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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 200 magazine articles (many available right here) as well as the historical mysteries written by my alter ego, Mary Miley. The third in my Roaring Twenties series, Renting Silence, had its international debut last summer and was released in the U.S. on December 1. Looking ahead to 2017, I’m working with the editor on the fourth in that series, Murder in Disguise, slated for publication this coming summer. I’ve completed the first in a new mystery series set in Chicago during my favorite decade–the 1920s–I just sent it off to my agent to see what she thinks.    

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Snowed in!

January 7, 2017

img_0895Looks like we’re snowed in for a few days. Living at the end of a long driveway and a cul-de-sac that never gets plowed means we have to wait for the snow to melt. But there are worse things than being snowed in for a few days–we have plenty of wine and firewood, the electricity hasn’t shut off, and it’s a perfect time for writing.

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.