"... a vibrant new voice in contemporary fiction, intelligent and funny." -- Michael Palmer, New York Times bestselling author
"... writes confidently, with plenty of attitude and humor -- but her distinctive voice is enriched by a loving hand that gives her story unexpected depth. She makes you care deeply about her characters and the conflicting currents of their flawed lives." -- Katy Munger, author of the Casey Jones series
"... a character study of considerable style and merit. A fine little book teeming with its own small but important truths." -- Ed Gorman, author of the Sam McCain series
A writer since she was able to hold a crayon, Laura Garner finally got around to publishing her first novel, "Ain't Nobody's Bizness," in 2002. She followed up quickly with a sequel, "I Ain't Superstitious" (2004), then got distracted by shiny things for a while. She's thrilled to be back in print with "Ball & Chain."
Laura earned undergraduate degrees in theater (playwriting) and music (vocal performance), then received her MA in professional writing in 2005. She lives with her husband and their rotund tortie, Jazzbo Brown on Cape Cod, where she is active as a director and performer in local theater.
Who are your favorite authors?
Agh, so many great ones! Current favorites are Kate Morton, Tana French, and Paul Tremblay. I'm also a fan of classic literature, like Edith Wharton, Henry James, and Charlotte Bronte.
What's the story behind your latest book?
In "Ball & Chain," Max, an atheist PI, is hired to find a missing woman who wants to be a nun. I'd say the overarching themes are loss and hope; the book features characters with different kinds of faith, from Catholic mysticism to none at all. I'm fascinated by what people believe and why. I'm a Christian myself, but think it's important to ask questions and even more important to listen.