Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a career. She chronicled these years in her first book, PLAY MONEY.
Having vowed to become anything but a journalist and with no conception of what a semicolon does, Laura spent the better part of the 1990s writing for The New York Times.
In 1994 President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on TV shows including "Oprah," "Good Morning American," "Primetime Live," and "David Letterman".
In 2001, her first novel, GOING AWAY PARTY, won the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction and was published by Storyline Press. BEGINNER'S LUCK was published by Ballantine Books in 2003 and subsequently chosen for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" program, Borders "Original Voices," and as a featured alternate for The Literary Guild. BEGINNER'S LUCK has been optioned as a feature film starring Brittany Snow (TV's "American Dreams") as Hallie.
Pedersen's third novel, LAST CALL, came out in 2004. HEART'S DESIRE, the sequel to BEGINNER'S LUCK, arrives in stores on July 26, 2005. And the third novel in that series, FULL HOUSE, will be published in the spring of 2006.
Laura lives in New York City, teaches reading and trades Yu-Gi-Oh! cards at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem, and is a member of the national literary association P.E.N. (poets, essayists and novelists).