Trina Boice grew up in California and recently moved to Las Vegas. In 2004 she was honored as the California Young Mother of the Year, an award which completely amuses her 4 sons. She earned two Bachelor’s degrees from BYU where she competed on the Speech and Debate team and the Ballroom Dance Team, winning national titles for both teams. She was President of the National Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma and served as ASBYU Secretary of Student Community Services.
Trina also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and later returned there to serve an LDS mission in Madrid for 1 ½ years. She has a Real Estate license, Travel Agent license, 2 Master’s degrees, and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, although she’s the first one to admit she’d pass out from fright if she were ever really attacked by a bad guy.
She worked as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman in Washington D.C., and was given the “Points of Light” Award and Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her domestic and international community service. She wrote a column called “The Boice Box” for a newspaper in Georgia, where she lived for 15 years. She taught Spanish at a private high school and ran an appraisal business with her husband for 20 years. She currently writes for Roots Television and Go2.com and teaches online for Brigham Young University - Idaho campus.
Trina was selected by KPBS in San Diego to be a political correspondent during the last election year. If she told you what she really did she’d have to kill you.
Trina is the author of 24 books and can’t wait to write her next one! To learn more about her books and speaking engagements go to www.TrinasBooks.com
Describe your desk
I like a clean work space, although I also surround myself with things that make me smile. I have 5 computer monitors, because I'm always working on various documents and watching a movie simultaneously. I have cute little souvenirs from countries around the world where I have traveled, because I absolutely love to travel and am usually busy planning my next trip. I also have a little statue of Groot from the movie Guardians of the Galaxy, simply because he makes me smile. I have my name on a big sign in Mandarin from a speech I gave in China in front of 500 people. I love to smell good things, so I have a pretty diffuser for essential oils. I also have an inspirational quote and the scriptures to remind me what's most important in my life. And finally, I have a picture of my awesome family.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in beautiful, sunny California, which made me a happy, carefree kid. I always knew I’d be a writer when I was a little girl. I just didn’t know exactly what I’d be writing about! I started collecting inspiring quotes and ideas for my books when I was only 7 years old. I kept them in a little box, which grew into dozens of filing cabinets full of material. Thank goodness we can now scan documents into our computer now! I've always loved clever word play, foreign languages and different ways of communicating. Would you believe I actually liked diagramming sentences in middle school? My kids think I'm such a nerd. Ha ha
"How to Stay UP in a DOWN Economy: Earning and Saving Money to Stretch Your Budget" is an empowering non-fiction book designed to help individuals and families stretch their dollar a little farther by earning more and saving more. Money isn't the most important thing in the world, BUT it touches everything that is. The fun book offers a brainstorm of ideas on how to get stuff you want for free!
Sabbath Solutions is filled with great ideas, listing more than 350 fun and creative things to do while still keeping the Sabbath day holy. The first part of the book is a doctrinal approach of this 4th commandment. The second half of the book is a practical approach. We often focus on the "thou shalt not" aspect, yet there are plenty of things we CAN do in keeping with the spirit of the law
“Climbing Family Trees” is a fun book written by twin sisters that includes helpful “how-to” tips to research your own family history. There are also over 100 true and amazing stories that will inspire you to discover your roots, honor your heritage and celebrate your family! Check out http://rootstelevision.typepad.com/climbing_family_trees