Hi everyone! My name is Lauri Corkum, and I am joining Sher’s blog as a reviewer/contributor. Life comes at me pretty fast these days—I split my time between being a wife and mother to three children and one Border collie, and writing children’s books. Right now, I have a middle grade mystery and two young adult novels in progress. I also am trying my hand at an adult espionage thriller… trust me, it’s much harder than it would seem. The research involved is intense… it’s like being back in school!
I have wanted to be a writer since I was in elementary school. Even then, I would fill up spiral notebooks with my slanted print, writing everything from pure fantasy to simple mysteries. But, then I grew up and had other more pressing matters that required my attention. (Okay, I never really grew up… ha!) Now that I’m nearly an empty nester, I finally have the time to devote to putting pen to paper. My big problem, and I’m sure several of you share this with me, is organization. I totally fail at everything organizational from scheduling time to write, to finding where I put stuff, and even in managing my clutter. Oh, speaking of clutter… you should see my office. It looks like an explosion of papers, books, and post-its in every color under the sun. My husband says it’s a disaster, but I assure him it’s the perfect space for nurturing a creative mind. (That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it!)
While I love writing and seeing where my plots and characters will lead me, I also love reading. I read everything I can get my hands on, be it magazines, fan fiction, spy thrillers, romance novels, young adult, middle grade… I love it all! My last two “just for pleasure” books were The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva and A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. As you can see, the diversity in my reading list is rather extensive. I do recommend both books—Daniel Silva is a master at weaving an intense spy story and Ms. Park wrote a touching MG story about a young boy’s determination and loyalty. A Single Shard also won the Newberry Medal in 2002.
Thanks for letting me drone on… and I look forward to posting and contributing on Sher’s blog. Ciao!