Laura is a mom of two and a novelist, the author of Die Buying, a mall cop mystery.
How many children do you have? Two girls, 13 and 11.
How did you come up with the idea for your book? While still serving as an Air Force intelligence officer, I experienced an epiphany in a Seattle bookstore and knew I had to leave the military to write full time. I like the intellectual exercise inherent in mysteries, which is why I write primarily mystery/suspense novels. My protagonists frequently have a military background, so I work my former life into my new one.
What’s your favorite parenting tip? Don’t compare yourself, your possessions or your abilities to what others have or are; that’s the fastest route to discontentment. Be the best YOU you can be.
How do you get your family to eat healthy food and/or exercise? Luckily, I’m blessed with two kids and a hubby who would rather eat broccoli and spinach than hot dogs or mac ‘n cheese (although we have to eat hot dogs at baseball games). We don’t keep things like chips, cookies, or soda in the house, which makes it easier for all of us to eat healthy. I’ve got one avid volleyballer and one horse lover, so exercise is a part of every day.
How do you recharge your batteries? Hikes with my dog Marco (in the photo) in the Colorado foothills, especially in the early morning when everything is peaceful and new.