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Laurie Grant
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Laurie Grant was born in Texas, the only child of a career Army officer and his wife. When she was three, the family moved to Ohio after a tour of duty in Germany, and she spent her grade school years in Bexley, a Columbus suburb. During her school years, Laurie discovered her love of books and her talent for writing.She began her first “book,” an ongoing story about a dog and a horse, on her dad’s battered manual typewriter. In high school, she composed a series of love stories about the Beatles for the amusement of her friends, and dreamed of being a writer, but even then Laurie realized she’d have to have a stable job to indulge that dream. Graduating from high school in 1969, she went on to Grant School of Nursing and became a registered nurse. She married and had two daughters, Danielle and Stephanie. She chose the busy inner-city emergency room at Grant Hospital to begin her nursing practice, for the innate drama and unpredictability of emergency room nursing appealed to her. In her off hours she became the first woman to join her rural townships’s volunteer fire department. Later she left the E.R. for a time to fly on her hospital’s Lifeflight Helicopter, but returned to the E.R. a couple of years later. Laurie hadn’t given up her dream of writing, however. The boom in romance novels began in the 1980’s. A challenge to begin her first novel before she was thirty years old resulted in Laurie writing a medieval romance. She chose her pseudonym, Laurie Grant, after the hospital where she still works. When her marriage ended in divorce, her writing became more important to her than ever. She completed that medieval manuscript, obtained an agent, and after a couple of years of effort, sold the book to Leisure, who published it as Defiant Heart in 1987. It was nominated by “Romantic Times” for “Best First Medieval.” Her second medieval, Forever Love, was published by Leisure the same year. Her scond two books sold to Warner Popular LIbrary, and then she moved to Harlequin Historicals, which had just started accepting medieval stories. By the time she was ready to write her eighth book, however, Laurie was ready to do something different, and Devile’s Dare became her first western romance. She now alternates medieval and western novels, winning the National Readers’ Choice award in 1994 for her Tudor-era The Raven and the Swan. She was also nominated for “Career Achievenment in Western Romance” by “Romantic Times” magazine. Now back to Leisure, her new release, Midnight Silk, will be out in July 2003, and she is working on two sequels, Midnight Satin and Midnight Velvet. In her spare time, Laurie enjoys reading romance and suspense. Her favorite novels are Katherine, by Anya Seton, and The Windflower, by Laura London. She spends time online with writer friends and watching favorite TV show “E.R.” and “Third Watch,” and playing with her four dogs and two cats. Laurie is now the proud grandma of two girls and a boy. Meanwhile, Laurie has expanded her nursing repertoire, becoming qualified as a S.A.N.E. (Sexual Aussault Nurse Examiner), a nurse who takes care of rape victims. Her nursing experience has also led her to try her hand at a medical suspense series. She now lives out in the country with her menagerie and is still looking for a real-life hero.

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