Laurel A. Rockefeller


Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, author-historian Laurel A. Rockefeller has published over twenty book titles since August 2012. Best known for the Legendary Women of World History biography Series, she is a tireless history educator and advocate for social justice.

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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.
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Science Study Guide for Preparing For My First Cockatiel
Price: Free! Words: 310. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Birds, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Science & Nature / Zoology
Get your children and students interested in science early with this short and simple study guide derived from chapter one of "Preparing for My First Cockatiel" (sold separately). Using full colour photos and thought provoking questions, this guide fits in perfectly with science lessons for your grade K-5 classroom or home school.
Boudicca: A Play in Three Acts
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,240. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2015. Categories: Plays » Ancient & Classical, Fiction » Children’s books » Performing Arts / Theater
As the western world fell to Rome's mighty legions, one woman dared fight for English liberty. Adapted from the creative non-fiction biography "Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni," Boudicca tells the story of Celtic Britain's greatest and most legendary ruler in a format accessible to readers of all ages and productions of all budgets.
Catherine de Valois: A Play in Three Acts
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,420. Language: British English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Plays » Medieval, Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
War made her queen of England. Her love for a Welshman made her immortal. Adapted from the creative non-fiction biography of the same name, Catherine de Valois tells the story of one of the 15th century's most fascinating queens, taking audiences beyond Henry V and Agincourt to discover the real woman you thought you knew from Shakespeare's "Henry V."
Mary Queen of the Scots
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,200. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » History » Biography
Queen Mary Stuart was one of the most beloved & controversial women in Scottish history. The granddaughter of King James IV & his wife Margaret Tudor, Queen Mary's status as heiress-apparent to Queen Elizabeth's throne paired with the violence of the Scottish Reformation set the stage for one of the most dramatic & poorly understood lives of the 16th century in this beautifully crafted biography.
The Legacy of Princess Anlei
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 190,390. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Legacy of Princess Anlei comes alive in this special trilogy edition volume. Begin with the Great Succession Crisis, the romantic coming-of-age story of Princess Anlei. Then solve the mystery of The Ghosts of the Past as planet Beinan falls to unseen terrorists. Finally join the fight for freedom as Princess Anyu Returns to Beinan to battle Lord Yelu.
Preparing For My First Cockatiel
Series: My First Cockatiel. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,990. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Birds, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
Preparing for My First Cockatiel is a guide book for you and your children to help you know what it takes to get ready for bringing home your very first cockatiel. Unlike most books about cockatiels out there, this one doesn't try to cover everything, but stays focused on what you need to be ready for your new life with your bird. Photos; personal stories; fun book for anyone who loves animals!
The Peers of Beinan: The Complete Series
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 210,170. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Dune Meets Middle Earth Grounded in two thousand years of British history, historian Laurel A. Rockefeller brings the past and the future together in this complete science fiction epic you’ll want to read time and time again.
Princess Anyu Returns
Series: The Peers of Beinan, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,240. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The yen-ar is BE 6961. Princess Anyu flees planet Beinan for the remote and hostile planet D425E25 Tertius, a bilast-filled world from which no Beinarian has ever returned alive. As Lord Yelu declares the Great Revolution Era, Princess Anyu fights more than just the toxic atmosphere as she discovers her exile was less of a secret than she was led to believe.
The Poisoned Ground
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,360. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
The yen-ar is BE 5543. A call rings out from the newly built Central Nan-li Healing Centre in Xi-Nan Fang to its founder, Lady Abbess Cara of house Ten-Ar. PLAGUE! Lady Abbess Cara investigates. But finding the answers and helping the sick is not easy, not when the Beinarian political machine gets involved, putting the life and liberty of the noble abbess in jeopardy.
A New Start in the Niobrara for Mr. and Mrs. O'Malley
Series: American Stories, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 710. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / United States / 19th Century, Fiction » Children’s books » Short Stories
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
Series: The Peers of Beinan, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,780. Language: American English. Published: July 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, 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
Series: The Peers of Beinan, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 540. Language: American English. Published: June 28, 2014. Categories: 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
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,920. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » History » European
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. Tacitus meets modern archaeology in this exciting non-fiction tale!
Catherine de Valois
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 11,440. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Best known as Henry V's Agincourt bride from Shakespeare's "Henry V," Catherine was an extraordinary woman. A younger daughter to King Charles VI of France terrorized by his mental illness, Catherine survived the ravages of his schizophrenia, a civil war at home, and King Henry's war with France to become one of England's most fascinating and courageous queens.
The Lost Tales
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 49,500. Language: American English. Published: May 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Anthologies » General
Deleted and forgotten stories, songs, and tales from the Legacy of Princess Anlei Trilogy: 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
Series: The Peers of Beinan, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,530. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome
The yen-ar is BE 6325. Unseen forces conspire to destroy the Gurun dynasty. When the Great Council refuses to overturn the ancient law forbidding daughters from inheriting from their mothers, young Princess Anlei is forced to choose between the love of her heart and the love of her people in this beautiful futuristic coming-of-age romance grounded in the life of Mary Queen of Scots.
The Complete Data Files
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,690. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The data files from all three Legacy of Princess Anlei books plus comprehensive data spanning the entire Peers of Beinan series is collected into a single, easy-to-use reference volume. Fully integrated glossary puts information at your fingertips. Expanded timeline includes all of known Beinarian history. A must-have guide to the Peers of Beinan Series.
The Ghosts of the Past
Series: The Peers of Beinan, 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 82,540. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Mysterious paranormal forces are at work as the ghosts of the past pursue their bloodthirsty quest for revenge against the descendants of Princess Anlei and her allies. The lives of billions hang in the balance in this exciting middle chapter to the Legacy of Princess Anlei Trilogy.

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