Nadene LeCheminant has degrees in history and art from Utah State University. As a university writer and magazine editor, she has been recognized with eight top-tier CASE writing awards, and as a public speaker, she has provided communications strategies to national and regional nonprofit organizations.
LeCheminant’s love of the southern Utah desert — the backdrop for much of The Gates of Eden — was nurtured on a bare-bones survival trip, during which she walked several hundred miles across the Utah wilderness without a sleeping bag or tent.
The author is related through plural marriage to Mormon prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Her great-great-grandfather fathered nearly sixty children by five wives.
LeCheminant lives in Salem, Oregon. This is her first novel.