Laura Pedersen was born in Buffalo, New York (one of "God's frozen people") in 1965, at the height of The Folk Music Scare. (For details of misspent youth see essay at 'Is there a Nurse in the Church?'). After finishing high school in 1983 she moved to Manhattan and began working on The American Stock Exchange, a time when showing up combined with basic computation skills could be parlayed into a career. She chronicled these years in her first book, Play Money.
Having vowed to become anything but a journalist and with no conception of what a semicolon does, Laura spent the better part of the 1990s writing for The New York Times.
In 1994 President Clinton honored her as one of Ten Outstanding Young Americans. She has appeared on TV shows including Oprah, Good Morning America, Primetime Live, and David Letterman.
In 2001, her first novel, Going Away Party, won the Three Oaks Prize for Fiction and was published by Storyline Press. Beginner's Luck was published by Ballantine Books in 2003 and subsequently chosen for the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers" program, Borders "Original Voices," and as a featured alternate for The Literary Guild.
Pedersen's other novels include Last Call and Heart's Desire (the sequel to Beginner's Luck). The third book in the Beginner's Luck/Hallie Palmer series, The Big Shuffle, arrives in stores on Oct. 31st, 2006.
Laura lives in New York City, teaches reading and trades Yu-Gi-Oh! cards at the Booker T. Washington Learning Center in East Harlem, and is a member of the national literary association P.E.N. (poets, essayists and novelists).
Interviews for Laura Pedersen
Laura Pedersen Discusses THIS WILL ALL BE YOURS, Part of Midtown International Theatre Festival August 1, 2014
Interview with LAURA PEDERSEN October 27, 2012
Log In to see more information about Laura Pedersen
Log in or register now!
Books:Life In New York, August 2015
Planes, Trains, And Auto-Rickshaws, June 2012
Fool's Mate, September 2011
The Big Shuffle, November 2006
The Sweetest Hours, February 2006
Heart's Desire, July 2005
Last Call, December 2003
Beginner's Luck, January 2003
Going Away Party, April 2001