I was born in Birmingham, Alabama. I never dreamed I'd one day become an author, but there is no doubt that I have always been a reader. According to my mother, I taught myself to read at an early age by poring over the words on cereal boxes at breakfast.
My fondest memories of childhood reading include listening to Disney Read-Along cassette tapes for hours at a time and discovering Judy Blume's TALES OF A FOURTH GRADE NOTHING and Marguerite Henry's KING OF THE WIND in the school library. Later on I would discover the classic Southern novels TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE STOP CAFE by fellow Alabama authors Harper Lee and Fannie Flagg.
I remain an Alabama-girl, living in the country a half-hour outside of Birmingham. My first book, a historical middle grade novel titled EVERY DAY AFTER, released from Delacorte Press/RHCB on June 11, 2013. I have my fingers crossed that this first novel will not be my last.
The Long Story:
I'm a bit of a talker when I get to going, so how about we stick with the short story for now? Trust me. It's for the best. However, if you'd like to hear the long story, feel free to contact me at laurapgolden @ gmail .com (spaces removed, obviously), or reach out to me on Twitter @laurapgolden!