ABOUT LAURA THOMAS…

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THE SHORT STORY:

 

A published Christian author, Laura writes heartwarming encouragement for your soul—especially in her romantic suspense, teen fiction, marriage, and children’s books. Laura is a certified hope*writers writing coach, and a chocoholic mom and gigi, 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:

Hi friend— lean in and let’s talk details!

Firstly, my heart as a writer is to share words that not only entertain you as a reader but also encourage you in your everyday life, and maybe even inspire you to dig deeper in your faith.

I am very much a work in progress but I do have a little life experience under my belt! I was born and raised in the south of England, then spent my teens and early twenties in Wales, before embarking on an intrepid adventure—immigrating to Canada.

I’m married to Lyndon, my high school sweetheart (we started dating when I was 14!)  and I’m Mom to three phenomenal young adult children and Gigi to one precious grandbaby. We are empty-nesters and live with our crazy bulldogs (Lily the English and Lulu the Frenchie) in Kelowna, a beautiful gem in British Columbia, where my author dreams have become a reality…

When I’m not writing, I adore reading—it really is my happy place. And if I can read on a beach, that’s pure perfection! Other passions include making memories with my sweet family, traveling anywhere and everywhere, baking delicious treats, hiking, marriage ministry, sporadic ballroom dancing and snowshoeing, Zumba, dabbling in photography, and eating chocolate.

My faith is everything to me, and I love being able to weave it into much of my writing. I was definitely a late bloomer—as a child, I was an absolute bookworm, but didn’t pursue my secret dream of writing until much, MUCH later… actually, 25 years later! That’s a story right there. But after two courses from the Institute of Children’s Literature (USA) and numerous submissions (and a slew of rejections), I eventually became a published author.

And now I have the joy of coming alongside other writers to help bring courage, confidence, and clarity to their writing journey as a hope*writers certified writing coach—all the details are HERE.

 

PUBLISHED:

Laura has three Christian romantic suspense novels published by Anaiah Press in her “Flight to Freedom” series: The Glass Bottom Boat (March 2019), The Lighthouse Baby  (May 2019), and The Orphan Beach (February 2020).

*COMING SOON: The Christmas Cabin, a Christmas novella from The “Flight to Freedom” series, will be published by Anaiah Press on November 4, 2022.

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 has devotionals included in Everyday Joy Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 devotional books and also has stories published in anthologies Spread Your Wings and An Okanagan Tapestry books. 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 represented by literary agent Karen Neumair at Credo Communications who is working on her latest romantic suspense novel, Captured in Frame. 

 

 

WATCH:

 

Check out Laura’s book review videos on her Youtube channel HERE!

 

 

 

LISTEN:

Want to hear the voice behind the words? Here are some of her podcast interviews:

LISTEN HERE for her podcast interview with Gracewriters, Australia.

LISTEN HERE for her podcast interview with Welcome Heart; Living a Legacy Life.

LISTEN HERE for her podcast interview with The Storytellers Network.

LISTEN HERE for her podcast interview with The Christian Entrepreneurs Podcast.  

 

Laura relishes the opportunity to speak to all audiences about her faith, her writing journey, or in practical writing workshops. She enjoys holding book signing events, being a guest on podcasts, and has given presentations at writing conferences and to students at 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. If you would like Laura to speak at an event, do a book signing, podcast interview, or writing presentation, please contact her directly HERE.

 

LAURA’S 2022 EVENTS:

Feb 13: WELCOME HEART: Living a Legacy Life podcast interview—listen HERE! or watch on YouTube HERE! 

March 17: signed with literary agent Pete Ford at Credo Communications

April 22:  Author presentation at Kelowna Christian School, Kelowna, B.C

April 25: signed book contract with Anaiah Press for The Christmas Cabin, a Christmas novella to be published November 4, 2022.

May 20: GRACEWRITERS, Australia, podcast interview—listen HERE or watch YouTube HERE! 

July 1: SEEK & SAVOR podcast episode on “Soul Rest Summer”—listen HERE!

July 21: INK AND IMPACT podcast interview—listen HERE  or watch on YouTube HERE!

Sept. 23-24: Presenter at Wine Country Writer’s Festival Penticton, B.C.

Nov 4: Book release day for THE CHRISTMAS CABIN, a Christmas novella to be published by Anaiah Press.

Nov 3-5: Presenting as a breakout facilitator at the hope*writers conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.

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