On background

Two years ago, my friend Michelle Spring tempted me to work with her on a book about the craft of writing.  The pairing was unexpectedly effective, since we have such different methods, and with the addition of a number of superb guest essays, has made a book I am tremendously proud of.  Take a look at the book, here.

I grew up with books, since we moved so often when I was young that making friends became far too much work compared to the easy companionship of a library. I was a dreamy child, immersed in the world of fiction that was both escape and education, and I can only wonder that it never occurred to me early on that I, too, could become a writer. I suppose I felt that the books on the library shelves must have been laid there by some divine hand, that mere mortals had nothing to do with them. Perhaps if I’d met an actual author as a child, I’d have begun writing a lot sooner.

To buy a copy, visit Amazon.uk , Amazon.com, or IndieBound.


  1. Laraine on December 22, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Laurie, your comments about how books arrive on library shelves resonates deeply with my childhood experience. It only dawned on me years later that actual people wrote all the books that were on the shelves of my elementary school library. Magic, indeed. I’m glad you figured out that you could be a writer!!

  2. Cleo on January 1, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Your childhood experiences seem much like my own, Laurie! To this day I feel much closer to fictional characters than I do to real people around me. I make sense of life by putting my own circumstances into words, tracing cause and effect, and recording them through writing. And whenever I need a break, I pick up one of your novels from my bookshelves, in which I’ve bookmarked my favorite scenes, to partake in a bit of Holmes’ and Russell’s adventures.

  3. Teresa on January 15, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Just heard from Amazon that this is no longer available. Where else can I get it?


    • Laurie King on January 15, 2013 at 8:52 am

      Where are you writing from–US or elsewhere?

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