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My name is D. Michael Martindale, and I am a storyteller. It doesn't matter so much which medium I tell the story in--whether it be film or television or writing or music or stage--what's important to me is that I have the opportunity to tell stories that people will enjoy.

I was born in Minnesota where I developed a taste for science fiction and a love for telling speculative stories. After spending two years in Germany as a young adult, I attended Brigham Young University and remained in Utah.

I served three years on the board of the Association for Mormon Letters, a nonprofit organization that promotes Mormon literature and other arts, and I acted as their Writers Conference chairperson for four years. I wrote a number of articles and book and film reviews for their literary journal Irreantum.

I also worked for a time as a staff writer for The Sugar Beet, an Internet publication of Mormon satire patterned after the infamous website The Onion. Many of these online articles of alleged Mormon "news" were eventually collected into the popular book The Mormon Tabernacle Enquirer.

The editor of The Mormon Tabernacle Enquirer decided to start his own publishing company, Zarahemla Books, and chose as its flagship publication my first novel Brother Brigham, which I categorize as "Mormon speculative fiction." Brother Brigham went on to receive a great deal of critical acclaim. I also had my science fiction short story "Bokev Momen" published in the anthology Monsters and Mormons.

As a teenager, I composed the operatic musical General Prophet Joseph Smith which I later polished up and produced on CDs. It's based on historical events leading up to the martyrdom of the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith. I am in the process of adapting it to film.

I wrote, produced, directed, and edited the feature-length fantasy film Geeks and Goblins, Elves and Elliot. I have several other screenplays ready to be developed into feature-length films: a horror film called A Face in the Window, a suspense film called The Dreamcatcher, a romantic comedy called Pink Car Nation, and an unusal Nativity movie that tells the story of the birth of Jesus from the point of view of Mary and Joseph and their romance with each other, called Mary and Joseph.

I've completed my next novel, a fantasy called Celeste and the White Dragon. I'm in the process of doing rewrites on that.

As part of Project23, I'm one of the producers of The Boys at the Bar, a comedy feature film written, executive produced, and directed by Richard Dutcher.

I reside in Salt Lake City, Utah, and am the father of three very intelligent, creative children.

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