Laura Haley-Mcneil

Laura Haley-Mcneil

If you wanted to know a little more about me, this is the place. I’m always curious to know a little more about the authors who write the books I love. I’m constantly flipping to Wikipedia for information on anyone even slightly well known. No, I’m not listed in Wikipedia, but for anyone who wants to know why I wanted to write, and why I write what I write, then read further. If this summary doesn’t answer your questions, then feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I’ll do my best to answer them.

I started out in San Diego, California, and though I’ve lived several places, I’ll always consider myself a Californian. More than anything, I miss the ocean, miss its lulling rhythm, watching the waves crash against the sand, and hearing the seagulls call to one another. Though I consider California home, I’m happy to be living in Colorado, an outdoor mecca for cyclists, runners, skiers, and those who just want to go for a walk and enjoy Colorado’s abundant sunshine.

I met my husband, the true hero of my life, while living in Colorado, so this is a place that holds a special spot in my heart.

Even as a child I loved to daydream. My parents were beside themselves when my teachers told them I daydreamed in class instead of paying attention. I tried to concentrate on lessons, but knights in shining armor whisking me away always held more interest than comma usage, which I should’ve paid attention to now that I’m a writer, and why a+2b = y(x)3. I have no use for that.

In high school, I took a creative writing class and knew that I had found my destiny. I wrote short stories and plays and children’s books and everything in between. I found a class where I wanted to pay attention, and I found a class where daydreaming was allowed and encouraged, and where I had time to write my daydreams. I would have pursued this as my career, but my parents had other ideas. They were too familiar with the starving artist, and were concerned a career in writing wouldn’t provide for me as would a more serious career. I’m sure they were right, but my heart wouldn’t let me settle into career that though it would’ve provided, it brought me no satisfaction. My interests lay in the arts. I had studied ballet and piano, again fields that provided a living with great difficulty.

After graduating high school, my parents gave me a choice: get a job or go to college. I wasn’t that enthralled with working so I chose college. That should have set me on a path to a career, but it failed. Even after college I still couldn’t forget my love for writing.

Writing was a muse, a siren, who wouldn’t set me free. Finally, I gave in. No matter what, I had to write. Even if I couldn’t earn a living at writing, I had to write. So write I did. Though I still needed to work, I fit writing into every moment I could find. When I learned about indie publishing, I was in heaven. I could write whatever I wanted and publish whenever I wanted, which also means as soon as my book was finished, it was online waiting for buyers. I’m enjoying my life as a writer. This is something I’ll be able to do when I’m old and gray, which isn’t that far away.

I hope this answers some of your questions about me. If you have anymore, please feel free to drop me a line and I’ll do the best I can to answer them. If you’re a writer, too, then I’m sure you can identify with what I’ve written here. Writers have to write. It’s as important to us as air and food.

I hope you enjoyed my introduction. As time goes by, I’ll be adding other stories about myself so stay tuned.

Thank you for stopping by!