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How To Make Someone You Love a Murderer

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cincinnati and louisville
About Me:
Still a thriller writer-chick. My second novel, Calling Mr. Lonely Hearts, is now available from Ballantine Books and Brilliance audio. I also co-edit Surreal South, a series anthology of short fiction, with my husband, writer Pinckney Benedict. My work as appeared in EQMM and other anthologies. I occasionally still review books for The Grand Rapids Press in Michigan. I live in Carbondale, IL, which is nowhere near Chicago. I hope you'll check out my website to learn more about me and my work--also my blog, Notes From the Handbasket. Thanks for visiting my page!
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Books And Authors I Like:
Joyce Carol Oates, Patricia Highsmith, Dean Koontz, Oscar Wilde, Angela Carter, Stephen King, Fay Weldon, Allison Brennan, CJ Lyons, Kelli Stanley, Jordan Dane, Lee Child, Richard Matheson, Shirley Jackson, Dashiell Hammett, Neil Gaiman, all the Brontes, that clever person who wrote many more!
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
Dexter, The Tudors, Rebecca, Project Runway, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Cinderella (Korean Horror Film), The Abandoned, Dirty Jobs, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane, Audrey Rose, Rosemary's Baby (do I see a flora theme here?)...again so many more.

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I'm wrestling with demons. This novel I'm working on has brought me to a very dark place that troubles me. The angry heroin addict with a thing for his sister, the childless woman whose grip on reality is tenuous at best, the twin succubi, the faded rock star who slides, effortlessly, into murderous madness: Where do they come from? Certainly they come from inside of me, yet they are not me. Or are they? I hate them and love them in the same way I alternately hate and…


Posted on May 25, 2007 at 12:01pm — 2 Comments

What I Learned at Backspace Today

Why wasn't I hanging out around Backspace months ago? The multi-talented Karen Dionne has an amazing site there--everything the budding or even recently budded writer needs. I visited by way of Susan Henderson's blog and cool writer hangout, LitPark, where Karen will be featured this week.

This is what I picked up today: J.A. Konrath's great list for preparing for a booksigning. This man knows how to handsell books--and he's sold a lot of them. I've attended many signings, and sat…


Posted on May 1, 2007 at 12:00am

A Little Whine with My Cheese, Please

I have just spent a weekend consuming more sugar and chocolate than one human being should have in six months and I feel terrible. It's like I carb-loaded for the Iditarod and then went to take a nap. This is not good.

Last night, I pretty much put the manuscript for Surreal South, the anthology of bizarre Southern fiction and poetry that I'm editing with my husband, Pinckney, to bed. Manuscripts, story notes and bios are delivered, the publisher's putting checks in the mail,… Continue

Posted on April 10, 2007 at 4:59am

Why I'm Happy for Cormac McCarthy

From my review in a newspaper you probably don’t know (The Grand Rapids Press), to my myspace blog, for months I’ve been blathering on about how much I like Cormac McCarthy’s THE ROAD. Now, the news that the book has become Oprah’s next pick. AND he’s going to do her show! Are we living in truly apocalyptic times, or what?

This is why I think THE ROAD is a terrific book: If you’ve read McCarthy’s earlier work, you’ve seen how he has developed as a writer over the past twenty-five or so… Continue

Posted on March 31, 2007 at 5:39am — 5 Comments

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At 7:37pm on January 11, 2010, RONALD FEASEL said…
Please add me my requests full. Checkout my entries here on my second novel I'm writing---Moral Dilemma at:
At 2:08am on March 1, 2009, JackBludis said…
I like your new pic, no longer the "little girl: look.

I share your enthusiasm for Cormac McCarthy. The movie is due later this years with Viggo Mortensen in the lead, and Charleze Theron as the wife never seen but only spoken of in the book. This child is Koti Smit-McPhee, now twelve ... a little old for the part but Mortensen should be able to carry the plot.
At 9:03am on February 16, 2009, Jaden Terrell said…
You're right, Laura. I will post some photos of Luca (aka, His Lordship of Eternal Cuteness). The best one I have of his is one my husband emailed me, and I can't seem to get it into My Pictures. I'll have to break down and get Mike to show me how.
At 3:45am on January 16, 2009, jedidiah ayres said…
Great to see you the other night. Mr. Lonely Hearts is some spooky shit.
At 1:23pm on September 23, 2007, Kelli Stanley said…
Hey, Laura-Girl!

We are going to have a blast, whatever brand of bubbly we decide on!! :)

(I might even start getting primed for it now--should make the airport a more pleasant experience!) ;)

See you soon!

At 10:51am on September 10, 2007, ITW Debut Authors - First Kill said…
Unfortunately...I CAN hear you...from here.
At 9:58am on September 10, 2007, ITW Debut Authors - First Kill said…
I got you added to our page, Madonna. (Like a virgin...pubbed for the very first time) Sing it with me.
At 1:07pm on August 24, 2007, joe miller said…
I'm new to the site and saw your profile.
I'm working on a RS project. Hrothgar reminds me of my Lab Hank.

Check out my fan club... All three of them, Hank, Gracie, & Daisey...LOL

At 12:20pm on August 22, 2007, Robin Burcell said…
You're a better woman than I, Laura! I just now cleaned off my desk and found my Thrillerfest name badge holder, where I've stuffed all my collected cards, thinking: yeah, I should get to that soon.

So, back at you! Great to meet you, and I enjoyed your panel as well.

At 7:48am on August 22, 2007, Rick Mofina said…
Much appreciated Laura.

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