Laurie Lucking’s family moved four times in her first four years of life, then settled near Madison, Wisconsin for the remainder of her childhood. Her favorite activities growing up were reading, singing (including table-top performances with a home-made microphone), practicing piano and French horn, performing in bands, choirs, orchestras, and musicals, playing tennis, and having fun with (and occasionally tormenting) her younger sister and cats.
After graduating from high school at the top of her class, Laurie attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, where she sang in their Chapel Choir, played an unusual instrument called the cornetto in an early music group, mentored middle school students, and met many lifelong friends. During the second semester of her junior year, she had the incredible chance to study literature at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. She graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in English and Economics, and a concentration in Statistics.
Laurie next moved a few hours north to Minneapolis to attend the University of Minnesota Law School. Her three years as a law student were filled with challenges and blessings, including the opportunity to be a part of the Journal of Law and Inequality and T.O.R.T. (Theater of the Relatively Talentless), a student-run organization that puts on a law school-themed musical every spring. But the most significant blessing during this time was the young adult group at her church, where Laurie made many dear friends and met the man who would become her husband.
Their wedding followed two weeks after Laurie’s law school graduation. After becoming a licensed attorney, Laurie worked for a large law firm in downtown Minneapolis, assisting business clients with transactional matters such as contracts and board resolutions.
Several years later, Laurie and her husband welcomed their first child, and she decided to leave her job to become a stay-at-home mom. Though cherishing the time at home, she felt the need for a project, and soon had the crazy idea to write a book. She wrote one scene and fell in love. Devoting every spare moment to her new passion, she completed her first young adult fantasy novel—a manuscript that has since been set aside, at least for the moment.
After having her second child, another adorable redhead, Laurie started writing a new story. She joined ACFW and teamed up with a writer friend to found www.landsuncharted.com, a blog for fans of clean young adult speculative fiction. At the 2016 Realm Makers Conference, she had the opportunity to meet with Michele Israel Harper of Love2ReadLove2Write Publishing, and is honored and thrilled that Love2ReadLove2Write has officially become her publishing home.
Laurie now spends her days driving cars and monster trucks with her sons (in addition to answering their hundreds of questions), relaxing with her amazing husband, and writing during nap times and late at night. Her family continues to make their home in beautiful Minnesota, where Laurie enjoys connecting with other moms, reading her hoard of books, playing piano, singing at the top of her lungs (usually while doing dishes or driving her mini-van), and visiting family both near and far. She looks forward with great excitement (and a bit of trepidation) to the publication of her debut young adult fantasy novel, Common, in 2018.