Laura Lynn Leffers
My second novel,
OUT OF THE BLUE, is available in e-format (as a
pdf download) from Thornton Publishing @ http://electricumbrella.com/contempo.htm
It's also a Rocket eBook
edition from barnesandnoble.com
It's a story of family lost
for twenty years and patched back together by incorruptible love.
Its publisher accepted my
cover art! Two oil paintings--one inside the other--were digitally
manipulated and text added by World Arts, Inc., in my home town
of Spencer, Indiana.
Title: OUT OF THE BLUE
Publication date: June, 1999
portable document file format
As a download @ www.electricumbrella.com/contempo.htm
for all computing environments. Distributed as a Rocket eBook edition @ www.barnesandnoble.com/
for all computing environments with Adobe Acrobat's Reader installed.
Publisher's contact info:
Roxann Caraway, Thornton Group, 1431 SE
Knight St., Portland, OR 97202 (phone: 503-232-8729; Fax: 503-233-8633;
Author web sites:
Out of the Blue is a tale of dead or deadbeat dads, dads overly
devoted, and one in particular who comes home twenty years too
late. The book's moms are unduly dutiful but imperfect. And learning
to live in a new reality--one that exposes both deception and
devotion in unexpected nuance--is the goal for female protagonist
Tess McQueen. But she must find her new reality in the middle
of a chaotic and dangerous family reunion.
It's a contemporary suspense novel of family
lost and family found, of non-violent resolution and the fine
female art of healing.
For immediate media release:
Out of the Blue, an electronic book by Indiana author Laura Lynn
Leffers, was released in June as a Rocket eBook edition, downloadable
from www.barnesandnoble.com. It is also available as a download
from its publisher's site [<www.electricumbrella.com/contempo.htm>]
in portable document format, readable by most computing environments.
Out of the Blue is a contemporary, mainstream
novel, set in a rural area of southern Indiana. Its plot revolves
around an annual Memorial Day family reunion and the (for some)
unwelcome return of a parent who happens to have come home twenty
years too late. It's a story of family lost and of family found,
of non-violent resolution, and the fine female art of healing.
Laura Lynn Leffers, of Spencer, Indiana,
is the author of two other books: Dance on the Water, a
novel set in northern Indiana, and a book promotion guide for
authors. She has produced a free, Internet-based author support
newsletter, Spotlight, since January of 1997; issues are
archived onsite at www.eclectics.com.
Thornton Publishing, 336 pages, $6.00, ISBN 0-9671113-5-8
Out of the
By Sandra Fahning
for The Gazette
violence and sex seem to be key ingredients in many modern mysteries,
author Laura Lynn Leffers followed a different path ...(she) gently
combines mystery and romance with a cast of memorable characters.
...A worthwhile and enjoyable read."
By Tamara McHatton
for Rhapsody Magazine
that delves deeply into the relationship of a tight-knit family
handling sins from the past. The writer develops the characters
deeply and with excellent skill. No motive or action is left unanswered.
"Tess McQueen is a
true-to-life heroine faced with real problems, a perfect match
for a hero running from commitment until he has nowhere else to
run. ...Together they tackle the dilemma of illegitimate birth
with compassion, understanding, and reality.
"...Leffers is a skilled
writer with a knack for delving into the minds of her characters."
My First Novel:
DANCE ON THE WATER
My first novel, Dance
on the Water, was inspired by my native American ancestors
and is a contemporary romantic intrigue set at Lake Papakeechie,
in northern Indiana. A young woman recreates her life and resolves
her present with the help of her native ancestors. It was blessed
with wonderful reviews; click here to read them.
1996, ISBN 1-881542-10-6, fiction/native
It's available at the SFF bookstore and wherever books are sold:
PORTRAIT OF BRIGHT
hats! PORTRAIT OF BRIGHT has a "reader perk"
book promotion underway-- @ http://members.aol.com/LauraLynnLeffers/hats.site.html
Magna cum Murder
I went to the Halloween costume party
at the 1998 Magna cum Murder conference in Muncie, Indiana, as
a bloody blue rose. I made my costume out of layered silk "petals"
and "leaves" attached to a linen capelet. I'll add to
the falderal for this year's costume party.
Photo by Sandra Weinhardt, whose McM web
pages are at:
Please visit my free writers' book promotion support sites:
Website Listings [<http://members.aol.com/bellafolly/spotlighting.authors.html>]
Or click on my book promotion guide
title to read reviews.
