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THE SHORT STORY:
Laura is married to her high school sweetheart, has three young adult 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 young adult children—Charlotte (26), Jameson (22), and Jacob (19)… 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.
She enjoys a variety of passions and pastimes such as traveling, reading, ZUMBA fitness, leading worship at her church, ballroom dancing, snowshoeing, 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 (and rejections) 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. 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 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 signed a contract for a 3-book deal with Anaiah Press for her Christian romantic suspense novels. The Glass Bottom Boat will be the first book in the “Flight to Freedom” series and will be published March 12, 2019.
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 2018 EVENTS:
April 27 & 28: Author booth at the BC Christian Home Educator’s Convention, Kelowna, B.C.
August 10: Podcast interview with Shelby Hughes at Making the Time
August 21: Podcast interview with The Christian Entrepreneurs Podcast
September 29: Local author presentation at “Culture Days” Festival, Kelowna, B.C.
October 4: Author presentation at Karis Support Society, Kelowna, B.C.
November 10: Book signing 1-4pm at Indigo Bookstore, Kelowna, B.C. (formerly Chapters)
LAURA’S 2019 EVENTS:
February 4: Speaking presentation at NOW Canada, Kelowna