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. 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.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Photography.

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. 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.

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