About Laura Thomas…
THE SHORT STORY:
Laura is married to her high school sweetheart, has three wonderful children, and an adorable English bulldog. Born and raised in England and Wales, she immigrated to Canada in her mid-twenties, and now lives in Kelowna, British Columbia, where her authoring dreams have become a reality.
Laura treasures the privilege of sharing her heart in the form of published novels and books, short stories, and Bible devotions. Laura’s strongest desire is to provide wholesome reading for children, challenging books for teens, and encouragement as well as entertainment for her adult readers.
THE NOT-SO-SHORT STORY:
Laura is married to Lyndon, her high school sweetheart, and has three amazing children- Charlotte (22), Jameson (18), and Jacob (16)… and a cheeky English bulldog named Ginger Lily.
Laura was born and raised in the south of England, then spent her teens and early twenties in Wales, before embarking on an audacious adventure; immigrating to Canada. She now lives in Kelowna, a beautiful gem in British Columbia, where her authoring dreams have become a reality.
After completing 13 years of home schooling her children (and remaining relatively sane), she is now able to focus on writing. She also loves leading worship at her church, and enjoys travelling, reading, ZUMBA fitness, ballroom dancing, shopping, walking, snow shoeing, running, and eating copious amounts of chocolate. India has a little piece of Laura’s heart after a missions trip to visit church plants in Hyderabad in 2015, and she looks forward to seeing what God has in store for the future!
Laura’s faith is everything to her. Having witnessed the dramatic conversion of her father, she made the decision to become a Christ follower at the tender age of eleven. As a child, reading was a huge passion and today she treasures the privilege of sharing her heart with readers.
Laura first took pen to paper hoping to create “something readable” in 2006, after much encouragement from her husband. Two courses from the Institute of Children’s Literature (USA) and numerous submissions later, she is now a published author!
Tears to Dancing is an inspirational novel for teens, published by Dancing With Bear Publishing in 2012. Much of her heart and soul went into this book, and she is forever grateful to the One who gave her the words to write.
Tears of a Princess is the dramatic sequel, and was also published by Dancing With Bear Publishing in 2013.
Pearls for the Bride: Dear Daughter… is a marriage/ relationship book for brides-to-be and newlyweds, published by Dancing With Bear Publishing in May 2014.
The Candle Maker is a middle grade novel for readers aged 8-11, published in July 2015 by Dancing With Bear Publishing.
Fairy Wings is Laura’s first self-published picture book on Kindle for ages 3-6, published Nov 2014.
Celebrating Love tells Laura’s own true love story, and is a Kindle short story published by Dancing With Bear Publishing for Valentine’s Day in 2014.
Laura enjoys writing for all ages and many genres from pre-school short stories to love-inspired suspense manuscripts. She has articles and short stories published in magazines and online in Shine Brightly, U.S.Kids, Zamoof!, Keys for Kids, Bumples, Short-story-time.com, Guardian Angel Kids Ezine, Knowonder!, SUSIEMag.com and Christian Devotions U.S. One of her stories is published as an educational tool by Peoples Education for the school market in the USA, and she also has a short story “The Fiery Princess” in Knowonder!’s published anthology Spread Your Wings. Laura had written short stories and a series of e-books for Vida Yum, and writes children’s devotional short stories for Union Gospel Press.
With the desire to provide wholesome reading with good, solid morals for young children, challenging books for teens, and encouragement for adults, Laura will continue to write while there is still ink in her pen.
Check out Laura’s author interview with Storytime Standouts HERE
Laura thoroughly enjoys her book signing events, and is happy to come out and mingle with readers wherever she can. Locally, she has held book signing events at Willow Park Church (Kelowna), Chapters (Kelowna), Hooked on Books (Penticton), Mosaic Books (Kelowna), Coles (Penticton), Bell Tower Books (Kelowna), and Coles (Vernon).
She particularly loves interacting with young readers, and in the past couple of years has given school presentations on writing and book signings to students at various schools in the southern Okanagan, British Columbia. Many thanks to the Raise A Reader program for these wonderful opportunities.
April 24 & 25: Author booth at the BC Christian Home Educator’s Convention
May 2: Book signing event at Chapters bookstore, Kelowna, BC
May 12: Raise-A-Reader school presentations at Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary and OIiver Elementary, BC
May 15-16: Attendee at Northwest Christian Writers Renewal Conference, Redmond, Washington, US
May 26: Raise-A-Reader school presentation at Holy Cross, Penticton.
July 5-10: Presenter at BC Youth Writers Camp Penticton, BC
If you would like Laura to do a book signing or presentation, please contact her directly HERE.