Where it all began
Grant grew up in the mountain town of Alpine, Utah. As soon as he could walk, he was exploring the canyons and meadows near his home. Summer days were spent fishing on the local creek, looking for arrowheads in the fields or catching lizards in the foothills.
Living near the mountains also introduced Grant to lots of interesting stories: legends of buried gold in the wooded area behind his house, tales of wild mining camps in the hills and especially the spooky stories around the campfire.
These experiences helped Grant discover the power of storytelling and he began honing his craft. He peaked in fifth grade, when his story about sailors encountering cannibals on a remote island earned a standing ovation from his class. It was a magical moment, but it’s been all downhill from there.
In college, Grant studied folklore and gained a new appreciation for the art of storytelling. For his senior project, he collected oral stories from the Navajo culture. His research was even selected for inclusion in the special collections of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.
Grant has a vagabond heart and often dreams of visiting new places. While journeying through the jungle in Nepal, he befriended village children who inspired the story of Rhino Trouble. As a tribute to those bright and friendly kids, Grant is donating every penny he earns from this book to an organization called The Umbrella Foundation that provides shelter and education for at-risk children in Nepal.
Grant is currently working on his next book, which also takes place in Nepal. He lives in a small town in Utah with his wife and two children.