My name is Laura and I am an addict... oh hang on... oh... yes... I am a book addict.
I've also most commonly been referred to as the most verbose person most of my friends and family know, so in a way, I guess words are my superpower (along with a liberal helping of caffeine!).
As a child, books were my constant friends and companions, as a teenager, they were my salvation - as a high schooler, particularly junior years, I was bullied. Reading books, hanging out in the library, and learning to craft my own stories and poems was how I got through it all, and something that I hope to someday be able to help others do through my writing.
Now as a Mum myself of two beautiful little people, I get to experience the joy of sharing all of my childhood favourites with them, and creating some new ones of my own which are partially or wholly inspired by the games that we share, by questions that they ask or interests that they exhibit. It brings me immeasurable happiness to be able to share my stories with them, and with other children. Some of my stories are fun, lighthearted, even a little bit humorous, while others deal with some of the tougher issues like acceptance, discrimination, and feeling different than others around us; something that I feel very strongly about helping my own babies, and others, to work through in a gentle and non-preaching way. I think that it's important to imbue the lessons of everyday life within our stories, but in a way that makes it almost unconscious to a young mind and allows them to work through the big issues and feelings that they may be experiencing. (I did warn you about that word thing, didn't I?)
To be given the ability to write, and to share that writing is, I feel, the greatest privilege a person can have.