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.
THE NOT-SO-SHORT STORY:
Laura is married to Lyndon, her high school sweetheart, and has three fantastic children—Charlotte (23), Jameson (19), 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 enjoys a variety of passions and pastimes such as leading worship at her church, travelling, reading, ZUMBA fitness, ballroom dancing, snowshoeing, running, and eating copious amounts of chocolate. Laura’s faith is everything to her, and she loves being able to weave it into much of her writing. She was definitely a late bloomer—as a child, she was an absolute bookworm, but didn’t pursue her secret dream of writing until much, MUCH later… actually it was only after some “extreme encouragement” from her husband in 2006. Two courses from the Institute of Children’s Literature (USA) and numerous submissions later, she is now a published author! Laura has five books published by Dancing With Bear Publishing: Christian teen fiction novels Tears to Dancing (2012), Tears of a Princess (2013), Tears, Fears, and Fame (2015), non-fiction marriage book Pearls for the Bride (2014), and middle grade novel The Candle Maker (2015). Her Kindle interactive picture book Fairy Wings (2014) is for princesses aged 3-6, and Celebrating Love (2014) is a Kindle short story about Laura’s own true love story. She also has stories published in anthologies Spread Your Wings (2013) and An Okanagan Tapestry (2015). Her articles and short stories are 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, Christian Devotions U.S., Vida Yum, and Peoples Education in the US. Additionally, Laura writes children’s devotional short stories for Union Gospel Press.
Laura relishes the opportunity to hold book signing events at various locations, and has given school presentations to students at several schools in the Okanagan, British Columbia. She also had the privilege of presenting at Penticton College for a week at the BC Youth Writers Camp, July 2015. If you would like Laura to do a book signing or presentation, please contact her directly HERE.
LAURA’S 2016 EVENTS:
March 5: Book signing event at Chapters bookstore, Kelowna, BC
April 29 & 30: Author booth at the BC Christian Home Educator’s Convention, Kelowna, BC