About the Author

Laurie Norlander, Author

Laurie Norlander, Author

I am an author, Christian, wife, mother of two, and grandmother of three. I’ve always loved words. As a kid, I kept a journal and read every Walter Farley book in the library several times. I wrote my first novel on a manual typewriter when I was 19 years old, but it wasn’t until my youngest son was deployed to Iraq in 2003 that I began to write seriously. Whenever I woke up in the middle of the night worrying about him, I’d get up and write–sometimes for hours. The result was a long, rambling manuscript called Stir the Waters which eventually began to gather dust under the bed.  I was clueless when it came to self-editing.

My second effort was more focused. In three months, I wrote Narrow Minded and submitted it to the 2008 Christian Writers Guild Operation First Novel contest. I was thrilled to be named a semi-finalist but realized I needed to hone my skills. I enrolled in the CWG Craftsman course and started a new project. For the next year, I was mentored and encouraged by an amazing Christy Award winning author. I am forever grateful for her guidance and support. The end result was my latest novel, Mirror Images, which won the grand prize in the 2012 Women of Faith writing contest.

I love to write. It lets me be creative. More importantly, it focuses my heart on what is truly important. My desire is to produce relevent, well-written fiction from a Christian worldview. By offering compelling storylines, layered plots, and multi-faceted characters, I believe my efforts will resonate with both Christian and secular readers. I hope you’ll join me on this journey.