On Amazon, every time I went looking for a book, there it was. The Orphan Beach. I'd not read anything by the author, Laura Thomas. Each time I started to click through, something distracted me. Then, I had an opportunity to interview her, and when I discovered that it was that Laura Thomas, well... DUH!
Discussing her writing and publishing journey, the books in print and those to come, by the time I finished chatting about all things books, I felt like I'd made a new friend. Laura Thomas is a fascinating and delightful woman, not to mention an eclectic author!
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The moment Laura said hello, I had to ask about her accent. See, I knew she lived in Canada, but the accent said otherwise. So, English/Canadian author, Laura Thomas tells us about her childhood dream of being the next Beatrix Potter--a dream she'd never told anyone until, after decades of marriage, her husband winkled it out of her!
Still in the throes of homeschooling, Laura began taking correspondence courses to become a writer and eventually published her YA series, the Tears Trilogy.
Of course, picture books were still the dream, but she continued on to writing a middle-grade short novel, The Candlemaker.Being the eclectic author she is, Laura then turned to non-fiction as a gift for her daughter, Pearls for the Bride.
A vacation, a lifelong fear, and a disappointment inspired Laura's first romantic suspense novel, The Glass Bottom Boat. Intended to be a stand-alone, an agent's request turned it into a series, Flight to Freedom.
And this series is this week's featured book!
There is supposed to be a box set, but I didn't find it on Amazon. Still, all three books can be had for under six dollars, and two are on Kindle Unlimited!
This book starts off with a bang!
Although Laura doesn't say she'll never write more in the series, but a vacation to visit family in England last year inspired a new series--suspense. Set in a small village in England. Stick me in a suitcase, I'm going with her!And coming full circle, those picture books she mentioned?
Well, two are being shopped to publishers. One is about a French bulldog and her adventures, while the other is about an octopus making friends with a tea party!
Laura is about to get herself a French bulldog puppy of her own, and plans to name her "Lulu." That prompted me to share a song from the 1920s that I loved as a girl, and I've added it here for your fun, too. :)
And Frank Sinatra did a fun parody of this with Bing Crosby for those who love the oldie moldie!If you'd like to learn more about Laura, visit her at:
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