About Laura – Life is An Adventure

I’ve loved reading ever since I opened the first book I was given in my first year of school. My life changed in my thirties with an epiphany when I was camping and scuba diving on a remote island off the coast of Queensland.

“I’m tired of management accounting. I wonder if I can write books.” It was a scary thought. What was I thinking?

I thought writing was an indulgent activity, and I ignored the calling for two years until my husband and I holidayed at Tryon Island again. The thought hit me so hard I could hardly breathe. I ran back to our campsite and picked up pen and paper and started writing a few words. Clumsy, descriptive, random words that just came out of my head and insisted they be put on paper. I entered a place in my mind I’d never been to before, a place that made me forget all conscious thought. That place was my writing zone.

I quit my job and started writing articles and a how to book. They all got published. Maybe I could write afterall.

My first novel was a romance set, you guessed it, on a remote tropical island. My next work was a science fiction novel about a civilisation that lived under the Great Barrier Reef, and my third a contemporary young adult novel. None of these books were published but they were a great beginning to my writing career to give me the confidence to write, learn my craft and know that I could handle a large project. Money was tight so I went back to management accounting, this time my own business. Owning my own business had always been a dream of mine. After five years I suffered a severe stress attack and had to sell the business.

I took several months to meditate on where my life was going. If I was to be a full-time author, I had to write from the heart.

Through the meditation I learned who I was. I ventured deep into myself to deal with my disappointments and joys.

I write to entertain you, and take you on an adventure with my characters. I write about second chances. We’ve all made mistakes, and we all wish for a chance to make amends and move on. Sometimes the journey is exciting and sometimes it’s painful, but it’s life and life makes us who we are.

I love the natural world and hope always to put facets into my work. I’m also fascinated by how people fit into the world and how each of us live with the chaos of modern life.

By the time you reach the end of each book, I hope I’ve touched some small part of you that lifts you to a new awareness of yourself, to let you know you never walk alone, that others have experienced something similar to you.

My wish for you, dear reader is to dare you to be adventurous, and to help you build and fulfill your dreams.

Thank you for adventuring with me.

I love hearing about my readers’ journeys. You are welcome to leave a message on my contacts page or any of my blogs if you feel led to do so. Thank you for the gift of your time.

7 Responses to “About Laura – Life is An Adventure”

  1. Cara Bolth says:

    Hey, just read through most of your site and it’s really well done. I still find it really good to hear about the journey of other writers, how they started and got to where they are now. It’s very inspiring, and helpful.

    Thanks :)

  2. Charles says:

    Loved reading your Bio, Laura. Some similarity there with my life as a writer, going from numerate (computer programming) to literate in a career change. I wish you all success in launching your new book “African Hearts” (another resonance, as I was born there), and with your great travel experience. I’ll be looking out for your book in April. Perhaps we can exchange books when you pass through Melbourne or Mornington.

  3. Laura says:

    Thanks, Charles, we’ll be in Melbourne from 18th December. Hopefully, we could meet somewhere.

  4. Josephine McCann says:

    The timely arrival today, of your article via International Christian Fiction Writers was uncanny. However enough about that. The theme of which you wrote is central to my own ‘work-in-progress’ a topic which has intrigued me since I was barely 7years. My interest was further fueled by Margaret Humpheries book ‘Empty Cradle’, published in UK but having a large input from Australia. A BBC documentary was also made of the topic of adoptions.
    Only yesterday I was gathering my notes to take with me as I head to Sydney for 5 weeks to visit with my adult children. Balmain suburb there restarted my scribbling a few years ago. It must be the Aussie air.

    Best of success with Web of Lies.

    Jaymac (J. McCann)

  5. Laura says:

    Hello Josephine, Thanks so much for leaving a message. It is uncanny that you are addressing the same theme in your writing. I have been working on this project for nearly twenty years while working full-time and home schooling. It was a difficult book to write and I had many false starts and I wondered if it was ever meant to be. It is with much relief that it is now out in the world. Enjoy your time in Sydney and I hope your passion for your story will be fuelled while you are here in Australia. Thanks for your good wishes.

    Blessings,
    Laura

  6. Laura O'Connell says:

    Hello, as you can see my name is Laura O’Connell too which is how I happened upon your site whilst seeing if anyone had the domain name. I was looking to start a blog as a way to get my first book out there. I am 33 and have just written (well 3/4 way through) my first book.I read your bio and it was like reading my own story right now. I have been travelling twice and recently returned from a year of it and had such an overwhelming urge to start writing, that I am 70,000 words into a book I feel has written itself. I am a Police Officer….I write only fact in my ‘real life’ (or people’s interpretation given to me as fact) so I suppose I write for the freedom it brings my mind and for escapism from the ugly parts of humanity I see every day. Anyway, I am leaving this message to say ‘Hello’ and after reading your bio maybe it isn’t too late for me to start a writing career…it’s just you got to the domain name first!;0)Laura

  7. Laura says:

    Hi Laura,

    Lovely to hear from you. Well, what can I say about the domain name… However, I like the fact that you are 70,000 words into your first novel. Sometimes the writing gets tough, but do keep working through the difficult times. You will get there. All the best with finding a publisher. :)

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