About Laurie J. Edwards

From the time she was old enough to talk, Laurie Edwards loved books. Once she learned to read, her mother constantly bugged her to put away her books and go outside to play. She also got in trouble for hiding books in her desk at school and reading during class. At night she’d sneak a flashlight into bed and read under the covers. By the time she was a teenager, she was reading thirty books a week.

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So what does a booklover  do when it’s time to choose a profession? She becomes a librarian, of course, so she can read to her heart’s content and never have to pay fines for overdue books. Or—even better—she becomes an author, so she can write stories of her own to delight not only herself, but other readers. Laurie started out as a librarian, but then wrote picture books and easy readers. Now she’s graduated to YA fiction and adult novels. Visit Laurie at her WEBSITE.



A former teacher and librarian, Laurie J. Edwards is a USA Today bestselling author as well as an illustrator. In addition to more than 2300 magazine and educational articles, she is the author of more than 45 books in print or forthcoming.

Her most recent releases include more than 20 Amish novels and anthologies; 4 MG novels in the Second Chance Ranch series; an MG nonfiction book, Exploring Ancient Rome; along with 11 novels and 4 anthologies under contract.

Her 2015 releases include Her Cold Revenge (Book 2 in the YA WANTED series), Imperial China, West African Kingdoms, and Ancient Egypt (Cengage), a story in the anthology Love & Profanity (Capstone), and illustrations for the picture book, The Teeny Tiny Woman (Ustyme), which was picked up by RIF (Reading is Fundamental) for their Billion eBook Gift program, and 20 million copies were distributed to families around the world.

Her 2014 titles are Grace and the Guiltless written under the pseudonym Erin Johnson, the first book in a 4-book YA series, WANTED, set in the Wild West (Switch Press) and the Cyber Self-Defense Manual with co-author Alexis Moore (Rowman & Littlefield). She also contributed to Eager for English, a reading book for Ethiopian students, written in cooperation with the residents of Gimbi, Ethiopia, and the Peace Corps.

Some of her other books are the 5-vol. UXL Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (Gale, 2012), Pirates through the Ages (Cengage, 2011), and Rihanna (People in the News) (Lucent, 2009) as well as stories in several anthologies, such as Summer Lovin’ and A Community of Writers. Laurie also juggles a freelance editing career and writes adult novels under two pseudonyms.



Here are some of the places I’ve been interviewed or have been featured, or have been a guest blogger:

Sub It Club

Miss Marple’s Musings

The Porch Swing Chronicles

ABC Channel 27 News clip (please excuse the commercial; I’m mentioned in the show)

SCBWI Success Stories 2014: Bologna Book Fair (2:34)

KidLit Summer School: Handling Backstory the Right Way

Mixed-Up Files blog Holiday Video

Hollins University News

Teen Reads (read about Erin Johnson’s favorite Halloween costume)

Judith Tewes

Jeri Smith-Ready

A Life Bound by Books

Little Library Muse

Never Be Anything but Loud

For What It’s Worth

Jen McConnel: Believe in Magic

Writers on Writing

Hollins University: Summer’s Are Magical…

Little Library Muse (again)

A Glass of Wine

Reading Is My Treasure

YA Yeah! Yeah!

Tales of Yesterday

The Reader Bee


Words of Mystery

Weekend Showcase at Dark Divas

Honorable Mention at Kidlit.com

Romance Writers on the Journey

Emma Lai Writes

Susquehanna Writers: Award Winners

Robin Falls Kids Story Time – Blog Talk Radio Show

Climbing Rose Blog–Interview

Anna Kathryn Lanier–Guest blog: If Only…

YA Edge–Featured Author

Cate Masters–Interview

The Susquehanna Writers–Announcement

Roses of Houston blog

The Susquehanna Writers–Connections

Mary Kole’s KidLit Blog

If Only — A Tip Tuesday Post

Prairie Chicks

Storee Wryter

Blog Lovin’

Downtown YA

6 responses

14 08 2009

We offer a weekend poll at The Long and the Short of It romance reviews– we want to know which book or story sounds like the best read based on our reviews. The winning author gets a nifty button and the privilege of having their book or story featured at the top of that page the entire next week!

Your story “Summer Lovin'” was reviewed by us this week and is up for Best Book honor this weekend (voting runs from Saturday, 8/15, through Sunday, 8/16). We thought you might like to know. You can find the information here on Saturday:


Please contact us for a special button celebrating your ranking. Thanks and good luck!


1 11 2009
Jane Greenhill

Laurie, I can’t thank you enough for recommending my YA I was a Teenage ALIEN.
You’re so sweet, kind and amazing. I’m sending you a cyber hug
love ya

4 11 2009

You’re welcome. I think your book is great and very funny! You deserve to be a winner.

29 11 2010
Kerri Reid

Your book, “Life Intterupted” is one of my VERY favourite books! I am in my thirties and my life was derailed in my early twneties after I was diagnosed with a chronic illlness. I now live in an Asissted Liviing Facility. I very much want to keep track of your blog, but the ALF firewall for the internet for some dumb reason blocks blogspot. IS there anyway I can get emailed copies of your blog entries? Or do you post them here too? At any rate, I just want to say Thankyou for writting that book and making me feel less alone in this world! Also EVERYTHING you say about hospitals is TRUE! 🙂 I hope you have a great dfay and look forward to hearing from you soon!

7 12 2016
How Do Writers Get Ideas? | From the Mixed-Up Files...

[…] A former teacher and librarian, Laurie J. Edwards is now an author who has written more than 2300 articles and 30 books under several pen names, including Erin Johnson and Rachel J. Good. To come up with ideas for her books, she people-watches and eavesdrops on conversations in public places, which starts her brain racing with questions. To find out more about Laurie, visit her website and blog. […]

3 02 2017
Daring to Be Different | From the Mixed-Up Files...

[…] A former teacher and librarian, Laurie J. Edwards is now an author who has written more than 2300 articles and 36 books under several pen names, including Erin Johnson and Rachel J. Good. Living in Africa as a child and traveling extensively as an adult taught Laurie the importance of appreciating other cultures. She spent last weekend with an African friend, learning to properly cook grasshoppers and caterpillars. To find out more about Laurie, visit her website and blog. […]

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