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Laura Pedersen

Biography

Laura Pedersen

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).

Laura Pedersen

Books by Laura Pedersen

by Laura Pedersen - Fiction

When the death of her father leaves her mother bereft and incapacitated, card sharp Hallie Palmer returns home from college to raise Hallie's eight younger siblings. As she copes with a bevy of surprises, she discovers that life can indeed turn on a dime. And just because beginner's luck doesn't always last forever doesn't mean you're out of the game.

by Laura Pedersen - Fiction

It's impossible not to fall for the winningly eccentric cast of characters in Laura Pedersen's laugh-out-loud sequel to her novel BEGINNER'S LUCK. But underneath its witty repartee and humorous goings-on, it poses more serious questions of the heart that everyone can relate to: "What does your heart desire?" and "How do you know when someone is 'the one'?"

by Laura Pedersen - Fiction

Hayden MacBride is terminally ill, but he refuses to let it slow him down. In fact, he now spends his days crashing funerals for the free food and insight into the Great Beyond. Then he meets Rosamond, a nun playing hooky from the Holy Orders while she searches for answers. And lucky for Rosamond, she has found just the right person to teach her how to live...and to love.

by Laura Pedersen - Fiction

The second of seven children, Hallie Palmer has one dream: to make it to Vegas. Normally blessed with an uncanny gift for winning at games of chance, she's hit a losing streak. She's been kicked out of the casino she frequents during school hours, lost all her money for a car on a bad bet at the track, and has been grounded by her parents. It seems the time has come for Hallie to cut her losses.