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

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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. 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. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I'm pretty happy to be right here in the piedmont region of Virginia, but I miss my family farm in Illinois.

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. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. A lot of people would call him more of a vigilante than a villain, but I really love Rorschach (Watchmen). He's doling out justice according to the judge and jury of his own mind and doesn't realize he's committing the sin of judgement, and murder. What I love about Rorschach is that I think he's aware of this but feels it's his duty. I almost don't want to put him down as a villain, but how many people does he kill in his quest to affect justice? He's this wounded boy who's found a way to 'make right' the wrongs that surround him and who, in the end of the story, won't play the game of a few wrongs can equal one big right. He's old school and committed, and I love his dedication.

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