GUIDE TO BUDGET BOOK PROMOTION
this book @ http://www.sff.net/sff/bookstore
Interested in summer programming? Check
out a couple of examples of six-week writing courses @ Write
to Read©, @ http://www.owen.in.us/writetoread
art/illustrations by Laura Lynn
and personal foibles (a chequered past):
Family is, of course, first. Whether it's
pieced together crazily or made from a single uncut fabric, it's
the one thing sewn with caring and cherished. My parents had eight
children; they raised us with more luck and guts than cash. My
brothers and sisters and I grew up blessed and we each achieved
a good education. We're spread across the country now and raising
families of our own, but I know those eight children, brushing
their teeth around a single bathroom sink, peer out of my characters'
I nearly became a nun. The convent (quite
reasonably) looked without favor upon my application. Instead
I became a grocery store cashier, a waitress, and a factory lineworker
in Northern Indiana and, during my overlong college years, a barmaid
at Nick's English Hut, in Bloomington, Indiana. A partial scholarship
and loan put me through Indiana University, but I earned my bread
and board at Nick's. Experiences, you see, managed to stand in
nicely for formal religious training.
Today I grow a short stack of published
books next to heaps of unpublished manuscripts. And I grow sage
and spaghetti sauce ingredients to feed my three sons.
The convent never missed me.
I graduated from South Side High School,
in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1968. National Honor Society status
was bestowed upon me, but I was bewildered. I gratefully accepted
scholarship and loan two years later, and applied to Indiana University.
(I had realized by then that I might not be the ideal factory
worker, that daydreamers shouldn't work around equipment capable
of doing violence upon their extremities.) Realization was ahead
of ability however; Mom and Dad, with me and a car full of kiddies,
weren't twenty miles out of Fort Wayne on the road to IU, before
my stomach wanted out of the car.
Bullheadedness prevailed; after seven years'
worth of classes and the life lessons earned at Nick's English
Hut, I got a B.A. degree in Art Education. Skipped town for Florida
with my boyfriend, before they ever passed out the diplomas. Years
later I returned, paid a three-dollar health center fee, and collected
My "degree" from Nick's was as
important to me; no ceremony was involved but I was offered the
front booths. The only good tippers sat there.
Florida, Texas, and Italy
The boyfriend--the one I skipped town with--was
a boat captain. We headed for Florida and he got a job working
out of Miami. I picked up work as a waitress first, then as a
grocery store cashier at the Homestead Publix. Over a year later,
we headed west to Texas and found a beach house on the Boliver
Peninsula. Shortly after that we flew home for a dose of normal:
we got married on the IU campus, in tiny Beck Chapel. A year later,
our first son was born in Galveston, and we were packing up to
move overseas. The boyfriend-turned-husband-and-father would be
plying his trade on the Adriatic and Mediterranean, instead of
the Gulf waters.
Italy and the Italian people were wonderful
to us, and made us welcome for three and a half years. Our baby
was only a few months old when we arrived and by the time we came
back to the States he spoke Italian well, and in the regional
dialect. In Italy, we rented the second floor of a two-story villa
(meaning "house"), just five blocks from the Adriatic
Sea, in Marina di Ravenna. The culture and history of this part
of the world was endlessly fascinating and I couldn't get enough
trips in, to Venice. Although the Venetians don't make bread with
the taste and texture of the Emìlia-Romagna variety, they
make up for it in visual and sensory flavor. Venice enthralled
me, and I set my first, still unpublished, novel there.
While overseas, we managed trips now and
then to Ireland, England and Scotland, Yugoslavia, and to Sardinia,
Sicily, and other regions of Italy. I never cease to be amazed
at the earth's wonderful people, its cultural and bountiful natural
treasures. Oh, and yes... I did kiss the Blarney Stone.
Here's where I can plug:
CIPW (Central Indiana Professional Writers) --Best Audience
Award. Their web site: http://www.netusa1.net/~cipw
The ILA (Indiana Library Association) and
public libraries --The speeches I've given to library personnel
and to library patrons were tremendous learning experiences. Libraries
gave me a start as an author, my first as well as other booksignings,
and continue to provide professional support. Public libraries
with vision seem to me to provide a bridge between the industry
of bookselling and the art of writing.
Vigo County Public Library (Terre Haute,
Indiana) & the Writers' Live program --Being given a chance
to be a "Writers' Live" author came at a point in my
career when I found out that the listing for my first novel had
been lost from Books in Print for its first thirteen months.
VCPL salvaged my career capability. I continue to moderate and/or
contribute to conference panels, I continue speaking for library
functions and, most important, I keep on writing.
I attend every year. Magna cum Murder, Muncie,
Other Interests: Painting
Although I didn't sell many portraits--or
even many traditional Santas, painted in oils on cut and mitered
hardwood boards--in the years I spent trying to become a portrait
artist, no job is a failed job if it enriches your creativity.
The elements of portrait painting transfer easily into sketching
characters with words, and the years I spent visualizing subjects
work for me when I'm rendering a scene in a book.
Success in creative work, I think, is a
matter of finding the medium that suits you best. I've managed
to continue doing artwork by tying it into my literary work. My
first book cover was a photographic collage, done for Dance
on the Water. My next novel, Out of the Blue,
was rendered digitally from two of my original oil paintings.
See samples of my artwork, including the
artwork for my work-in-progress, Portrait
of Bright, at http://www.howdyneighbor.com/lauraleffers
Every single person has a talent. Find it.
Use it. Be happy.
Thanks for visiting with me.
Laura Lynn Leffers