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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

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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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. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Abraham Lincoln (I was born in Springfield, Illinois - maybe this factors into this choice)

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I'm pretty happy to be right here in the piedmont region of Virginia, but I miss my family farm in Illinois.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I believe perfect happiness comes in waves and that it's the result of a collision between perfect understanding and absolute appreciation. It's like having a brief glimpse into the perfection of everything and feeling completely comfortable with whatever I'm going through, good or bad. For me, these waves hit most often when I'm with my children or out of doors: my face in the sun; when I'm near the ocean; walking in the woods.

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