Laura Carnes Williams (she/her)
Laura Carnes Williams grew up five houses from a public library and could often be seen lugging bags of books down the street.
She's been a waitress, a cocktail server at Tavern on the Green, a barista, an ICU nurse, an open heart surgical nurse, a middle school nurse, a health teacher, and a professional tutor.
Her body of work encompasses many genres: short fiction, poetry, personal essays, and she has several novels-in-process (both YA/Adult). She has an affinity for speculative worlds, underdogs and eccentrics, off-kilter humor and acrobatic turns of phrase. She likes it when things get a little weird.
Her writing is inspired by Roald Dahl, Lorrie Moore, Karen Thompson Walker, Jenny Offill, and Kevin Wilson (to name a few).
Her favorite authors are Toni Morrison and John Steinbeck.
Contemporary authors she admires include Yaa Gyasi, Peter Ho Davies, and Madeline Miller.
Her favorite literary character is Scarlet O'Hara from Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind.
She loves Richard Russo's small towns.
Her favorite book from childhood is Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. She wrote him a fan letter in sixth grade and he wrote back.
For more about Laura Carnes Williams, please check out her BIO.