Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty-five books published and self-published since August, 2012 with editions spanning across ten languages and counting. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel's books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favourites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Babylon 5.
Laurel proudly supports Health in Harmony, The Arbor Day Foundation, and other charities working to protect and re-plant forests globally.
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.
Discover ancient Egypt, the Roman Republic, and the lives of three of the most celebrated giants in ancient history in this fun and engaging puzzle book based on "Cleopatra VII: Egypt's Last Pharaoh" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Enjoy matching, word search, crossword, word scramble, and logic puzzles while you explore the past. From epic battles to Egyptian gods, there's something for everyone.
Explore the late Roman Empire, Alexandrian Egypt, and classical Greek philosophy and astronomy in this puzzle book featuring matching, word search, double puzzles, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Hypatia of Alexandria" by Laurel A. Rockefeller.
Includes an excerpt from the book and a study guide for students.
Explore French history and the glorious reign of Louis XIII in this puzzle book based on "His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu" by biographical historian Laurel A. Rockefeller. Solve crossword puzzles, word searches, matching, and double puzzle word scrambles with secret messages while you learn about one of the most influential men in modern history.
Explore the Norman Conquest, the high middle ages, and the Angevin dynasty in this puzzle book featuring matching, word search, double puzzles, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Empress Matilda of England" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Includes an excerpt from the book.
Explore medieval Wales and your Welsh heritage while you solve story, word matching, word search, word scramble, and crossword puzzles. Based on "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth" by Laurel A. Rockefeller. Includes answer key and an excerpt from the biography.
Priest. Lover. Statesman.
Cardinal Armand-Jean du Plessis, duc de Richelieu is one of the most famous -- or infamous politicians of all time. Made a villain in the popular Dumas novel, "The Three Musketeers," the real man was a dedicated public servant loyal to king and country. A man of logic and reason, he transformed how we think about nations and nationality.
Cleopatra was the last of the Greco-Egyptian Ptolemaic dynasty. She was also the only descendant of Ptolemy to speak Egyptian. More than Caesar's lover. More than Egypt's most famous queen, she was a woman of courage, compassion, and vision who loved Egypt more than any other Greek before or since ever could. Includes a detailed timeline, bibliography, and a special Easter egg for Doctor Who fans.
The fascinating and inspiring stories of three of the ancient world's most famous heroice women come together in one volume. Begin the journey with "Cleopatra VII: Egypt's Last Pharaoh." Then discover Roman Britain with "Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni." Finally, defend the light with "Hypatia of Alexandria."
Three heroic women. One boxed set you won't be able to put down!
1211 CE. As Chinggis Khan rolls out his conquest of his neighbours, a low ranking officer named Mongke Nichan uses the war to find the soul who loves him best.
But finding his twin flame and convincing her are two completely different matters in this wartime romance that takes you into the very heart of Asian mysticism.
As the western world fell into darkness, she dared defend the light.
For over 40 years Hypatia stood between the dark ages and the light of classical philosophy, arts, and sciences. Though none of her books survived the aggressive book burnings of religious zealots, her legacy remains that of one of the greatest scientists of all time.
This is her fascinating true story.
Lady Abbess Cara finds herself caught up in a royal conspiracy when she journeys to the southern city of Nan-li to investigate a mysterious outbreak of cancers plaguing the city.
As the tyrannical King Gareth uses his power to stop her from finding the truth, Cara finds herself caught between love and her loyalties in this thrilling stage adaptation of the Peers of Beinan novella.
Lady Abbess Cara finds herself caught up in a royal conspiracy when she journeys to the southern city of Nan-li to investigate a mysterious outbreak of cancers plaguing the city.
As the tyrannical King Gareth uses his power to stop her from finding the truth, Cara finds herself caught between love and her loyalties in this dark romantic prequel to "The Ghosts of the Past."
The tragic story of Queen Mary Stuart comes to the stage in this compelling period drama focusing on her life, loves, and reign.
