Laura Newman’s parents lived through the Great Depression and World War II. They started their family in the California Bay Area. Laura’s father worked at U.C Berkeley while her mother was a student there during the Vietnam War riots. Her mother became disenchanted with the cause when the rioters blocked her way to class and peed on the books in the library. She had three kids who were going to need orthodontics and she wanted her degree. After her mother’s graduation, Laura’s parents moved their family to Lake Tahoe, California. While one of the most beautiful places on earth, perhaps they did not realize it was a haven for the hippy hangover.
Thus Laura grew up to the mantra of pull yourself up by your bootstraps while the 1970’s world around her was leaning EST and how to built yurts. She trekked the mountains behind her house humming I am Woman, Hear Me Roar and Feeling Groovy.
Having lived only small doses of personal tragedy, as Laura missed out on the creative glory of a dysfunctional family, her writing looks to light the small moments of life against the bigger conflicts of personal morality and circumstance.
Laura’s strength as a writer lies in the power of a single sentence. Perhaps that’s because her best ideas come to her while she’s jogging, and she can only hold on to one line at a time. If she takes up jogging with a recorder, a novel may result.
Laura is a several-time winner of the Reno, Nevada News & Review Short Fiction contest, as well as inspiring a cover issue, Burn In Hell. She is an American Marketing Association and an Addy Award winner. She is also the 2012 recipient of the American Advertising Federation’s Community Contribution of the Year award.
Laura’s work is scheduled to appear in the Huffington Post’s 50 Fiction Series later this year. Alexander Elchler from the HuffPo called her story, Twentieth Century, “haunting and vivid”.
Laura lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband Dave, who wishes to remain anonymous. She has two children, Katie and Austin Boren, a safety-net extended family, and her Norwegian Forest cat, Max.