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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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

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Be one with yourself and all things will come to you - Lao Tzu

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Nelson Mandela (Helen Thomas is a close second)

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Sean Thornton (The Quiet Man) I don't think this prize fighter, played by John Wayne in the film, would typically be considered a hero, but I find him the quintessence of heroism. Spoiler alert - Sean accidentally kills a man in the ring then goes back to his native home in Ireland. In order to properly court his sweetheart (the most beautiful woman who's ever lived - Maureen O'Hara), he has to fight her brother, but he refuses as he's afraid he'll kill again. It's his commitment to not make the same mistake twice, and not take another soul, that nearly costs him the girl. How many people are willing to give up the love of their life to 'do what's right'? Sean Thornton has a conviction of character I find truly heartwarming.

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 any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'm content to be me. I'd like to have fewer crow's feet, but they've been well-earned.

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