One of the most wondrous powers of God is the power of creation: so much so that one of the names of God is Creator. And one of the most magnificent generosities of God is his willingness to share this power with us, his immature children. The greatest manifestation of this is our ability, in concert with God, to create life itself through procreation. But our incredible brains (also an amazing gift of God) have unlimited power to create. To verify this, one only needs to gaze at all the creations of man that have occurred throughout the millenia, from the pyramids of Egypt to the amazing technologies of today.
But perhaps the circumstances under which our creative abilities most mimic that of God are when storytellers create new worlds, even universes, for our entertainment and edification. The power of the storyteller to evoke and control the destinies of his own private cosmos of the imagination is rivaled only by God. Of course, our creations pale in comparison to those of the Divine Creator. But after all, we are still only apprentices.
Not every creation of every artist will appeal to every person. But there is some creation by some artist that will fit you perfectly.
"Somewhere there's a world just for you."
D. Michael, Worldsmith
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. 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 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.
Film is my favorite medium in which to tell stories. I wrote, produced, directed, and edited the feature-length fantasy film Geeks & Goblins, Elves & Elliot. I've also made a number of short films, and I have several screenplays ready to be developed into feature-length films.
I reside in Salt Lake City, Utah, and am the father of three very intelligent, creative children.