Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Redhead of the Week Writes Thrillers

We spotted Laura Caldwell on Facebook and became her friend just so we could swipe this picture and use her as Redhead of the Week. Not really, but it sounds good, right? Like I'm really out there working to bring you the best and prettiest redheads in the world. Well, we try. And we love it when we find a lovely, redheaded writer.

According to her website, Laura is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, Burning the Map, was selected by Barnes & Noble.com as one of The Best of 2002. Following that, A Clean Slate received a starred review from Booklist. The release of The Year of Living Famously and The Night I Got Lucky prompted Booklist to declare, “Caldwell is one of the most talented and inventive...writers around.”

More from Laura's website: Laura began publishing thrillers and suspense novels in 2005. Her debut mystery, Look Closely, received critical acclaim and The Chicago Sun-Times called The Rome Affair “Caldwell’s most exciting book yet…a summer must-read.”

Laura's latest book is an international thriller, The Good Liar. Bestselling author Ken Bruen calls it "a massive achievement." Publisher's Weekly lauds it as "a taut, enjoyable thriller." And New York Times bestselling author James Rollins said, "THE GOOD LIAR strikes like an assassin's bullet: sudden, swift, precise, deadly. Here is a taut international thriller certain to keep readers breathless and awake until the wee hours of the morning. Not to be missed." Her work has been translated into ten languages and published in over twenty countries.

Before beginning her writing career, Laura was a trial attorney, specializing in medical malpractice defense and entertainment law. She is published in the legal field and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at her alma mater, Loyola University Chicago. She recently received the St. Robert Bellarmine award for distinguished contributions to the profession. In the summer of 2008, she taught International Criminal Law at Loyola's campus in Rome, Italy. In 2009, she will begin a position as a Scholar in Residence.

Laura is also a freelance magazine writer. Her work has been published in Chicago Magazine, Woman's Own, The Young Lawyer, Lake Magazine, Australia Woman's Weekly, Shore Magazine and others. Her work can also be seen in Everything I Needed to Know About Being A Girl I Learned From Judy Blume (Pocket Books, 2007), It's A Wonderful Lie: Truth About Life In Your Twenties (Warner, 2006), Girl's Night In II (Red Dress Ink, 2006) Flirting With Pride & Prejudice (BenBella Books, 2005) and Welcome to Wisteria Lane: On America's Favorite Desperate Housewives (BenBella Books, 2006).

Thanks to Laura, Facebook, and Random Chance


David said...

You want redheads, check out Brandilyn Collins and Terri Blackstock. I've exchanged emails with both of these authors, but Terri I truly consider a friend. She was there for me before my first novel was published. We are part of "The Redheaded League" in mystery suspense writing.

Josh K. Stevens said...

Laura is not only a fantastic author, but she's a fantastic human being as well!

She's been to our bookstore (Read Between the Lynes in Woodstock, IL) several times and is actually going to be out again on June 25, 2009 with fellow author, Gillian Flynn. We couldn't be more excited!

Props to Laura and kudos to Austin Carr!

Austin Carr said...

David, you're on. Looks to me like both of your suggestions work well in this slot.

And Josh, bookstore owners get very special treatment around here. I'll get TFA to send you a copy of my latest.

Marcus Sakey said...

Laura's more like Redhead of the Year...

Austin Carr said...

Ok, Marcus, consider Laura nominated for the 2009 prize. Isla Fisher won last year. I must say, no redhead has sparked this much interest here since Eleanor Parker (recently inducted into my Redheads Hall of Fame).