Baptism Book

It only seemed natural to write the prequel to “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” and proud that “I Want to Be Baptized” illustrated by Corey Egbert was released this week.

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For information on reviewing “I Want to be Baptized” and participating in the book blog tourNovember 15th to December 5th, please contact Events@cedarfort.com

This LDS Non-Fiction children’s book “I Want to Be Baptized” is the prequel to “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket” written by Annalisa Hall and illustrated by Corey Egbert

Endorsements for “I Want to Be Baptized”

“I Want to Be Baptized is a fantastic book that helps kids understand the importance of baptism. The artwork is warm and inviting and the lessons taught are easy to understand…” — Brandon D., Los Angeles, CA

“This is the best children’s book on baptism I’ve seen. Simple, captivating and beautifully illustrated…” — Shawna Edwards, Songwriter, Author, & Speaker

“Annalisa is an insightful storyteller and has once again written a elegant book taking a complex subject and making it clear and accessible. Children relate to the format of this book as they ask questions until they are satisfied. These beautiful words teach, enhance, and delight; a must have for anyone getting baptized!” — Selena P., Extraordinaire

“A sweet, simple book that will be a perfect addition to any family’s preparation for baptism. Gospel truths are reinforced in a beautifully illustrated book that children will enjoy reading…” — Trevor L., McKinney, TX

“…A beautiful book… in so many ways! Fun and engaging illustrations. Perfectly written and presented to answer any young child’s many questions about baptism.” — Anna M. Lewis, Award-winning Toy Inventor, Author, and Creativity Advocate

“I Want To Be Baptized is one of the most charming children’s books I have ever read! It clearly teaches the importance of baptism using child relatable, easy to understand similes accompanied by the most darling illustrations. Not only will your child have a better understanding of baptism by reading this book, they will want to read it again and again!” — Jennifer Sabin Sattley, Author of “My Heroes Ask Wallflowers To Dance”

“…Anna’s book…captures the spirit of gospel principles in a delightfully illustrated book for all ages.” — Michael Boyd, BoydsLDSBooks.com

“…This is a sweet and simple story easy for children to read and understand. Like “The Holy Ghost is Like a Blanket”, these books offer simple answers to questions children have, perfectly coupled with eye catching illustrations.” — Patrick Sattley, Fine Artist, GreenRoomPaintings.com