Lori L. MacLaughlin is a native Vermonter who traces her love of fantasy adventure to Tolkien and Terry Brooks, finding The Lord of the Rings and The Sword of Shannara series particularly inspirational. Her earliest imaginings began while she was growing up on her parents’ dairy farm, and they soon blossomed into full-fledged novels, if only in her head. Then one day, her mother suggested she write down her stories, and she soon discovered what joy such an endeavor could be.
Lori has been many things over the years – tree climber, dairy farmer, clothing salesperson, kids’ shoe fitter, retail manager, medical transcriptionist, private pilot, traveler, wife and mother, Boston Red Sox and New York Giants fan, muscle car enthusiast and NASCAR fan, and a lover of all things Scottish and Irish. She discovered in her travels that Maine has gorgeous sunrises, cruises make her seasick, and Scotland is the most beautiful place on Earth.
When Lori’s not writing (or working), she can be found curled up somewhere dreaming up more story ideas or reading or listening to music, taking long walks in the countryside, or spending time with her kids. She lives with her family in Vermont.
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From The Liebster Award!, 11 random facts: the good, the bad, and the strange:
1: I’ve flown a Cessna 152 single engine plane.
2. I’m arachnophobic.
3. I’m a morning person.
4: I’ve always wanted to live in a castle.
5: I’m not superstitious.
6: I like to build Legos.
7: I love swords and keys.
8: I can’t stand rap music.
9: My first car was a black Pontiac Trans Am.
10: I love flower gardens.
11: My favorite stuffed animals are dragons.
From The Versatile Blogger Award!, 7 more random facts:
1. I’ve kissed the Blarney Stone.
2. I once sang as part of a backup chorus group for Judy Collins.
3. One of my favorite pastimes as a kid was climbing trees.
4. I love to do jigsaw puzzles.
5. My favorite dessert is butterscotch pudding pie with homemade graham cracker crust and whipped cream.
6. My favorite song is Come Sail Away by Styx.
7. I believe in fairies.
From a second Liebster Award!, another 11 random facts:
1: I’m my own handyman. I had a great teacher: my Dad.
2. I love to draw maps to go with my stories.
3. Spring is my favorite season.
4: I tend to be a hermit and enjoy doing things by myself.
5: My favorite breed of dog is a little black Scottish terrier.
6: I once bartered with the natives for an amber necklace and bracelet in the Dominican Republic.
7: I love the sound of rain on the roof at night.
8: One of my favorite books when I was learning to read was The Large and Growly Bear.
9: I used to love watching The A-Team on TV.
10: I’ve taken computers apart and successfully installed new components.
11: I think dusting is the worst household chore ever.
© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2014-2015