My name is Brent J. Rowley. I was born a fifth generation Mormon, and raised in Orem, Utah, where I have lived for most of my life. I'm an Eagle Scout and Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow. In high school, I decided to stay away from sports and car engines and involved myself instead in the Drama Club, the Stage Crew, the Yearbook Staff, and the Acapella Choir. I also performed for many years with an award-winning Indian Dance Team, which ultimately earned me an entertainment scholarship to Hawaii. I attended college at the Church College of Hawaii (which later became BYU-Hawaii).
I served a two-year proselyting mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) in Colombia, South America, where I became fluent in Spanish. I later married a beautiful Colombian BYU student. We've been happily married now for many, many years and have five children: three boys and two girls, including a set of twins. Our children have subsequently blessed us with a nice collection of grandchildren … each of whom we spoil rotten at every opportunity.
During our early married years, I worked mostly in construction-related fields. I became a licensed General Contractor and had my own construction company and painting company. I also worked part-time for several years as a Real Estate Appraiser. I also spent a few years employed by the Church, maintaining all of the Church properties and chapels in Central America and the Caribbean, while living in San José, Costa Rica with my family.
In the mid-80s, I changed careers and discovered it was more fun working indoors on computers than it was working out in the boiling heat and freezing cold. I spent twenty years working in the computer/network arena, and have traveled extensively in the process. In fact, I've worked in (or at least driven through) forty-six of our fifty states, and, in addition, have been in twenty-two countries ... all in the western hemisphere.
With the downturn of the economy, I was forced out of the network field, and spent a couple of years hopping from job to job trying to stay ahead of the dismal economic statistics. In 2010 I started yet another career as an armed security officer.
In the mid-90s, I decided to try my hand at writing, having been an avid reader for most of my life. Publishing under the name of BJ Rowley, I currently have seven books published … five of them action-adventure novels written mainly for Youth and Young Adults (and the Young at Heart), a non-fiction book written for Young Women, and a general-audience Christmas/Inspirational novel. I'm also a co-author of two "how-to" books published by LDStorymakers on how to write and get published in the LDS market. I hope to see one or two of my books converted into a movie sometime in the future. (more on that as soon as I know.) I do my writing in the evenings and during whatever other spare time I can arrange. When I'm at home, I like to play the piano and spend time with my family.
In the Church, I currently serve as the ward choir director. I spent many years working in the Scouting program. I have also held several other music positions, stake positions, and served in two branch presidencies and a bishopric. If asked what my favorite job would be in the Church, I would have to say, "playing the piano in Primary."