Laura has always been a storyteller. She began on her front porch, telling ghost stories to the neighborhood kids. They ran screaming, but kept coming back for more. If she wasn’t telling a story, she had her nose in one, bumping into students in the halls on her way to classes.
Her settings are Western, but Laura grew up in the suburbs outside Detroit. Always tomboy, she’s always loved the outdoors and adventure. In 1980 she and her sister packed everything they owned into their Pintos and moved to California, sight unseen. There Laura met her husband, a motorcycling, bleed-maroon Texas Aggie, and her love affair with the West began.
She rode a hundred thousand miles on the back of his motorcycle, propping a paperback on his back and reading on the boring stretches. But you can’t read all day and after awhile, her brain would empty of the day-to-day thoughts and cast about for something new.
One day, riding into the small town of Kernville, California, a dog ran in front of the bike. After a gut clenching scare, he trotted back the way he came and they rode on. But she started thinking. What if someone came along and hit the dog? And what if a girl riding a motorcycle came along . . .
The idea grew into Laura’s first novel, Her Road Home.
Laura has since learned to ride her own motorcycle, and now owns two; Elvis, a 1985 BMW Mystic, and Sting, a 1999 BMW R1100. She’s in put over a hundred thousand miles of her own, riding the back roads, getting to know the western towns that are her book’s settings.
On an annual pilgrimage to Texas, Laura was introduced to her first rodeo, and loved everything about it. She was even more excited to discover Pro Bull Riding was shown on television every week! She’s since attended any event within driving distance, four PBR National finals and has even attended a bullfighting clinic – as a spectator. Several people in the industry have been gracious in sharing their knowledge with a city girl. Her love of this sport grew into ideas for her PBR inspired series, Sweet on a Cowboy.
Ideas are still growing.
She sold her Sweet on a Cowboy series, romances set in the world of professional bull riding, to Grand Central (Forever). The Sweet Spot (May 2013), Nothing Sweeter (Jan 2014) and Sweet on You (August 2014).
The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America RITA for Best First Book
Her ‘biker-chick’ novel, Her Road Home, sold to Harlequin’s Superromance line and expanded to three more stories set in the same small town. The Reasons to Stay, Twice in a Blue Moon and Against the Odds.
Laura has long wanted to make a foray into another genre she loves, Women’s Fiction. The result was Days Made of Glass, the story of the first woman rodeo bullfighter.
Laura then signed on to write three more books for Grand Central. A small town Western series, set in the fictional town of Unforgiven, New Mexco. The Last True Cowboy released December 4, 2018, Home at Chestnut Creek July 2019, and Cowboy for Keeps July, 2020.
In 2014, Laura realized a lifelong dream of becoming a Texan, and is currently working on her accent. She gave up the corporate CFO gig to write full time. She’s a wife, grandmother, and motorcycle chick in the remaining waking hours.
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