About Me

I’ve always defined myself as a writer. In fact, when someone asks me how long I’ve been writing, I never know exactly what to say. I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I distinctly remember standing at the desk of my kindergarten teacher and reciting “The Runaway Easter Egg” and “My New Baby Brother” to Mrs. Rubino as she patiently transcribed my words next to some drawings I did in crayon — right before we bound the book in white yarn to be shown at the Huntington Beach mall. My image of myself as a writer continued into first grade, when Mrs. Booth solidified my career path. She tagged me with “Laurie, Laurie, tell me a story,” and — even though I hadn’t lost my top teeth yet — I suddenly had a purpose in life.

My first actual paycheck for writing came when I was fifteen. I stood in the entryway of my home, gazing at an envelope that had just arrived from Seventeen magazine. They had bought my poem. And the paycheck was for fifty bucks. But the money wasn’t even important to me at the time. What was important was the thrill – and the validation – that I saw in that envelope: I was, actually, a writer.

Since then, I’ve nurtured a long career with words. I started out as a tech editor for an aerospace company, where I had a secret clearance and walked through multiple doors like “Get Smart.” From there, I took on various writing jobs and never stopped. I wrote calendars for NASA. I wrote a video script about astronauts. I wrote about speakers coming to visit the company, and I ghostwrote letters for the company president. I moved on to a newspaper job at The Orange County Register, which I had always dreamed of, and wrote restaurant reviews, advertorials about interior decorators, car stories, wedding stories, stories about Santa Claus, and features about Orange County history. I went to fashion shows, haunted houses, the Long Beach Grand Prix, Solvang, and visited the secret location (somewhere in the hills of Southern California – I’m still not sure where they were driving me) where the Batmobile was being built.

And, through it all, it always came back to storytelling. Whether I’m writing about ergonomic chairs or Wyland’s “whale walls,” it’s always storytelling to me. If you reach into the heart of a story – deep down, to the person who is feeling or experiencing or doing – that universal experience is always going to resonate with people.

During all this storytelling, however, I was growing my own little cast of characters, and I eventually left my newspaper job to be a stay-at-home mom to my three kids. But that didn’t stop me from writing. I was smitten. I kept freelancing (often writing articles at the playground, or dragging my kids along to review a local park or bakery – they loved being mini-reporters). And somewhere along the line, I decided to go back to writing fiction, too. Storytelling at its purest. Being an English major, I of course had the Great American Novel in my underwear drawer. But I decided this time I’d write romance novels. Why romance novels specifically? I tell that decision here.

I’m now eight years into my new romance-writing career and playing amateur matchmaker for a bunch of characters. My debut novel, THE RED BIKINI, comes out in July 2014 from Berkley-Penguin, and a second book in the “Sandy Cove” series will come out in March 2015. For more info about the books, visit me at my official website: www.laurenchristopherauthor.com.

Meanwhile, I write, edit, tweet and handle social media for a women’s health and wellness site, Lifescript.com. And, of course, keep my own blog here about writing … or my kids … or about my own hero, Superman … or his choice to wear the-over-40-crowd black socks… or whatever crazy thing moves me that day.

So come along with me – and join in my random conversations about being a mom, a wife and a writer.

Because storytelling is all around us. And I love to hear stories as much as I like to write them.

16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Fantastic blog. Brings to mind great memories, traditions. You actually got a smile from me today.

  2. Amateur matchmaker?? This is news to me! Can you work telepathically and/or long distance (300+ miles)? I could seriously use the help. 🙂

  3. Hmmm … long distance match-making, huh? Let’s see, what’s on order — tall, dark and handsome? For you, Pam, we need someone with a wicked sense of humor and the ability to carry on intelligent conversation, too! I’ll work on it, darlin’. …

  4. You sound like a person who has it together. What’s your secret? I too am a aspiring writer, how’s it going?

  5. Hey, Carrie — I’ll have to explain that further someday! It was easier in the earlier days! Definitely harder as we get older and you have to “catch” people between relationships/divorces. But I’ll keep my eye out for you! Like Pam, you need someone with an excellent wit and intelligent conversation! : )

  6. Thanks, denisebump. What a kind thing to say! I do my best, as we all do! ; ) Another aspiring writer? Welcome aboard! I keep my “Currently Writing” page to keep track of what I’m working on. Please, please, jump in any time and tell me what you’re writing — I love to hear from other writers! That way we can whine together about how hard queries, characterization, POV and synopses are… : )

  7. Great to meet you, Laurie. Sounds as if you have a very full and fulfilling life. Thank you for making LitChat a part of it.

  8. Hi Laurie,

    Pretty nice blog you have. Keep on writing and blogging and hope someday you’ll be a romance author.

    Thanks,
    Gregory
    myxbooks.wordpress.com

  9. Hi there. I just found your blog while surfing the net tonight. …and while I’m reading “about you”, I see you mention a Mrs Rubino who was your K teacher. Would that happen to be in Medford, OR? The school my granddaughter attends has a Mrs. Rubino who is a K teacher. My granddaughter almost got in her class, but it was full and they had to add another K teacher. I’ve heard great things about the Mrs. Rubino here in Oregon..if it’s the same one..no wonder you turned out great! 🙂

  10. Hi, Jenn R! Thank you for your kind words! The Mrs. Rubino I had was in Huntington Beach, California, and I had her 38 years ago! So the odds are pretty slim, but you never know. …

    Thanks for finding my blog, and please come back and join the comments often!

  11. Enjoyed comments in News chat this evening. Nice blog. I like those who write.

    My nephew was part of the crew which built the Batmobile: said it was so heavy that it could go only about 100 feet but that was all they needed for the films.

  12. Hi, dgbieri! Welcome! And thanks for the compliment. I wonder which Batmobile your nephew built, and if he was part of this same crew I interviewed??? There were a few Batmobiles — one for each movie — so it might have been the same one or different. (The group I interviewed also built Robin’s motorcycle.) Fun to hear about, isn’t it?

    Glad you found my blog, and hope you’ll come back often!

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