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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Veracity

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 are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Solsbury Hill (Peter Gabriel), the final movement in the Firebird Suite (Stravinsky), Cool Change (Little River Band), If You Want Me To (Ginny Owens), Mercy Me (Marvin Gaye)

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.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela (Helen Thomas is a close second)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. A lot of people would call him more of a vigilante than a villain, but I really love Rorschach (Watchmen). He's doling out justice according to the judge and jury of his own mind and doesn't realize he's committing the sin of judgement, and murder. What I love about Rorschach is that I think he's aware of this but feels it's his duty. I almost don't want to put him down as a villain, but how many people does he kill in his quest to affect justice? He's this wounded boy who's found a way to 'make right' the wrongs that surround him and who, in the end of the story, won't play the game of a few wrongs can equal one big right. He's old school and committed, and I love his dedication.

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