Fun with Author Photo and Bio

As we get ready for the publication of Maya and the Book of Everything, I’ve had to come up with a number of extras, including an author photo and bio for Amazon. After looking at other YA fantasy author photos and bios, I decided it would be all right to have fun with mine, and that is just what I did.

Here is the bio:

Laurie Graves likes to say she was born in County Tolkien, but really she was born in Kennebec County—in Waterville, Maine—and is a fifth-generation Mainer and a Franco-American. Nevertheless, from the time she was young, she loved fantasy, fairy tales, and other folderol. When she was eleven, her father gave her The Lord of the Rings trilogy and that is when she discovered her true county of origin.

Laurie Graves writes essays and fiction from her home in the Maine hinterlands. For seven years, she and her husband, Clif, published and edited Wolf Moon Journal: A Maine Magazine of Art and Opinion. She has a blog called Notes from the Hinterland ( ), which features posts about nature, rural life, food, books, and people.

Maya and the Book of Everything is her first book. You can follow Laurie’s fiction writing and get information about upcoming books at her author website

And the picture? Well, it had to include a book written by J. R. R. Tolkien, whom I’ve loved longer than I’ve loved Clif and my daughters. (I didn’t know them when I was eleven years old 😉 )


Onward, onward, and upward!

24 thoughts on “Fun with Author Photo and Bio”

    1. Thanks, Eliza. Onward ho is right! The learning curve has been steep, but we are getting there.

  1. Oh, love it all – And love that I am seeing a photo of you in your blog now- I feel like we are just meeting. lol Thanks so much for sharing the excitement of this journey with us!

  2. And – another thing – I love how you acknowledge and celebrate what a gift the perfect book at the perfect time is to a person. It is a life changing experience to read something that speaks to you and stays with you. Hoping your book is just that for many people in the years to come . xoxo I have tears now. . . .

  3. Oh Laurie what a perfect bio!! and a great photo!! Its getting all so exciting! And yes…kindred spirits again in love for Tolkien. Wrote many essays on him during my studying years and when my husband and I were on our honeymoon in Scotland in a little old Italian car with no radio, I read The Hobbit to him whilst he was driving through the beautiful Highlands for week. Expected to see magical creatures around every corner ;o) xo Johanna

    1. Thanks, Johanna. What a charming story! And who knows? Maybe there were magical creatures who were always just out of sight.

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