Contact (and “About”) Me

I occasionally dress up for local events!

I was born and raised in Braintree, MA, and after attending 3 semesters at Smith College, I decided to go for an even greater challenge and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY in 1983 (with the 4th class to graduate women). I married my most remarkable classmate Mike McHargue, resigned from the Army as a Major after 9 years Active Duty and three in the Army Reserves to raise our two awesome sons, and then taught English for many years before abandoning paid employment to concentrate on becoming an author. Here’s what I’ve published so far:

Waterwight Flux: Book II of the Waterwight Series is about Celeste’s continuing quest to find home…and answers! There’s an awesome octopus, ancient gods, old characters from Book I and some crazy new ones on a planet in flux.

Hunt for Red Meat (love stories) is my first memoir! This is as much about relationships and the majesty of the outdoors as it is about hunting the wily elk (they remained wily) in the wilds of Colorado.

The Hare, Raising Truth is an adult fairy tale, a novella that feels like Rod Serling got together with the Grimm Brothers and several horny teenage boys. Not for children!

“Miss?” is based on my hair-raising experience of teaching 7th grade English in a challenging school. I updated and re-released it with an editorial essay and new cover in 2016.

Waterwight  is a YA fantasy adventure suitable for ages 8-108. The first book in the series was released on Leap Day 2016 (Feb 29th) and earned the 2016 Silver EVVY Award for Fiction/Fantasy! Waterwight FLUX (book II in the series) will be published in 2017!

Haikus Can Amuse! (2016) is a fun journal-style book with 366 haiku “starters” (I provide the first line or topic, you finish the poem and write about your inspiration).

Hai CLASS ku is designed for home-school and classroom use and has an associated 2017 contest! At only $5.75 (because HAIKU!) it’s a bargain and an educator’s dream!

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Leadville Laurel Facebook page / Laurel’s Twitter / Laurel’s Amazon Author Page

My publisher: STRACK PRESS LLC

If I’m not out and about town for a daily infusion of inspiration with Ranger, my loyal pooch, I’ll be here!