Laura Martin believes in chasing her dreams and she brought that philosophy to her classroom for six years as a seventh grade English teacher. Edge of Extinction-The Ark Plan is Laura’s first novel—and a dream come true. When she isn’t writing stories about dinosaurs and underground civilizations, she can be found in the Indianapolis area with her dashing husband, Josh, her four adorable kids and an opinionated bulldog.
If you would like to contact Laura, please send her an email at LauraMartinBooks@gmail.com.
Laura Martin comes from a long line of garbage men who worked hard and wore excessive amounts of gold jewelry. And she’s darn proud of it. But, after many summers spent filing garbage-related files, working dispatch for roll-off containers, selling dumpsters, working in a landfill scale house and answering phone calls from angry customers who thought the raccoon that got into their garbage was somehow her problem…she knew it wasn’t for her.
What Laura really wanted to be was a vet. That clearly didn’t work out. Mainly because while her brain does great things with words and writing, it refuses, flat out, to comprehend math. Her SAT scores were so uneven it was comical. But not really. So…realizing that God gives us gifts for a reason, she went to Butler University for Education to be an English teacher. Then, at the last minute, she decided to tack a Creative Writing major on as well. Because she was raised by a frugal Dutchman so two majors for the price of one just made sense.
The double major also fit her obnoxious over-acheiver MO. She’d spent most of her childhood tackling challenges that were a bit over her head. Some of those challenges turned out well- she was the first girl pole vaulter at her high school and even managed to place at State. From this she learned the value of hard work, and the pain of a few too many concussions. Some of the challenges she took on didn’t end so well- the French Horn was a disaster. So were the six plus years of German that resulted in her ability to ask, in German, where the toilet was. And that’s pretty much all she can ask.
After graduating college with her two for the price of one majors, Laura taught for six years in Carmel, Indiana and loved it. If she hadn’t had her daughter followed quickly by a book deal, she would still be teaching today. But babies don’t stay babies forever, and she realized a long time ago that you CAN do ANYTHING you want…but you can’t do everything. And this mom gig is just too important to mess with. That, and when one finally catches a dream they’ve been chasing for YEARS, one gives it every ounce of their available non-mom time. At least, that’s Laura’s philosophy.
Laura now lives in the Indianapolis area with her high school sweetheart and four kids that exhaust her while simultaneously making her life better in every possible way. She loves going for a long run while listening to an audiobook, and spending time at her family’s lake house.
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