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All About Laurie

Laurie Kellogg is a 2X winner of Romance Writers of America®'s Golden Heart® award, winner of Pacific Northwest Writers Association’s ZOLA award (2004), and an Romantic Times American Title I finalist. Her contemporary love stories are steamy, heartwarming, romantic fun!

In addition to Laurie’s membership in the national organization Romance Writers of America®, she also belongs to local RWA chapters, Bucks County Romance Writers and New Jersey Romance Writers as well as RWA’s special interest chapter, The Golden Network.

In her free time, Laurie enjoys cooking, movies, crafts, and reading on her treadmill. Well, maybe she doesn't enjoy the treadmill that much, but it's a necessary evil to fight her never-ending battle of the bulge. She despises housework and has resorted to naming the dust-bunnies that multiply as fast as real rabbits while she writes.

If you'd like to know more about Laurie please visit her website at http://www.lauriekellogg.com/ or email her at Contact@LaurieKellogg.com.

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Laurie's Fun Facts

Ruby Nickname:
Ruby Queen of Snark

Hometown:
Bucks County, PA

Age:
Too old

GH Year(s)
2X in ’04 (won 1), ’06 (won), ’07, ’09, ’10, ’11

Completed Manuscript(s)
Over 15–lost count. I consider only about half to be publishable

Genre(s):
Contemporary romance / Heartwarming, Romantic Fun!

Started Writing:
1999

Day Job:
I work part-time as a crossing guard to support my writing addiction

For Fun:
I believe in living life to the fullest and plan to slide through the pearly gates shouting, “Yee-haw! Now, where’s the big guy? We need to discuss the calories in chocolate and potato chips.”

Blog Posts from Laurie

Should We Dumb It Down

While revising my new release, A Heart Decision, my editors and proofreaders questioned the accuracy of several words and statements in my manuscript. For example: My hero’s heritage is Italian (his mother was born in Italy). In Italian, the affectionate address for mother is Mamma with two Ms, however, the average American reader believes it […]

A Crash Course on Being a Hooker (Part II)

Last month, in my Crash Course on Being a Hooker Part I, I discussed the importance of using hooks in your writing. I promised to finish today with Part II—pointers on crafting that all important first page. Please, allow me to apologize in advance for how long this post is. My only excuse is these […]

A Crash Course on Being a Hooker PART I

One might think standing on a corner to support my writing addiction for thirteen years helped make me a better hooker, but it really didn’t. Only writing every day did that. However, my part-time job as a crossing guard did provide lots of time to brainstorm. It’s that time of year again, when hundreds of […]

Adapt or Die

My husband I have thumbed our noses at the Grim Reaper for many years by living to eat, instead of eating to live. Recently, it caught up to us when he underwent a cardiac catheterization and learned one of his major coronary arteries was 99% blocked—despite that he’s always had perfectly normal cholesterol levels and […]

A Valentine’s Day Ruby Release!

This year Valentine’s Day falls on the same day as our Winter Writing Festival check-in, so I’m celebrating a little early. Happy Valentine’s Day! People in young relationships traditionally do something romantic and often extravagant on Valentine’s Day. However, as a relationship matures and becomes settled, we frequently become complacent and neglect to observe this […]

Risky Business

Have you ever wondered where the idiom, sticking your neck out, originated? Some believe the saying is a metaphorical reference to turtles, which become vulnerable when they poke their heads out of their shells. If a turtle remains inside, it’s safe from predators. However, a turtle also can’t locate food from within its shell, so […]

Are You a Writer or a Cave Painter?

At some point in your life, I’m sure you’ve read a book and hated the cover and wondered why on earth the publisher used it. Maybe you’ve even received cover art for your own novel that you don’t feel fits your story. Romance readers get totally bent out of shape if the hero and heroine […]

Just Do It!

This past year seemed to fly by as fast as Maverick buzzing the tower in Top Gun. Last July, I was in a frenzy preparing for my daughter’s August wedding. Believe it or not, during the three months before the big day—a few weeks of which I spent on a European cruise and at the […]

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