Bree Despain: Mormon Author
Bree Rene Biesinger Despain is an American author who writes Young Adult novels.
Despain was born on January 13, 1979, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite creating stories and books in her childhood, she attended Brigham Young University with the intent of becoming a lawyer. She devoted one semester away from classwork to write and direct plays for at-risk, inner-city teens from Philadelphia and New York. With her love of writing rekindled, she changed her college schedule to include literature and creative writing classes.
Marriage, a new baby, and full-time work soon filled up her time and her writing was set aside again. After she was seriously injured in a car accident, her husband brought home a refurbished laptop computer and encouraged her to start writing. She started writing full-time when she realized life was short and she would regret never having published a book. She received an offer for her debut novel on the sixth anniversary of her car accident. The Dark Divine was published in March 2009, marking the first volume in her Dark Divine trilogy. Subsequent titles in the series are The Lost Saint (2010) and The Savage Grace (2012). She began a new series, Into the Dark, with The Shadow Prince.
Despain lives in Utah with her husband, Brick, and two children. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.