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Laurie was born and raised in rural Maryland, surrounded by the history-rich cities of Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore which provide the settings for her books. She is also a popular historical speaker and workshop presenter.

Laruie is a member of the LDStorymakers authors’ group as well as ANWA, a writing group for LDS women.

Where do you currently live?
~ Tom and I still live in a little town called Mount Airy in Carroll County, Maryland, where we raised our family. We’ve lived here for 26 years.
Who are your books published through?
~It’s a little crazy around here because I currently have books under three publishers right now. I’m under contract with Covenant who published my first novel, “Unspoken” and the first two volumes of my “Free Men and Dreamers” series, “Dark Sky at Dawn” and “Twilight’s Last Gleaming.” They pulled out of the series, but readers wrote, asking me to finish the story, so I published volume three, “Dawn’s Early Light” through an Amazon affiliate. I also submitted a romance to Covenant, but they don’t handle literary romances, so I submitted it to Leatherwood Press who is about to launch it this spring.
After writing your first book, how long did it take you to get published?
~ I got really lucky on “Unspoken.” Covenant was the first place I submitted it, and they sent it back, asking me to rework some things. I resubmitted it a few months later and it was accepted. The process from first submission to it’s debut on the shelves was probably about eighteen months.
How did you celebrate your first published novel?
~ I remember this so clearly. My daughter was a student at Utah State in Logan. I was visiting her at Easter time when the call came through. I was so nervous I walked outside so no one would see me melt down if the call was a rejection. When the senior editor said those words, “We’ve decided to accept your manuscript for publication,” I screamed! My daughter Amanda, and all her room mates, cheered for me, then I called my husband and the other kids. It was awesome. Equally splendid was the day the box arrived with the first copies of the book inside. It was magical and surreal. I felt like a new mommy again!
Are your upcoming novels also about the Civil War era?
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This week I got a reject letter from another publishing company. I am beginning to fear that Legend of Circle Stone may never make it to the finished book stage. Although I’ve had it professionally edited and reviewed – it isn’t getting accepted. So I’m going back to square one.

#1 – why do I write. I write because I have voices in my head that want to be heard, visions that need to come to life, and things I want to say. I write because I love it. I write because my day is not complete if I don’t.

#2 – why did I write this story, in this genre, for a middle-grade audience? One day I saw a huge beautiful moth. I felt he was magic and had a mission to accomplishment. I love to read fantasy. The protagonist – is much like me at that age.

#3 – are there any common threads in the rejections? Reviewers have told me that a.) the language is not consistent for the age group and that the vocabulary is too difficult in some places. b.) Not enough action in the beginning.

So – I guess I will pull up my writing boot-straps and rewrite it for the umpteenth time. I will research for age appropriate words and read some more middle-grade novels to catch on to what works for this age group. (In between working on my other works-in-progress.) Stripes and Carolyn have a fantastic world and wonderful message to share. Eventually I will get it right if I write, research, and re-write.