Creative non-fiction and guest blogs
- Empty Spaces (An Autobiography in Seven Parts) on Altarwork
- Thin Places: Les Miserables
- Why I write stories
- “Shadows and Light”, essay in Not Alone–Stories of Living with Depression (Civitas Press, September 2011, available on Amazon)
- The Lies We Tell Ourselves
- Why I Write (This piece was originally posted on Stigmama.com’s site. But the site is no longer available except through the Wayback machine.)
- Amputation of Fear
- Confronting My Inner Racist
- “The Stereotype I Put on Myself” (Another Stigmama.com guest post that can only be accessed through the Wayback machine.)
- When Women Speak, Men Ought to Listen
- “Coffee” (This was originally published on The Rose& Thorn‘s online literary journal. Unfortunately, this has now ceased publication and my story is no longer available except through the wayback machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20131011061454/http://www.roseandthornjournal.com/Winter2010_Prose2.html
- “The Marketing Genius” (This was originally on Stigmama.com’s blog, but unfortunately, that too has now been taken down and my story is only available through the wayback machine: https://web.archive.org/web/20150301031038/http://stigmama.com/2015/02/21/fiction-series-im-a-marketing-genius-laura-droege
After writing two other not-published-yet novels, I moved on to my 3rd novel. Each one is an improvement on the last, though I’m still not as skilled of a novelist as I want to be. (But are any writers as skilled as they’d like to be? Hmm.)
Here’s a taste of A Certain Slant of Light.
Kellyn escaped sex trafficking as a young teenager and now, seven years later, is doing just fine. That’s what she tells herself. Never mind the cutting or the anorexia. Or how she can’t bear to touch anyone or have anyone touch her. Or the way the flashbacks pop up at the most inconvenient moments, making her wonder if those around her know about her past. She can’t entirely remember her past but she can’t entirely escape it, either.
Enter a cat. A one-eyed cat, with an eccentric artist owner, and a painting that touches her soul. His painting makes her want to reach beyond the barrier between her and other people and find freedom. But can this artist be trusted?
Then a stalker preys on her. She’s just begun to heal, and important parts of her history are closed off in her mind. She suspects that this man might know what those parts hold. But finding out means putting herself in the same danger she’s fighting to escape. How far will she go to learn the truth? And will the truth set her free or put her back in bondage?
Update September 2017: After taking over a year to write a fourth novel (The Color of Bones, now on draft #5), I am completely re-writing A Certain Slant of Light. I’m halfway through draft #5, but because it’s an almost completely different plotline and has significant character changes, this draft is more like a first draft: messy. Some thing are the same: sex trafficking, shame, art, a one-eyed cat named Dan Quayle. Others are different. After 4 drafts, I finally found the true story emerging in this 5th one. Coincidentally, the same thing has happened with The Color of Bones. It must take me five drafts to figure out what the real story is!