Laurie was born and raised in Southern Illinois. She obtained her B.S.in English Education from the University of Illinois, where she also met and then married her husband Steve. Laurie earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in English (20th-century American literature) from Arizona State University, where she also taught literature and composition. In addition to her novels, Laurie has published two academic books, several short stories and poems, and edited other's works. After much time spent in Academia and raising her three children (Anthony, Michelle, and Caitlin), Laurie returned to her passion for writing fiction. She is a prolific writer of contemporary upmarket women's fiction and typically completes one novel each year.
Laurie resides with her husband, Steve, in Paradise Valley and Flagstaff, Arizona.
Laurie has completed nine novels in the genre of women's literary fiction. They are not a series of books, but instead, form a small library of nine diverse stories that include well-developed characters and intriguing and complex plots.
Each of her books would be perfect for your women's book club. Four of her books have been published, and the rest will be released over the next several months, one at a time, in both print and ebook format.
Join Laurie's "Reader's List" to get advanced access to her new releases and information on her appearance dates, and please visit her library to preview her books.
You can participate in Laurie's journey as an author by following and commenting on her Blog, visiting her Amazon Author Page (accessible from the front page), and keeping in touch on her numerous social media sites (including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Laurie welcomes comments, questions, and reviews from her readers and on occasion participates in larger book club meetings via video.
Feel free to email Laurie with special requests for your Book Club. She will try to respond as promptly as possible.
Laurie posts regularly about the process of writing women's literary and book club fiction. Please feel free to comment.