Laura K. Curtis gave up a life writing dry academic papers for writing decidedly less dry short crime stories and novel-length romantic suspense and contemporary romance. A member of RWA, MWA, ITW, and Sisters in Crime, she has trouble settling into one genre. In 2015 alone, she has two romantic suspense novels—Echoes and Mind Games—from Penguin, a self-published contemporary in her “Goody’s Goodies” series about women who sell adult toys, and a short Gothic piece in Protectors 2: Heroes, an anthology to benefit PROTECT.org.
“It’s easier to sell yourself if you only write in one genre,” she tells people when speaking on branding at conferences, “I just can’t make myself do it.”
While the genre-hopping is natural for someone like Laura who comes from a family chock-full of ADHD, the conference circuit is an outgrowth of her background in education. She’s taught middle school in New York, high school in St. Louis, and college in Texas, and loves speaking to groups about anything and everything.
Laura wrote her first book in first grade. You can see it right here:
It was released (in notebook paperback, naturally) to rave reviews, and she’s been trying to achieve the same level of success ever since.
To date, she has published four romantic suspense novels (Twisted, 2013; Lost, 2014; Echoes, 2015; and Mind Games, 2105) and two contemporary romance (Toying With His Affections, 2014; Gaming the System, 2015), none of which her mother thinks are as good as The Speshel Dog.