Meet Laura

May 13, 2010


(photo by Nick Savard)


An Introduction

Best-selling author Laura Van Wormer has been a force in fiction since the publication of Riverside Drive in 1988. She is the author of thirteen novels. Her engrossing plots, memorable characters and insider knowledge of the media professions have won praise from the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Good Housekeeping, and People.

After graduating from Darien High School in Connecticut Laura spent a year at the University of Arizona before transferring to Syracuse University, from where she received a B.S. in Public Communications from the S.I. Newhouse School and minored in English.

Upon graduation Laura went to New York looking for a job in television but landed a job instead as secretary to the editor-in-chief of Doubleday & Company. “Every day my head was spinning,” Laura says, “Everyone from Leon Uris to William F. Buckley, Jr., Victoria Holt to Phyllis Whitney, Edna O’Brien to Stephen King, Arthur and Alex Hailey to Allen Drury were all publishing with Doubleday at that time.”

Laura rose through the editorial ranks somewhat specializing in celebrity and mass media-related books. Caught in a deadline crunch one year, Doubleday and 20th Century Fox flew Laura out to the West Coast to create a book based on the hit series, Dynasty. Upon her return to New York an offer was made to create a book for the rival show, Dallas. Laura ended up taking the assignment and leaving Doubleday to write her first novel.

The novel ended up taking four years. To keep body and soul together Laura became “The Official Dallas Historian” (!) and created a game for Lorimar based on the show. She then took on Knots Landing, wrote copy for the back of jigsaw puzzles and created a game.

Finally she finished her first novel, Riverside Drive, which is currently in its 5th edition. West End, Benedict Canyon, Any Given Moment, Jury Duty, Just for the Summer, Talk, Exposé, The Last Lover, Trouble Becomes Her, The Bad Witness, The Kill Fee, Mr. Murder and Riverside Park followed.

Laura is a longtime member of the Authors Guild of America, and also (because of Jury Duty and the Sally Harrington mysteries) the Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.  She lives in Meriden, CT, Manhattan and Shelburne, Nova Scotia.

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