Laurie readingI grew up in a small town in rur­al north­ern Wis­con­sin. When I was a kid, I loved books and ani­mals. Not much has changed!

I grad­u­at­ed from col­lege with a degree in Applied Math­e­mat­ics and became a soft­ware engi­neer. I always loved writ­ing, though, and when I had chil­dren of my own I was remind­ed how much I love children’s books. It was time for a career change!

I now write for chil­dren and young adults to help my readers—and myself—make bet­ter sense of the world we live in so we can con­tribute to mak­ing it a bet­ter place. I strive to write non­fic­tion that gives wings to active imag­i­na­tions and fic­tion that taps into our uni­ver­sal human truths. I believe that each of us is capa­ble of doing amaz­ing things once we dis­cov­er our pas­sion, tal­ent, and pur­pose. Read­ing is a great place to start!

I’m the black dress. My amaz­ing dog Sam­my is in the red. My best friend Tra­cy is in the white.

My books are rep­re­sent­ed by Ammi-Joan Paque­tte at Erin Mur­phy Lit­er­ary Agency, and my arti­cles have appeared in Odyssey, Faces, Know, Kono, WeeOnes, and Par­entMap magazines.

I live near Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, and have been a mem­ber of the Soci­ety of Children’s Book Writ­ers and Illus­tra­tors (SCBWI) since 2005, was co-region­al advi­sor for the SCBWI West­ern Wash­ing­ton region from 2009–2011, and served on the advi­so­ry com­mit­tee for 12 years.

Please feel free to email me if you have any ques­tions! You can also fol­low me on Twit­ter and “like” me on Face­book.

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