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Thanks for stopping by. Make sure to drop me a line in the comment box below. I am delighted to answer your questions or to discuss the book. And if you have a book to recommend to me, so much the better! You can also ask about my availability for readings and speaking events or request that your name be added to my mailing list.

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  1. Hi, my name is Scott Baxter and am a huge fan of Moby Dick. I came across an interview where you stated it was a favorite of yours as well. I’m always interested in modern writers who enjoy it and how they first came across it; did you read it first in college? Thanks for your time.

  2. Hi Laurie, I just finished Unmentionables and SO enjoyed it. I especially admired the amount of research you must have done–and then the way you delicately used it in the book. It was never heavy-handed. I’m wondering how you did your research, and how you managed to use it so adeptly in your book.

    Your fan, April Nauman

    1. Hi April, Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. We moved this fall for the fourth time in two years and I am just getting on my feet. I used the internet, books and films (both period and documentary) for my research. So much has changed regarding primary source research since my days as a history grad student. Then it was all microfilm in the basement of a university library. Now so much actual material has been digitized and is online. For example, the Library of Congress has an entire collection of Traveling Chautauqua pamphlets from the hundreds of performers who appeared under the brown canvas tents over the years. It really is remarkable. I just soak that sort of thing up. When writing, though, I tried not to get too carried away on all the details that might not excite most readers. I got very involved in learning about the linotype machine but ended up using very little in the novel. Thanks for writing. I’m so thrilled you liked the book and again, am sorry for the delayed answer.
      Best wishes,

  3. Hi Laurie,
    I am a voracious reader, and feel so very fortunate to have come upon Unmentionables. It may be a cliche, but I have to resort to it-I could not put the book down until I finished reading. You move so beautifully between settings, and draw your characters with such compassion. Great historical fiction, for me, always opens new areas of knowledge, and your exploration of the Chautauqua Circuit and the role of women volunteers in WWI is fascinating. The feel of small town life in the Midwest was also very strongly conveyed.
    I absolutely loved the book, and thank you for writing it. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
    Deborah Heller

    1. Dear Deborah,
      Your comment made my week … my month! I so appreciate your taking the time to write me. I’m sorry for the delay in my response. What other historical fiction do you read? I’m always looking for new books. I, too, am a huge reader. Right now I’m writing a mystery set during the Dust Bowl (the Dirty 30s) in Oklahoma.
      Thanks again for contacting me,

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