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Laura J. W. Ryan

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in Lyons, NY, The United States
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Laura is an artist, a writer, and a photographer. She lives in an old farmhouse on top of a windswept hill in Upstate New York with her Fred of 30 + years, their son, and five cats. She adopted a mini-donkey and one wee goat - these little buckets of sunshine live happily in a very big barn down the road apiece. There was once “one dog named Max”, but sadly, he has gone where the best of good boys go after a long life of sniffing for stories during walks around the acre.

Laura has independently published two literary fiction novels under her own imprint Field Stone Press - "Dusty Waters, A Ghost Story" (2009) and "The Fractured Hues of White Light" (2010) - the two "girls" are different - she always tells readers not to expect the expected.
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Laura J. W. Ryan The act of writing is the best part of being a writer. Pen to paper—I have a permanent callous on the first knuckle of my middle finger from clenching…moreThe act of writing is the best part of being a writer. Pen to paper—I have a permanent callous on the first knuckle of my middle finger from clenching my pen (or pencil) so tight during the hours I spent writing. In all of the creative endeavors that I have accomplished as an artist, the act of putting my thoughts down on paper is (and always has been) very special—it is vital to my creativity to write things down. It doesn’t matter if what I’ve written is any good, it’s just doing it that is important. Even tho’ I struggled with my penmanship in school and goodness knows I really wanted to have nice neat handwriting like the other girls in my class, but being a lefty, I couldn’t manage it to save my life. The side of my hand would be black (or blue depending on the color of the ink) by the end of the day. I used to lay my head down on the desk to hear the sound of the pencil lead scratching on the paper (I still do sometimes!) I always carry around blank books or one of those black and white speckled composition books (salt n’ pepper notebooks) to write down everything that popped into my head—stories, poems, diaries, or just meaningless scribbles about nothing and everything. As much as I adore my laptop and love the whole technology that has made the writing life simpler—I always go back to the basics when I write. (less)
Laura J. W. Ryan Katharine Hilbery and Ralph Denham from Virginia Woolf's "Night and Day" - their struggle with the dream and reality of one another, life, love, and…moreKatharine Hilbery and Ralph Denham from Virginia Woolf's "Night and Day" - their struggle with the dream and reality of one another, life, love, and the expectations of others, family obligations, and the future. In the end, after much back and forth, romance and foolishness (it is quite a comical book) they realized it was impossible for them to be apart, but they acknowledge their reality as individuals, they are not two joined to be one, it was a shared loneliness, once they understood that is how it was going to be they knew it was right.(less)
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Saving the Wild Horses and Burros of our country has been a pet project since I was quite young – I did write a letter to President Nixon a very long time ago, and attached a mangled handwritten petition to it. (I had gone door to door, friends, neighbors, and strangers signed it. I’m an introvert, so it was hard to do.) This was my first immersion into a political matter. To be h...

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Description: Dusty Waters believes in ghosts because she can see them; her house, Tanglewood, is haunted by restless relatives, her "gift" is a secret part of her that will never be mentioned in the memoir about her life as an indie folksinger.
The Fractured Hues of White Light (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Samantha Ryder is an autistic artist who has achieved recognition for her talent by creating miniature paintings of the greatest hits of art history, but what she really wants is to paint something of her own creation. The people surrounding her love her and will do anything to help her achieve her autonomy, but their best intentions tend to complicate Sammy more than she really is, it is these best intentions that has created a situation that may be Samantha's undoing as she embarks on a journey of self preservation.
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Virginia Woolf
“His eyes were bright, and, indeed, he scarcely knew whether they held dreams or realities...and in five minutes she had filled the shell of the old dream with the flesh of life... ”
Virginia Woolf, Night and Day

Joyce Carol Oates
“The novel is the affliction for which only the novel is the cure.”
Joyce Carol Oates, The Faith of a Writer: Life, Craft, Art

Margaret Atwood
“There's an epigram tacked to my office bulletin board, pinched from a magazine -- "Wanting to meet an author because you like his work is like wanting to meet a duck because you like pâté.”
Margaret Atwood, Negotiating with the Dead

Lorrie Moore
“If God Speaks Through Burning Bushes, Let's Burn Bush and Listen to What God Says.”
Lorrie Moore

Tennessee Williams
“Why, man alive, Laura! Just look about you a little. What do you see? A world full of common people! All of 'em born and all of em' going to die! Which of them has one-tenth of your good points! Or mine! Or anyone else's, as far as that goes - gosh! Everybody excels in some one thing. Some in many!”
Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie

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Katherine Marple I posted your review of "Dusty Waters" :)
Great job. Truly.


Laura J. W. Thanks Patry! You're always looking good!

Patry wrote: "Hi Laura, So good to see you here! Both you and your book are looking gorgeous!
Patry"





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Patry Hi Laura, So good to see you here! Both you and your book are looking gorgeous!
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