Laura O'Connell

Biography

Laura has lived throughout Australia and in the USA and has a passion for creating stories in places where she has lived and travelled. When she isn’t seeking her next adventure, she enjoys hanging out in her creative world with her characters encouraging them through their life challenges ensuring they get their second chance and happy-ever-after ending. Laura has had many second chance situations of her own and she expects there will be many more. With her son living overseas she looks forward to escaping for a new adventure whenever she can, but always returns home to the Gold Coast to write and be with friends.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My early years were spent in the country on farms in south east Queensland where my father worked following the seasons. After he passed, we moved to the banks of the Noosa River at Tewantin and later Noosaville. After my mother passed I moved to Gympie to live with an older sister. Tewantin and Noosaville were safe places for me to run wild in nature and pretend I was a bird on dry land or a dolphin when I swam in the river. I wasn't afraid of anything until I went to live in Gympie where there were a lot of hills. The hills made me feel trapped, so I never really felt settled in Gympie. As a young adult I moved to Brisbane and from there I travelled throughout Australia and had the opportunity to live overseas.

I lost my parents at a young age. All my books have an orphan in them. Orphans struggle with their sense of belonging. The parents aren't there to guide you. Even though my older sister and her husband raised me, I always felt where I lived was temporary. I still feel that way. I am trying to put down roots, but it's not that easy. Perhaps I'm just a born wanderer going wherever the wind takes me. I'm okay with that.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in my thirties after a scuba diving holiday on Tryon Island off the coast from Gladstone in Queensland. I had just come up from a fabulous dive. Brilliant coloured fish, and many varieties of coral left me speechless. The beauty compelled me to meditate on what I'd seen. After the dive I spent some time on my own away from the rest of the group. In fact, on the other side of the island. In quiet reflection a loud voice inside my head said I would write books. I looked around everywhere thinking there must have been someone behind me. There wasn't!

I went back to the camp site and immediately pulled out my pen and paper. My words were clumsy and I felt self-conscious. I persevered and after five rejected books, I got my first one published.
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Books

Kate's Choice
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 77,990. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Kate believes life is all about making choices. All she ever wanted was a loving husband who comes home every night, a family, and time to paint. When she gets her much desired wish, Dusty is broken physically, mentally and spiritually. She dreams of a life that might have been. Fate steps in. Can she trust herself to make the right choice for the sake of her husband and her family?
Web Of Lies
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 58,890. Language: Australian English. Published: July 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » General, Fiction » Romance » General
Stephanie’s family thought she was too young to care for her son. She thought he was adopted but they put him into his aunt’s care. Eight years later, Stephanie has the opportunity to take him back, but lies have been told. She wants to love Lachlan, Ryan's father. How can she when he's now a stranger and she has her own secrets? Will they find the happy future they so desperately want with Ryan?
African Hearts
Price: $4.95 USD. Words: 77,000. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Christian » Romance, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
A romance that touches the heart with its poignant tale of fresh starts, past wounds and second chances.

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