THE SHORT STORY:
Laura is a published Christian author with a heart for inspiring and encouraging readers, especially in her romantic suspense, teen fiction, marriage, and children’s books. Laura is a chocoholic mom of three, married to her high school sweetheart. Originally from the UK, they live in Kelowna, B.C. as audacious empty-nesters.
THE NOT-SO-SHORT STORY:
Laura is married to Lyndon, her high school sweetheart, and has three fantastic young adult children—Charlotte (26), Jameson (22), and Jacob (20)… 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 homeschooling her children (and remaining relatively sane), she is now able to fully focus on writing.
When not writing, she adores reading—it really is her happy place. And if she can read on a beach, that’s pure perfection! Laura enjoys traveling, ZUMBA fitness, singing on worship team, baking, sporadic ballroom dancing and snowshoeing, dabbling in photography, 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, 25 years later! But after two courses from the Institute of Children’s Literature (USA) and numerous submissions (and rejections), she eventually became a published author!
Laura signed a contract for a 3-book deal with Anaiah Press for her Christian romantic suspense novels in the “Flight to Freedom” series: The Glass Bottom Boat (March 2019), The Lighthouse Baby (May 2019) and The Orphan Beach (coming February 2020).
Laura has five books published by Dancing With Bear Publishing: Christian teen fiction novels Tears to Dancing, Tears of a Princess, and Tears, Fears, and Fame, non-fiction marriage book Pearls for the Bride, and middle-grade historical fiction The Candle Maker. Her Kindle interactive picture book Fairy Wings is for princesses aged 3-6. She also has stories published in anthologies Spread Your Wings and An Okanagan Tapestry. Her articles and short stories are published in magazines and online in The Joyful Life Magazine, Iola magazine, 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 devotional short stories for children, teens, and adults for Union Gospel Press.
Laura is delighted to have literary agent Caroline George at Cycle Young representing her picture book, Tea Under the Sea.
LISTEN TO LAURA:
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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 2019 EVENTS:
February 7: Podcast interview with By Her Shelf (to be posted March 11)
March 9: Speaking presentation at NOW Canada, Kelowna
March 12: New book published: The Glass Bottom Boat (Christian romantic suspense)
April 15: Author presentation and writing workshop: Kelowna Homeschool Group
May 7: New book published: The Lighthouse Baby (Christian romantic suspense)
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