Laurel A. Rockefeller

Biography

Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller is author of over twenty books published and self-published since August, 2012. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.

With her easy to understand fireside storytelling style, Laurel A. Rockefeller is the historian for people who do not like history.

In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, attending living history activities, travelling to historic places in both the United States and United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and television series.

Wedi ei geni, ei magu a’i haddysgu yn Lincoln, Nebraska yn UDA, mae Laurel A. Rockefeller yn awdur gyda thros ugain o lyfrau wedi’u cyhoeddi a’u hunan gyhoeddi ers Awst 2012. Yn hanesydd ac ysgolhaig ymroddedig, mae Ms. Rockefeller yn angerddol dros addysg a gwella llythrennedd hanes ledled y byd.

Gydag arddull adrodd stori sy’n hawdd iawn i’w ddeall, Laurel A. Rockefeller yw’r hanesydd ar gyfer pobl nad ydynt yn hoffi hanes.

Yn ei hamser rhydd, mae Laurel yn mwynhau treulio amser gyda’i pharotiaid copog, mynychu gweithgareddau hanes byw, teithio i lefydd hanesyddol yn yr Unol Daleithiau a’r Deyrnas Unedig, a gwylio ffilmiau a chyfresi teledu clasurol.

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.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Laurel A. Rockefeller online


Where to buy in print


Books

Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd: A Play in Three Acts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,730. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016. Categories: Plays » European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, Fiction » Children’s books » Historical / Medieval
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.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd: Tywysoges a Rhyfelwraig Deheubarth/The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,740. Language: English. Published: July 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » Celtic Languages, Nonfiction » History » European
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.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, Tywysoges a Rhyfelwraig Deheubarth
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,000. Language: Welsh. Published: July 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / European, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Medieval
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.
Gwenllian ferch Gruffydd, The Warrior Princess of Deheubarth
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,720. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Royalty biography, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
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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.
Empress Wu Zetian
Series: The Legendary Women of World History. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,780. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Asian, Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Historical
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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.
Buddug, Brenhines Iceni Prydain
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 9,060. Language: Welsh. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage, Nonfiction » History » European
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.
Buddug, Brenhines Iceni Prydain/Boudicca, Britain’s Queen of the Iceni
Series: Cyfres Merched Chwedlonol yn Hanes y Byd, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,540. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage, Nonfiction » History » European
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.
Boudicca Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books. Price: Free! Words: 3,060. Language: English. Published: March 29, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » History » European
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.
Caterina di Valois Quaderno di Esercizi
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books. Price: Free! Words: 1,460. Language: Italian. Published: March 23, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Games, puzzles and brain twisters
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." In italiano.
Catherine de Valois Activity Book
Series: The Legendary Women of World History: Activity Books. Price: Free! Words: 1,930. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Activity Books, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Medieval
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. Includes an excerpt from chapter one of "Catherine de Valois."
Queen Elizabeth Tudor: Journey to Gloriana
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,500. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Renaissance
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Queen Elizabeth Tudor is still known today as "Gloriana" after her small fleet of agile ships defeated the Spanish Armada's 131 galleons in the English Channel on 6 August 1588. But how did this happen and why is the late Elizabethan era the "Golden Age?" In this beautiful biography you will gain valuable insights into the mind England's most famous queen.
Renaissance Queens
Series: The Legendary Women of World History. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 37,460. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » History / Renaissance, Fiction » Children’s books » Biographical / European
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.
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 Dramas, 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 Dramas, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,890. 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: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,180. Language: English. Published: April 27, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Royalty, Nonfiction » History » Biography
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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.
Preparing For My First Cockatiel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,000. Language: English. Published: March 4, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Animals / Birds, Nonfiction » Science and Nature » Animals
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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: $4.99 USD. Words: 210,140. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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.
Princess Anyu Returns
Series: The Peers of Beinan, 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 64,150. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
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.
American Poverty: Why America’s Treatment of the Poor Undermines its Authority as a World Power
Series: American Stories. Price: Free! Words: 17,590. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science, Nonfiction » Social Science » Poverty & Homelessness
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.
The Poisoned Ground
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,170. Language: English. Published: July 25, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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.
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
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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 » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Romance » Paranormal
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.
Boudicca: Britain's Queen of the Iceni
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,760. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Nonfiction » History » European
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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: French Princess, Tudor Matriarch
Series: The Legendary Women of World History, 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,120. Language: American English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Children's Books » Biography & Autobiography / Women, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
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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: Free! Words: 54,510. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
The last eligible heir to the Gurun dynasty has a terrible choice to make: follow her heart & marry the knight who has always loved her or marry a cruel and power-hungry political rival in hopes of securing the future for her family. Young and innocent, what is a princess to do? The fate of planet Beinan hangs in the balance as the great succession crisis threatens all Princess Anlei holds dear.
The Complete Data Files
Series: The Peers of Beinan. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,690. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
The data files from Ghosts of the Past and Princess Anyu Returns and its three prequels 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: 82,550. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
Terror fills the air on planet Beinan as unseen serial murderers bomb healing centres planet wide and assassinate the mighty and the humble for reasons known only unto themselves. Caught up in the conspiracy is Lord Knight Elendir, the son of two murdered healers whose grief overwhelms him. Will he solve the mystery and stop the killers before everyone he loves dies?

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