Author, mum, feminist, reader.
Laura has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Chichester. She lives in Leicestershire with her husband and their two children. Her third novel, I Wanted You To Know, is available now.
Rep'd by @kateeevans @PFDAgents
Tell us about yourself?
My most recent book came out in 2019 and is called I Wanted You To Know. It's about 21-year-old Jess dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis while also learning to be a mother to her baby daughter Edie. I hope it's a sort of love letter to life. I wrote it after having breast cancer, as a way of purging my fears.
Are you working on something now?
I'm actually working on a proposal for a non-fiction book about how we deal with change. It's part-memoir, about my own health crisis of having cancer while pregnant, but incorporates all sorts of big life changes, both good and bad. It's been so different from writing a novel and I hope I get to write the whole book.
Which six books will you take to the Island?
This has been so hard. I've really struggled! Part of me really wanted to take something I haven't read before, but it seemed too much of a risk.
The World According to Garp by John Irving
I feel like nobody tells a story quite like Irving, and Garp is my favourite that I've read of his.
I don't want to give any spoilers but there's a tragedy that he just drops in in the middle of a paragraph - you could almost miss it at first, and I think the way he does it is mind blowing.
Which disc will you choose?
Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen
This is my favourite song and I never tire of listening to it. Plus, after about a thousand listens, I still don't know exactly what's going on in it and I wouldn't mind spending some more time trying to work that out.
What is your luxury item?
A photo of my family. I spend a lot of time looking at my children's faces, and I'd miss them so much if I couldn't do that.
Which fictional character will you meet?
I'd like to meet Daisy Jones, from Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid. I think she'd have some incredible stories to tell.