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.
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 freelance author and illustrator. In addition to more than 2200 magazine and educational articles, she is the author of 20 books in print or forthcoming. 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 three picture books, including The Teeny Tiny Woman (Ustyme).
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:
ABC Channel 27 News clip (please excuse the commercial; I’m mentioned in the show)
KidLit Summer School: Handling Backstory the Right Way
Teen Reads (read about Erin Johnson’s favorite Halloween costume)
Little Library Muse (again)