Laura Heffernan is the award-winning author of fun witty romcom and women's fiction that touches on some of society's most important issues. When not watching total strangers get married, drag racing queens, or cooking competitions, Laura enjoys travel, baking, board games, and new experiences. She lives in the northeast with her husband and two furry little beasts.
Some of Laura’s favorite things include goat cheese, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, the Oxford comma, and ice cream. Not all together. The best place to find her is usually on Twitter, where she spends far too much time tweeting about writing, Canadian chocolate, board games and reality TV.
What's the story behind your latest book?
When I was in college, I worked with a transwoman named Didi. She was the first trans person I ever met. She was also in the process of transitioning, and very open about her experience. Didi was married with kids when she admitted to herself that she was trans, and she and her wife stayed together. To 20-year-old me, that said a lot about the nature and power of love.
Fast forward a couple of decades, when Post Secret became popular. One secret in particular caught people's attention (at one point, they were planning a movie about it). It said simply, "Everyone I knew before 9/11 thinks I'm dead." That got me thinking. Then, when Lela Alcorn posted her suicide note online, it struck a chord in me. I thought more about what drives people to make choices, and then something reminded me of Didi. Everything clicked into place, and Finding Tranquility was born.
This isn't a story about transitions or what it's like to be a trans woman. It's a story about the nature and power of love. It's a story written for people who helped me to reexamine my internalized biases, and for that I am grateful. I hope the book speaks to you as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do! I'm not sure "story" is the right term as it was rather autobiographical. When I was five years old, my family got their first computer. I wrote about the youngest girl in a family of 7 who got up on a Saturday morning, typed on the computer, and watched her mom make breakfast.
Aly’s ecstatic to be spending the holidays with her entire family this year. If only there weren’t that pesky dead guy in her brother's bedroom. They thought that spell went well, but magic comes with a price, and this one’s a doozy. Somehow, a man is dead. Can Aly use her powers to find out what happened before Kevin gets arrested?
Mystic Pieces: Science major Aly has no time for psychic visions. But when her boss is accused of murder, she must use her gifts to find a killer. The Scry’s the Limit: Aly's getting the hang of her powers when her favorite professor’s dies. How will Aly find the culprit before they find her? Sight Seering: Someone killed Mrs. Peabody to steal a fortune. Can Aly get the evidence in time?
After nearly a year of investigating, finally Aly and her friends are ready to catch her sister-in-law’s killer. Unfortunately, police think Aly murdered Tony the Baker, which puts a crimp in her plans. She’s got to clear her name before Katrina’s killer finds her. Don’t miss the unbelievable conclusion of the Reynolds mystery.
Just when Aly finally identified her sister-in-law’s killer, they got away—and they're not alone. To make matters worse, someone powerful has cursed the residents of Shady Grove. Aly’s powers vanish. Without her psychic gifts, how will Aly find Katrina’s killer and save the pet store?
Aly's just starting to get the hang of her psychic gifts when her favorite professor is murdered. With several people apparently benefitting from her death, how will Aly find the real culprit before they find her?
Aly doesn’t believe in psychics. Too bad she just had her first vision.
Her first instinct is flat-out denial. After all, science and magic don't mix. But when a man is murdered, Aly realizes that she may be able to use her strange new "gifts" to find the culprit. If she can avoid getting herself killed in the process.
Lila's adjusted to married life pretty well, but now she must face her strongest challenge yet: meeting her mother-in-law, who is also the Queen. As soon as she and Pierre land in Corchenne, her life is a whirlwind of royal tutors and events and being in the spotlight. It's a lot to juggle even before Lila's con artist brother shows up. Can Lila stop him from taking advantage of her new status?
Lila's got a huge crush on her friend Pierre. To him, she'll always be the girl next door. When he proposes a green card marriage, it sounds like a dream come true. Once they're married, he'll have no choice but to start falling in love with her, right?
Jen went on a reality show hoping to win the $250,000 grand prize. She never dreamed she'd fall in love. Or that she'd be back for more shows.
Lights, Camera, Attraction contains all three books of the Reality Star series: America's Next Reality Star, Sweet Reality, and Reality Wedding.
When a competitor threatens to put Jen's new bakery out of business before it even opens, she goes on reality TV cruise to get the boost she needs. Will she be able to survive a second show with her business and her relationship intact?
Desperate for money, Jen competes for a $250,000 prize on reality TV. When she meets Justin, she starts to wonder what the real prize is. But is their connection real — or is he only interested when the cameras are on?
A delightfully modern twist on My Fair Lady: When a promotional video for her pole-dancing classes goes viral, Mel comes under fire from a local politician running for senate. Desperate to save her studio, Mel decides her only option is to launch her own campaign — and win!
When Anna's ex-boyfriend takes her private photographs and plasters the internet with them, she doesn't know what to do. But after Eric's vengeance costs Anna her job and new partner, she vows to make him pay.
Revenge is a dish best served via subpoena.
Christa Cooper finds the courage to transition after she nearly loses her life on September 11. Eighteen years later, she’s confronted by the wife she left behind. Can they find a future together, despite the past?