The short version

I'm a Florida girl with a taste for travel, alternative music, and young adult books. I fell in love with YA while teaching middle school English. Now I work in website coordination by day and weave words into stories by night.

The long version

Laurie graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's in English and a Master's in English education and educational technology. Her teaching career evolved into work as a freelance editor and website coordinator, helping churches, schools, and individuals develop a solid web presence.

Laurie's personal love for reading grew into a passion for writing, and she joined the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in 2012. She led the SCBWI Jacksonville Critique Group for three years. Her latest manuscript PISTOL CANDY won the 2017 Rising Kite Award for YA fiction for the state of Florida. She is thrilled to be a 2017 Pitch Wars Mentor.

Laurie is represented by Danielle Burby at Nelson Literary Agency.

Meet the Assistants

Benjamin Bernardo

Chief Encouragement Officer

Allison J. Cat

Office Manager

Interested in critique, editing, or web services?

I offer critique, editing, and web coordination services on a project by project basis. Contact me for a customized quote today.