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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WHEN LANGUAGE IS A CRIME, ONLY THE TRUTH CAN SET YOU FREE. Harper Adams was six years old in 2012 when an act of viral terrorism wiped out one half of the country’s population. Out of the ashes rose a new government, dedicated to maintaining order at any cost. The populace is controlled via government-sanctioned sex and drugs, a brutal police force known as the Blue Coats, and the slate, a mandatory implant that monitors every word a person speaks. To utter a forbidden, Red Listed word is...

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. 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.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I'd love to be a film director.

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’s your greatest flaw?

A. I have a hard time enjoying life sometimes; I often feel like I'm supposed to be working.

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