Called to Create is a podcast where your desire to create will be supported and celebrated through interviews with inspiring Latter-day Saint creators who are passionate about their craft and share helpful, real-life experiences that will guide you on your creative journey. Look for new episodes on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Susan Easton Black
Susan Easton Black’s accomplishments range from becoming the first female professor of religion at Brigham Young University to writing 170 books, including President M. Russell Ballard’s biography, to being a key partner on her pickleball team. Tune into her delightful conversation with our host, Connie Sokol. You’ll be glad you did.
Susan & George: Devotional
"The Faith to Create" 2022 LDSPMA Conference: Connie Sokol with Jen Brewer and Rachelle J. Christensen
Back for its 8th year! The annual conference of Latter-day Saints in Publishing, Media & the Arts (LDSPMA) is the best networking, learning, and professional development opportunity for all Latter-day Saint creatives. In this podcast bonus episode, our host, Connie Sokol, and her guests, Rachelle J. Christensen and Jen Brewer, share fun and life-changing conference experiences that have propelled their careers forward. Registration for the October 20 - 22 conference is open now! Choose virtual, in-person, or both! Early bird registration ends Saturday, April 30th.
Rachelle J. Christensen
Host, Connie Sokol
Rachelle's writing tips plus 7-Point Story Structure videos featuring Dan Wells
Nate and Emmy Eaton
Eight-year-old Emmy Eaton’s “7 Questions with Emmy” segment on “The Drew Barrymore Show” resulted from a comment on Facebook suggesting she swap roles with her news reporter dad. She accepted the challenge and has gone on to interview over 40 high-profile people, including Elmo, Jeff Foxworthy, Dana Perino, Keith Morrison, and Joy D. Jones. Her dad, Nate Eaton, an Edward R. Murrow Award recipient and four-time winner of Virginia Associated Press’ Outstanding Reporter of the Year Award, has interviewed a serial killer, covered the execution of the D.C. Sniper, reported on President Obama, and attended the White House Easter Egg Roll. In 2015, Nate launched EastIdahoNews.com, a news website that is now the news leader in eastern Idaho.
“7-Questions with Emmy” on The Drew Barrymore Show (via East Idaho News)
“Measuring Snow with the Kit-Kat-O-Meter”
“Waiting Upon the Lord: the Power of Heaven,” Henry B. Eyring, BYU Devotional, 30 September 1990
Josi Kilpack, an award-winning author of over 30 books covering multiple genres, distinguishes her stories by creating likable, relatable characters with quirks. Never intending to become an author, she wrote her first manuscript while pregnant and bedridden with her third child. In this interview, she shares tips and tricks she uses with every book that have kept her writing when she didn’t want to write.
Josi’s website https://www.josiskilpack.com/
Josi’s books can be found at Deseret Book, Seagull Books, Amazon, or her website.
Heidi Tucker is an award-winning author and speaker. She has won multiple “best inspirational” awards for her books which include "Bridge of Miracles", "The Secret Keepers", "Finding Hope in the Journey", and "Servie’s Song". Her passion for writing and speaking about light and hope has inspired thousands. Heidi is known as a great storyteller who believes that every story not only teaches an important principle but can make you feel it. She has inspired many to rise up, cling to their faith, and position their hearts to recognize God’s hand in their life. When Heidi isn’t writing her next book or speaking at a conference, you’ll find her spending time outdoors with her husband, four grown children, and eleven grandchildren. She loves sunflowers, hiking, and ice cream ... not necessarily in that order.
Latest Book: Bridges of Miracles
Heidi’s books can be purchased at
History of the Saints
Barnes and Noble
Jenny Oaks Baker
Dubbed ‘America’s Violinist’ for the magic of her artistry, Jenny Oaks Baker is a Grammy nominee and Billboard No. 1 recording artist who knows the thrill of soloing at Carnegie Hall. A devoted wife and mother of four children, Jenny has experienced highs and lows in her life and career but has always trusted God to guide her. “I knew I needed to work really hard, stay very close to the Spirit and do what is right, and everything would work out.”
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JennyOaksBaker
“Free At Last Medley” with Condoleezza Rice (March 4th) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veYkOvsYGjU
Jenny Oaks Baker’s Music: iTunes, Spotify, Deseret Book
Jenny’s website https://www.jennyoaksbaker.com/