Laura Hesse


"Any obstacle can be overcome," says Vancouver Island author, Laura Hesse.

"It's all about attitude and never, ever, giving up. Not every story is broadcast on the evening news. Most heroes are every-day people. That is who I write about. That is what thrills me. The result was the creation of the Hannah Storey and Johnny Joe characters in One Frosty Christmas, June Stetler in the teen/adult adventure, Two Independents, and Sgt Betty Bruce in Gumboots, Gumshoes & Murder."

Laura branched into screenwriting several years ago and placed in the semi and quarter finals with One Frosty Christmas and A Filly Called Easter in the prestigious Page Awards. They are now optioned to Select Services Films.

"I knew I hit the mark though when several mainstream publishers who first looked at One Frosty Christmas told me it was a lovely little story that would never sell. The first print run of 500 sold out in 3 days, the second print run of 1,000 sold out in two months, and the third print run of 5,000 sold out shortly thereafter...and that was just from word-of-mouth and a lot of miles on my truck. In 2009, I discovered e-books and Frosty soared to the top 50 in YA children's Christmas book sales and A Filly Called Easter ranked 5th in Easter books on Amazon."

Smashwords Interview

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I read were the Black Stallion Series, King of the Wind, and Pit Pony.

My mother told me that by the time I was three, I was asking Santa to drop a pony down the chimney so it followed that the first books I read were about horses. King of the Wind was my favorite. I pictured myself racing across the desert on a glistening stallion each and every night for weeks. In the real world, I set up a fan to blow wind in my face and urged my trusty stuffed bronco across the living room floor. Together, my bronco and I conquered the world.

All of these books made me dream, and dream BIG!

Later, I got hooked on detective stories and adventures such as Ice Station Zebra and the Three Musketeers series. This was thanks to my dad pushing me to expand my horizons. I am grateful every day for that experience and his patience when we combed the bookstores in England for more and more Dumas out-of-print novels.
How do you approach cover design?
My pet peeve is covers that don't match the story. I design my own covers and am lucky to be able to do so. I have a graphic arts background and find that once I have finished the final editing process, some paragraph or image in the story usually sticks in my mind and I embrace that image through-out the design process.
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Where to find Laura Hesse online

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The Write Track with Laura Hesse
An interview at the farm with Laura Hesse and her four-legged pals Pumpkin Sally, Shilo, Piper, Willow and Cloud. Meet the horse affectionately known as Pumpkin Sally and learn where Laura got her ideas for The Holiday Series of Young Adult and Teen novels.


The Holiday Series (The Complete River Bend Trilogy)
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 100,210. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
The River Bend Trilogy of YA Novels includes the first three novels in the Holiday Series of equine stories revolving around the characters in River Bend. In chronological order, they are: One Frosty Christmas, The Great Pumpkin Ride, and A Filly Called Easter. These novels are inspirational and action-packed Walt Disney/christian themed novels in the vein of Black Beauty and The Black Stallion.
The Thin Line of Reason
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 77,330. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2011. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
When the beautiful Sarah Lancaster sees a ghost from her past walk into her neighborhood gym, she unwittingly triggers a deadly game of cat and mouse with a killer. Who is the real killer? The man who wears a dead man's face, the ghost in the shadows, or the man you trust with your life? In "The Thin Line of Reason", everyone wears a mask.
Two Independents
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,460. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
A rogue wolf, a love-struck cowboy, and a cattle drive are only a few of the problems faced by fifteen year-old Susie Stetler after she is sent to spend the summer in the mountains with her estranged grandmother and eight year-old stepbrother. Susie would rather be riding the waves in California, but everything changes, when the temperature starts to rise.
One Frosty Christmas
Series: The Holiday, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,110. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
"Horse tale tugs at heart strings. It's a charming well-written story that every horse lover will adore!" The Star. "The story is strong. The prayers are tender. Great book!" Writer's Digest. A heartwarming Christmas classic about a handicapped girl's and a Metis' boy's struggle against prejudice in a small rural town and to save an old mustang from freezing to death.
Gumboots, Gumshoes and Murder
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,940. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
When Sgt Betty Bruce and her pot-bellied pig, Gertrude, discover widow Eliza Bone floating upside down in her fish tank, the one clue left at the scene is a set of muddy gumboot prints. Their problem: everyone on Seal Island wears gumboots. It's Murder She Wrote meets Fargo in this Agatha Christie style of murder/mystery series with a distinctly west coast flavor.
A Filly Called Easter
Series: The Holiday, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,260. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
When Linda McCloud talks her father into buying the beautiful and very pregnant palomino filly called Easter at the local livestock auction, Doc Martin quickly becomes a regular visitor to the McCloud family farm. When Mother Nature unleashes her fury, it's up to Linda and her friends to save Easter and the unborn foal. Hope comes in the form of an unlikely ally. (loosely based on true story)
The Great Pumpkin Ride
Series: The Holiday, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,450. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Children’s books » Animals
If you camped out at a haunted cabin in the woods on Halloween night, would you leave your horse saddled? Everyone knows that ghosts walk the trail to Pumpkin Alley during The Great Pumpkin Ride. When a group of teens decide to camp out at an old trapper's cabin afterwards, none of them are prepared for what happens next.

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