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 trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I have a strong sense of justice. Or maybe it's more an intolerance of BS.

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 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. 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)

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