Laura L. Cooper
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About Me:
I live on a farm with my family. Love reading and writing crime novels and short fiction. I am a member of the Sisters in Crime-Guppies and the Nebraska Writers Guild.
I Am A:
Reader, Writer
Books And Authors I Like:
Recent favorites: The Dangerous Edge of Things, The Scent of Rain and Lightning, and The Burden of Truth.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Shawshank Redemption, Fargo, and the Matrix series.

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Ebook Sales Skyrocket

According to the Association of American Publishers, ebooks became the bestselling category in American publishing for the first time in February 2011.


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Posted on May 8, 2011 at 2:00pm

Farewell to Manual Typewriters

In addition to books from my childhood, the reluctant typewriter in the basement of my family home drew me to writing. The gummy keys stuck, forcing me to use several fingers and a hearty jab to generate each key stroke. I worked long hours to create something that looked like the “real” writing I saw in books.


Apparently typewriters continued to be viewed as useful machines in India until…


Posted on April 27, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Nebraska Writers Guild Spring Conference 2011

Recently attended the NWG Spring Conference at Mahoney State Park.  Heard informative presentations by Alex Kava (mystery/thriller author), Mary Colgan (editor, Chronicle Books), and Terry Burns (author/agent, Hartline Agency).  Over 80 area writers participated.  Lots of useful information...important as publishing is changing so rapidly.

If you are an author deciding what to do with your next manuscript, ask yourself, "What is my goal?"  It makes a big difference if you are…


Posted on April 21, 2011 at 9:30am

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At 9:21am on July 22, 2009, Preetham Grandhi said…
Hi Laura, I want to introduce you to my debut novel "A Circle of souls" which is a murder, mystery, psychological thriller and a tale of justice and hope. Do visit to read more about the book. Make sure you sign up to win an autographed copy of the book. You can also read more reviews by clicking on the More Reviews button at the website. Thanks for your time in advance.

Best regards

Preetham Grandhi

Early Endorsements for “A Circle of Souls”

Linda Fairstein, NYT Bestselling Author: "A fascinating debut - this novel takes the reader to the darkest places in the human soul, from a writer with the authenticity to lead us there. A stunning thriller and an important read."

Judge Judy Sheindlin, star of the Judge Judy Show: "The seminal work of this fine author kept me glued to my chair until the adventure was over and the mystery solved. A great read!"

Book Synopsis:

The sleepy town of Newbury, Connecticut, is shocked when a little girl is found brutally murdered. The town s top detective, perplexed by a complete lack of leads, calls in FBI agent Leia Bines, an expert in cases involving children.

Meanwhile, Dr. Peter Gram, a psychiatrist at Newbury s hospital, searches desperately for the cause of seven-year-old Naya Hastings devastating nightmares. Afraid that she might hurt herself in the midst of a torturous episode, Naya s parents have turned to the bright young doctor as their only hope.

The situations confronting Leia and Peter converge when Naya begins drawing chilling images of murder after being bombarded by the disturbing images in her dreams. Amazingly, her sketches are the only clues to the crime that has panicked Newbury residents. Against her better judgment, Leia explores the clues in Naya s crude drawings, only to set off an alarming chain of events.
In this stunning psychological thriller, innocence gives way to evil, and trust lies forgotten in a web of deceit, fear, and murder.
At 3:47am on April 2, 2009, Nancy Thorp said…
Sure you can !
I love your website !
At 4:57am on February 23, 2009, Dianne said…
Thanks Laura,
I'm sending it to Ellery Queen. I never heard back from Alfred Hitchcock, but I heard that is a tough one. I know that Ellery Queen has a dept for people who have never published, so, we'll see. I'll let you know.

~ Dianne

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