About Me

When I was in first grade, my mom walked into my room to find me looking at Little Women. “Honey, are you looking at the pictures?” she asked. I barely glanced at her. “I’m reading it, Mom.” Three hundred pages later, I was finished with that novel and on to my next, and the next.

My novel-reading habit soon led to my desire to write novels. In high school, I made it to page 60 of my first oh-so-brilliant (and, sadly, unfinished) novel. After graduate school, I made it to page 30 of my second even-more-brilliant (and, tragically, unfinished) novel. Writer’s block+perfectionism=paralysis at the sight of a blinking cursor and the death of both books.

Hit the fast forward button, skip a few years, and I’ve written four novels. None of them are published–yet.

I’m a former ESL teacher, and spent every Thursday morning for four years in the basement of a local Baptist church, teaching internationals how to speak and read English. They taught me to love foreign foods (seaweed wraps, bread with green bean paste inside), while the other teachers and I offered pumpkin pie, etc., each Thanksgiving. I also learned how to say “thank you” in Korean but five minutes later, I forgot.

I usually get my writing ideas:

  1. reading other people’s blogs
  2. while running on the treadmill or pumping iron at the gym
  3. listening to music
  4. reading the newspaper, Christianity Today magazine, or CNN.com
  5. during one of my frequent bouts of insomnia

What I’ve read recently:

  • Gone for Good, by Harlen Coben
  • Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi
  • The Triple Bind, by Stephen Hinshaw
  • There Is Life After College, by Jeffrey J. Selingo
  • The Runaway Jury, by John Grisham
  • The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, by Phaedra Patrick
  • The Last Coyote and The Black Ice, by Michael Connelly
  • Shelter, by Jung Yun

My favorite books include Moby-Dick, Things They Carried, Gone Girl, Beloved, Anna Karenina, Crime and Punishment. (Dark, brutal, brooding type of books with lots of intellectual depth. And yes, Gone Girl has depth.)

I’m also a fan of Louise Penny, even if she did steal the title of my first novel, The Cruelest Month. (Well, technically, she used the title first, long before I started writing . . . and the phrase comes from a T.S. Eliot poem . . . and Eliot got it from Chaucer . . . and my novel isn’t published. So I’ll let her keep the title–how generous of me!–and rename my book if publication ever happens.)

I’m attempting to post three times a week, and I would love to have you subscribe to my blog through the RSS feed or email. I also do Twitter @lauradroege 

Thank you for reading.


23 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Actually, it does! I was at a writing workshop and the leader had us brainstorm titles for our novels. The Cruelest Month was one that popped into my head because the action does take place in April. (For some reason, the April/May timeframe seems to have an unusually high number of suicides in the Northern Hemisphere; in the Southern Hemisphere, the peak is in September/October. So that’s why I chose April as the time period for the bulk of the action, and then, wham! An idea for a title!


  1. Hi. I’m trying to reach you to answer the question about the Master Marketing Seminar you posted on Chip’s blog. You can contact me through my website writingcareercoach.com or tiffcolter (at) gmail (dot) com.

    Thanks. Tiff.


  2. Hey, Laura!

    I don’t know if you do the whole “blogger award” thing, but when I had to choose fellow bloggers to be nominated for the “Liebster Award”, I thought of you!

    If you want to accept it, just go to my page and see the “Liebster Award” entry to see what it is all about. 🙂

    I hope this finds you doing well,

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Eliot is a gold mine for novel titles. As good as Shakespeare. I’m not a Christian, but my favorite poem of the past century is Four Quartets, his late (Anglican) masterpiece. The last of the great sustained incantations. If you have to rename your novel, I’d look there! Thanks for your blog, look froward to reading your posts:)


  4. Hi Laura, I found your blog from Trusting Butterflies. I enjoyed your post about the agents reading the first page of the YA novels. You gave me some great things to think about! My blog is on anxiety, and how my daughter and I have recovered from panic attacks. It’s nice to meet you! Jenny


  5. Dear Laura,
    We had brief but delightful exchanges on Jan5-7 this year and today I picked up on your blog.
    I am just blown away by your endearing openness.I hope anything I might say about anything only leads to new discovery and fulfillment.Any advice on either of those topics would be appreciated.You may discern a desparate need for kinship which I am sure lots of people have.I wish you extraordinary success in your research and work as a writer!I envy you!

    Yours sincerely
    Brian Sherwin


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