Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle by Christy Monson – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Christy Monson

My grandmother lived with us when I was young. She loved to read me stories. I would curl up in her lap or sit on the bed next to her and listen to the tales spin out before me. We cried together over Lassie Come Home and loved Madeline and her adventures. That was a magical time for me in my life. When my children were little, I loved reading to them because it kept the magic alive. Now my children are grown, I can keep the magic by writing stories for others to read.

I love to read and write stories about the pioneer prophets.

Pioneers live all over the world. I still have family in Switzerland and Poland. Where do you and your ancestors come from? Write and tell me.

I am like the pioneers because I love:

  • Old fashioned cooking—making butter
  • Pioneer games—button, button, who’s got the button?
  • Crafts the pioneers enjoyed—drying wild flowers


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
I would love to go back into the past and meet the modern-day prophets. What fun I would have been to roam the hills of the Lakes District with John Taylor and learn the legend of King Arthur first hand. It would have been scary to watch with John Taylor as the tin smith put the angel on top of the tiny spire of the Nauvoo temple. No cranes in those days!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
I would like to see John Taylor stranded on a desert island. He was a fastidious dresser. I wonder how he would handle sand and seaweed.

What is one book everyone should read?
I just finished Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork. It was an insightful, tender read.

Night owl, or early bird?
Early Bird.

Skittles or M&Ms?
M & M’s

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I Loved Lassie Come Home. I cried every time I read it!

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
That’s an easy one for John Taylor! A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief, which he sang for Joseph and Hyrum in Carthage jail.

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Keep writing and never give it. You’ll get there. If I can do it, anyone can.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?
I love pioneer days. But I don’t think I would like dirt floors and drafty cabins!

What is your favorite Quote?
The priesthood . . . is living power. John Taylor

Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle

Micah and Alicia are excited to meet John Taylor as a child in England. But when their phone won’t let them return to their own time, they’ll follow the prophet around the world, learning some important lessons along the way. Humorous, entertaining, and informative, this book is a wonderful introduction to church history that’s bound to be a family favorite!

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1 copy of Texting Through Time: John Taylor and the Mystery Puzzle
Open to US only
Ends 12/3/12

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