About the Author
Laurel Hawkes (a pen name) has spent most of her life in the Valley of the Sun, calling Yellowstone, Thailand, and England home for a brief time. Work encompassed a variety of trades including housekeeper, cashier, switchboard operator, reservation agent, teacher's aide, sign language interpreter, medical transcriptionist, and, now, writer. When she was told she could never succeed as a writer, she believed it, and boxed away the dream, but God laid writing on her heart. He offered her numerous breadcrumbs to help her find her way. Asking her not to write would now be tantamount to asking her not to breathe. Laurel enjoys making fresh homemade bread, which helps her work through plot difficulties, and blackberry jam, using the berries from the bushes in her yard. Additional pleasures include books and music, dogs and horses. Walks on the beach don't happen nearly enough. Shy at first, she's quick to become a chatterbox. She loves sharing the adventure of life with friends.