Laurel A. Rockefeller

Biography

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, Laurel A. Rockefeller is an amateur scientist and amateur historian known for her lavish world building in her Peers of Beinan science fiction series and her meticulous research across all three book series: the Peers of Beinan, the Legendary Women of World History, and American Stories.

Laurel is the first novelist to index paperback books using QR technology for smartphones, enabling a truly interactive paperback book reading experience.

Laurel's books are all available in a broad range of digital formats at major retailers including the Kindle store, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and the ibookstore with more limited offerings in paperback, QR interactive paperback, and large print editions.

Gifted British actor and voice actor Richard Mann (http://www.voiceovermann.com/) narrates Laurel's audio book editions, beginning with "Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni."

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, about one mile from Hyde Observatory, one of the very few public astronomical observatories in the United States. At Hyde, I first learned about the stars and the greater universe. When Star Wars came out in 1977, my interest in astronomy only increased, cumulating in my University of Nebraska astronomy courses as part of my general education requirements. As you might expect, knowing about physics and astronomy is critical to any serious science fiction writing endeavor.

So I must credit Lincoln and the fine science education I received there for providing the foundation for the world building in my books. Without science, I could not write science fiction.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Great question which really comprises two components: becoming an author and publishing independently.

For me, there was never "becoming" an author so much as embracing my talent and giving myself permission to be the person I always wanted to be. For women, especially women who love science as much as I do, this is the most difficult initial hurdle to overcome. All my life I was told not to try, that writing would never make me a living, and to go do x,y,z instead. And of course, I was picked on for being good at science and thinking physics is fun.

My talent, of course, could care less what the naysayers said or what role was allegedly pre-defined for me as a woman. As a teen I wrote fan fiction novels. In my 20s and 30s I shifted my focus to non-fiction, research-centric articles, mostly for regional newsletters that offered me exposure, but no pay.

Finally in 2011, I dared to throw aside all the naysayers and begin work on my first novel, "The Great Succession Crisis."

In August, 2012 I learned about SmashWords. Then and only then did I decide to become an "independent author." Given the difficulties in obtaining contracts with the Big Three publishing houses, independent publication through SmashWords, CreateSpace, and Amazon made sense.

To these I am grateful. Now I can finally pursue the talent that was always there.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Laurel A. Rockefeller online


Where to buy in print


Books

The Poisoned Ground
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Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: Free! Words: 12,160. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Tyranny and plague! When a sudden plague of mysterious cancers strikes the southwestern city of Nan-li, it falls to Lady Abbess Cara of house Ten-Ar to investigate, entangling her in a royal trap that may cost her life. A Peers of Beinan Series novella. Interactive: click on hypertext links to discover more about planet Beinan and Beinarian society.
A New Start in the Niobrara for Mr. and Mrs. O'Malley
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Series: American Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 790. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 19th Century
(4.00 from 1 review)
Darcy and Brigit O'Malley always wanted a new start for themselves. Hearing that things in the Niobrara Valley of northeast Nebraska offered them opportunities denied them in County Mayo, they eagerly board the train bound for the new town of Randolph Nebraska with hopes and dreams in their hearts.
Good-bye A672E92 Quintus
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Series: The Peers of Beinan, 4.2x. Price: Free! Words: 7,590. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
Planet A672E92 Quintus is falling apart as their sun starts to go nova. As blood feuds continue to rage, blocking all efforts to evacuate, it falls to two unlikely delegates from houses Balister and Miyoo to end the wars threatening planetary evacuation, to take the people to the stars and their new home.
The First King
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Series: The Peers of Beinan, 4.1x. Price: Free! Words: 540. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
This story of the elevation of Lord Malvyn to king is one of the oldest stories remembered by Beinarian history. Malvyn’s bow became known as “the Bow of Balister,” a legendary weapon whose fate remains unknown. A Peers of Beinan short story. Book-ended by "Good-bye A672E92 Quintus"
Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni
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Series: The Legendary Women of World History, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,980. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / European
(5.00 from 1 review)
Why is The Morrígan's raven crying? Only Britons with hearts for true liberty know! In 43 CE Roman conquest of Britannia seems all but certain -- until a chance meeting between King Prasutagus of the Iceni and a runaway slave of royal decent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever. For children, teens, and adults.
Catherine de Valois
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Series: The Legendary Women of World History, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,590. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2014. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / European
(5.00 from 1 review)
In 1401, Catherine de Valois seemed like just another daughter to King Charles VI of France and his wife, Queen Isabeau of Bavaria, doomed to live forever in obscurity. That is until she became the excuse King Henry V of England needed in order to declare war with France. Based on primary source accounts supplemented by research from the BBC. Includes detailed timeline and bibliography.
The Lost Tales of the Anlei's Legacy Trilogy
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Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,240. Language: American English. Published: May 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Deleted and forgotten stories, songs, and tales from the Anlei's Legacy Trilogy, books one through three of the Peers of Beinan series: The Great Succession Crisis, the Ghosts of the Past, and Princess Anyu Returns. Presented uncut and unedited in their original forms, these stories not only entertain, but offer a unique window into the world building process.
The Great Succession Crisis (Extended Edition)
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Series: The Peers of Beinan, 1x. Price: Free! Words: 82,850. Language: American English. Published: April 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
Power play! Young Princess Anlei struggles to navigate the dangerous world of adult politics in this romantic coming-of-age medieval political sci-fi adventure. Interactive: hypertext linked to multi-media content. For teens and adults Clean romantic adventure -- no explicit sex or violence.
The Ghosts of the Past
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Series: The Peers of Beinan, 2. Price: Free! Words: 87,830. Language: American English. Published: March 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
Terror on Beinan! Three generations after The Great Succession Crisis, terror ravages Beinarian cities as healing centers planet-wide fall to unseen assailants. Crippled and haunted by loss is Lord Knight Elendir. Now it is a race against time to save the people he loves most before all hope is gone forever and Beinan falls to the blood thirsty monster his own failings helped create.

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