Louise Plummer

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Louise Plummer Mormon author

Louise Plummer is an author and retired associate professor of English. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Born Louise Roos and raised in Salt Lake City, she earned her master’s degree in English at the University of Minnesota while her husband, Tom, was a professor there. They both took positions at Brigham Young University in 1985. She had won the Delacorte Press First Young Adult Novel Contest the same day her husband received his offer of employment, and her winning book, The Romantic Obsessions and Humiliations of Annie Sehlmeier, was published in 1987. The book later became a children's choice book with both the New York Public Library and the International Reading Association.

Her second novel, My Name is Sus5an Smith. The 5 is Silent was an ALA Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, Utah Arts Council Best Young Adult Novel, Association for Mormon Letters Best Young Adult Novel, and another New York Public Library Children's Choice Book. Her third novel, The Unlikely Romance of Kate Bjorkman, was also an ALA Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, and an Association for Mormon Letters Best Young Adult Novel. Her A Dance For Three was also an ALA Best Book. She also wrote Finding Daddy (2007) and Thoughts of a Grasshopper (personal essays, 1992).

She has also written nonfiction books specifically for an Latter-day Saint audience. She was a popular speaker at BYU Women’s Conferences. Plummer taught writing classes at BYU. With her husband, she taught an honors class on writing personal essays and memoirs. After their retirement, they directed a BYU study abroad program in Vienna.

Louise and Tom Plummer are the parents of four sons.

She was a weekly contributor to the blog “The Apron Stage” and writes a blog called “The Chattering Crow.”