Roger Terry was the editorial director at BYU Studies when this was written. He is also the author of four novels, three nonfiction books, and numerous articles, essays, editorials, and short stories. Prior to his current employment, he worked as a senior editor for the Ensign and Liahona. He also spent nine years on the faculty of BYU's Marriott School of Management and served as the school's publications director. Roger and his wife, Sheri, reside in Orem. They have four children and two grandchildren.