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Laura Bynum

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LAURA BYNUM was born in Springfield, Illinois (Land of Lincoln) in 1968. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, and earned an MA in Mass Media and Interpersonal Communications from Eastern Illinois University. She has extensive experience in marketing, corporate training and public relations. In 2006 she attended the Maui Writer’s Conference and was awarded its top prize—the Rupert Hughes Prose Award—for an early draft of VERACITY. She is currently at work on a second novel. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Virginia.

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Laura Bynum

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LAURA BYNUM was born in Springfield, Illinois (Land of Lincoln) in 1968. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, and earned an MA in Mass Media and Interpersonal Communications from Eastern Illinois University. She has extensive experience in marketing, corporate training and public relations. In 2006 she attended the Maui Writer’s Conference and was awarded its top prize—the Rupert Hughes Prose Award—for an early draft of VERACITY. She is currently at work on a second novel. She lives with her husband and three daughters in Virginia.

Photograph by Greg Ziegler

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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be one with yourself and all things will come to you - Lao Tzu

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Hypocrisy.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Sean Thornton (The Quiet Man) I don't think this prize fighter, played by John Wayne in the film, would typically be considered a hero, but I find him the quintessence of heroism. Spoiler alert - Sean accidentally kills a man in the ring then goes back to his native home in Ireland. In order to properly court his sweetheart (the most beautiful woman who's ever lived - Maureen O'Hara), he has to fight her brother, but he refuses as he's afraid he'll kill again. It's his commitment to not make the same mistake twice, and not take another soul, that nearly costs him the girl. How many people are willing to give up the love of their life to 'do what's right'? Sean Thornton has a conviction of character I find truly heartwarming.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. The three amazing souls that found their way into the world through me, and surviving breast cancer.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Mary Magdalene. There's a lot of conflicting information out there about her role in the life of Christ. In 1969, the Catholic Church went on the record saying that Mary Magdalene was not, and never had been a prostitute, as she'd been portrayed, willingly or no, for years. There are other documents out there that suggest Mary was a larger part of Jesus' life than is expressed in the Bible. I've never understood the need for a virgin birth, never thought of sex as anything other than a natural way to progress the race and express love, and would find it pretty normal and natural were the Lord to have had a mate. I would love to talk to her about this and get the real skinny on something so pivotal.

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