Perfect for community theatre and educational settings. Includes timeline and bibliography. Run time: 60-80 minutes.
The middle ages come to life in this beautiful volume consisting of the stage versions of "Empress Wu Zetian," "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth," and "Empress Matilda of England."
Three medieval queens. One powerful period drama collection to entertain, enlighten, and inspire audiences of all ages. Perfect for educational and community theatre productions.
Adapted from the narrative biography of the same name, this five act drama takes audiences across medieval Christendom to explore the fascinating life of the Angevin dynasty's forgotten princess royal.
The roaring lioness of England!
Born in 1102, Matilda's unique heritage was meant to unify an England still divided by her grandfather's conquest in 1066. When the 1120 White Ship Disaster made her the only surviving child of her parents, Matilda suddenly became heiress to the English throne in a time when the old Saxon Witan, not the king's Will, still decided the succession.
The inspiring true story of Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, princess royal of the northern Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd and princess regnant of the southern Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth comes to life in this beautiful stage drama based on "Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, the Warrior Princess of Deheubarth." Includes new historical material not included in the regular biography.
Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd’s fascinating and tragic true story comes to life in this special bi-lingual Welsh-English edition! Born in 1097 in Aberffraw Castle, Princess Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan’s courage against the Norman Conquest of Wales has inspired generations of Welsh for nearly one thousand years. Perfect for both Welsh and English learners.
Ganwyd Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd ap Cynan yng Nghastell Aberffraw ym 1097, wedi’i thynghedu o’r cychwyn i gyflawni pethau mawr. Newidiodd bywyd Gwenllian am byth yn un ar bymtheg oed, gan iddi ddisgyn mewn cariad â’r Tywysog Gruffydd ap Rhys, etifedd gwarchaeedig Rhys ap Tewdwr o Ddeheubarth. Law yn llaw gilydd, ymladdodd ddau o blaid de Cymru a theyrnasu drosti, yn herio Concwest y Normaniaid.
Born in 1097, Princess Gwenllian's life changed forever when she fell in love with Prince Gruffydd ap Rhys, the beleaguered heir to Rhys ap Tewdur of Deheubarth. Together husband and wife fought for and ruled southern Wales, challenging the Norman Conquest of Wales and proving once and for all the nobility and courage of the Welsh people, a courage that endures across the centuries.
Travel back in time over one thousand years and meet the first and only female emperor of China. Born Wu Zhao and given the reign title "Zetian" just weeks before her death in 705 CE, she was the unwanted daughter of Chancellor Wu Shihuo -- too bright, too educated, and too politically focused to make a good wife according to contemporary interpretations of the Analects of Confucius.
Pam fod cigfran y Modron yn crochlefain? Dim ond Prydeinwyr gyda rhyddid yn eu calon sy’n gwybod!
Yn 43 OC mae Rhufain bron yn sicr o’u concwest dros Brydain – nes i Prasutagus, Brenin yr Iceni, ddigwydd cyfarfod caethforwyn o dras frenhinol llwyth yr Aedui yng Ngâl wedi iddi ddianc oddi wrth ei meistres Rufeinig. Newidiodd y cyfarfod hwn dynged Ynys Prydain am byth.
Stori wir syfrdanol am arwres Prydain yn yr hen oes – ar gael i’w darllen yn Gymraeg a Saesneg mewn un gyfrol ddwyieithog!
The fascinating true story of ancient Britain's greatest heroine -- now told in both Welsh and English in one bilingual volume! Perfect for students of both Welsh and English, improve your language proficiency while you learn about ancient Britain.
A fun and interactive collection of puzzles based on "Boudicca, Britain's Queen of the Iceni," book one of the Legendary Women of World History. Practice reading while you learn more about history. Features a challenging fill in the blank puzzle, word search puzzles, double puzzles, and a crossword puzzle certain to challenge adults and children alike.
Un divertente e interattivo collezione di puzzle a base di "Caterina de Valois," il libro due delle donne leggendarie della storia mondiale. lettura pratica, mentre si impara di più su 15 ° secolo in Inghilterra, Francia e Galles. Perfetto per le aule, homeschools, e giorni di pioggia. Comprende un estratto dal primo capitolo di "Caterina de Valois."
