Laurie is a fifth generation Midwesterner. She grew up in Ohio. Scattered across Ohio, Illinois, and Missouri, are the birthplaces of her ancestors. She has been a reporter, and a feature and obituary writer for several small daily newspapers as well as a college writing tutor. She was among the third class of women admitted to Colgate University. She has master degrees in history from Syracuse University and in creative writing from Wilkes University. Her novel, Unmentionables has been called “a memorable debut novel” by Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread.
When asked to recommend an author, she often names works by Barbara Pym and Edith Wharton. Her favorite Midwestern writers include Marilynne Robinson, Ray Bradbury and William Maxwell.
She currently lives in Rochester, New York, where Susan B. Anthony lived and was arrested for voting in 1872.