Multi-award winning author Laura Castoro loves to travel. She’s been part of ship christening in Norway, scuba dived on the Great Barrier reef, and climbed glaciers on two continents. Her spirit for adventure may have been born when she was. At only six weeks, she made her first trip from Texas where she was born to Arkansas where she grew up. She’s lived in Washington D.C., Connecticut, New Jersey, with long stretches in between under the big sky of Texas. An avid traveler, she’s logged miles in England, Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Belgium, Italy, and Australia. The Caribbean, Mexico and Canada? Of course! Just now, she’s trying to finagle a trip to China.
Married with three children, Laura began her writing career while taking time off from a degree in microbiology to take care her of personal biology experiments at home, two wearing diapers, and one in kindergarten. Two years later, she sold her first book, a historical romance Silks and Sabers. Always adaptable, she decided to see how far this enterprise would take her. Twenty-six years later with more than (36) thirty-six published books in print is such genres as contemporary romance, westerns, sagas, and romantic suspense; Laura is now writing about the modern woman’s life as she sees it.
A New Lu, her latest, is a “Chick Lit Grows Up” look at midlife beginnings. One review describes A New LU as “…Feel good look at aging with will have women approaching 50 running fearlessly toward the number.” Laura recently completed her next midlife adventure is: Icing On The Cake. It will be a January 2007 release from Mira.
A sought-after speaker and writing workshop leader, Laura puts her passion for the written word to good use. She is the President of the Board of the Communications Arts Institute, which oversees the Writers Colony at Dairy Hollow, a working writers’ residence program in Eureka Springs, AR. She is on the board of the Arts and Science Center of Southeast AR. Her most thrilling award was being named recipient of the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame Award for 2005.