A fun and interactive collection of puzzles based on "Catherine de Valois," book two of the Legendary Women of World History. Practice reading while you learn more about 15th century England, France, and Wales. Perfect for classrooms, homeschools, and rainy days.
2019 update includes new word search puzzles.
In this beautiful narrative biography you explore Elizabeth’s path from “Lady Elizabeth” to “Gloriana” through the lens of her relationship with Robert Dudley, a relationship far more contentious than most people believe. Politics and religion collide, provoking Elizabeth to console herself with her music, and a hard decision lays before her as plots against her life threatens her throne.
The biographies of three renaissance queens joined together by both blood and life choices in one beautiful boxed set volume:
Catherine de Valois
Mary Queen of the Scots
Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to Gloriana.
The past comes alive as these women make their mark on history. Take a journey back through time and meet the real women you thought you knew.
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.
As the western world fell to Rome's mighty legions, one woman dared fight for English liberty.
Adapted from the narrative 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.
War made her queen of England. Her love for a Welshman made her immortal.
Adapted from the narrative 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."
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 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 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!
Dune meets middle earth in this epic series about a futuristic medieval society in another galaxy. This is a series about greed, corruption, lust, and revenge. It is about terrorism, corporations oppressing the poor, religious extremists imposing their will on others, and about the rich doing anything for power. Good verses evil battle it out on a distant world that feels just like home.
With planet Beinan firmly under the control of the vicious Lord Yelu Princess Anyu flees Beinan for the distant and hostile planet D425E25 Tertius, a world known to its natives as “Earth.” But more than just the toxic atmosphere and brutal New England winter awaits the young princess as she finds she is not the only Beinarian living among Earth humans.
In this thought-provoking historical and economic analysis, Laurel A. Rockefeller takes on poverty culture head-on, exploring what it means to poor in the United States while taking a look at how America's closest and much more economically successful allies (Canada, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom) take care of their poor. Topics include complacency, poverty shaming, and rape culture.
CORPORATE GREED. CORRUPTION. PLAGUE.
All was well for the southern city of Nanli -- until a mysterious plague filled the city with fear and agony. Duty bound to discover the cause, Lady Abbess Cara races against time to find a cure only to be caught up in a dangerous conspiracy that may claim her life and the lives of billions for generations to come.
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.
What would you do if you knew your world was about to end?
With war tearing society apart and preventing evacuation, two delegates assigned to the peace talks find romance tinged with the supernatural in a relationship that will make them the stuff of legends as they strive to say good-bye to A672E92 Quintus and set out in search of their new home: planet Beinan.
This story of the elevation of Lord Malvyn to king was first written at the same time as The Great Succession Crisis. After publication of the Great Succession Crisis in 2012, the First King was integrated into the novella "Goodbye A672E92 Quintus."
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 descent from the Aedui tribe in Gaul changes the fate of the British islands forever.
Tacitus meets modern archaeology in this exciting non-fiction tale!
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.
Eadweard - A Story Of 1066
on June 02, 2017
Eadweard is a fictional story of two teen-aged boys who somehow miss the Battle of Stamford Bridge but are there for William Duke of Normandy's clash with King Harold Godwinson at Battle, England near Hastings on 16 October 1066. Historical details are very hit and miss in this story and it is evident to me that the author is not well versed in medieval history.
Eadweard is a story best suited for children between the ages of 4 and 8 years old. The language is extremely simple, perhaps far too simple for most adults, and lacks the smooth fluidity that makes it compelling to adults. Dialogue is rather sparse in the story; it is almost entirely expository.
This story is best for those without much background in medieval history. If however medieval England is one of your passions -- as it is mine -- this is absolutely not for you.
This book was gifted to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.
I'm giving it 3.5 to 4.0 stars because I think many people might like it even though it was a poor fit for me.