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View More: http://photographybynicolejohnson.pass.us/laurenjohnweddingWelcome to my online home. This is where I open the door and invite you inside to meet my literary family: my twelve nonfiction books, four podcasts, and almost 200 magazine articles–many available right here–and the mysteries written by my alter ego, Mary Miley. My newest book, a gothic suspense called Stolen Memories, came out in February and is a finalist for the Daphne award for historical suspense. I’ve just finished my fifth corporate history which is headed to the printer. And at long last, the third in my Roaring Twenties series, Renting Silence, is (finally!) scheduled for its international debut in August, and in the U.S. in December. The fourth in that series will come out next year. Looking ahead, I’ve recently completed the first one in a new mystery series set in Chicago during my favorite decade–the 1920s. Upcoming book travel includes a trip to Pittsburgh in July and Shreveport in August.  

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Cover Art for New Book

June 6, 2016

Renting-Silence-coverMy publisher, Severn House, sent me the artwork for the cover for Renting Silence, the third in the Roaring Twenties series. I love it! I think it’s the best of all my covers. The woman looks just like I envision Jessie: unruly bobbed hair, confident gaze, pretty but not glamorous. I couldn’t be happier–which is lucky for me because authors usually have little to no say in their book’s cover. 

The book will be released in August in the U.K., but not until December in the U.S. 

Articles & Podcasts

Downton Abbey Exhibit: Virginia Historical Society lecture

Downtown-image2_mediumI recently gave a talk at the Virginia Historical Society as part of their Downton Abbey exhibit, “Dressing Downton: Changing Fashions for Changing Times.” My talk was titled Weird-but-True Things Most People Don’t Know about the Roaring Twenties. It’s a light, but serious, presentation which lasts 40 minutes (plus Q&A). In it, I share some of the surprising things I learned during my research for my Roaring Twenties mystery series, things I have incorporated into my novels. The VHS always records its Banner Lecture speakers, so here it is. I recommend pouring yourself a glass of wine before you click START.