Spotlight on: Author, 'Laura (Parker) Castoro'
Author: Laura Castoro (aka: Laura Parker)
LAURA PARKER CASTORO is a best-selling author
with thirty-eight (38) books published in the U.S..
Her work has also been published in fourteen (14) foreign
languages, including among others German, French, Italian,
Russian, Icelandic, Hungarian, Chinese and Japanese.
Her most recent works include LOVE ON
THE LINE (February 2009, Harper Collins
/Avon Trade) and a re-issue of ROSE OF
THE MISTS (May 2008, Questmark).
Laura began her career writing historical and
contemporary romance as LAURA PARKER.
Her first title was SILKS AND SABERS (May 1980, Dell).
She went on to write novels in others
genres: western, saga, romantic suspense,
YA non-fiction, African-American, and mainstream.
Her publishers have included Warner, Pocketbooks,
Avon, Simon and Schuster (Jan Messner), Dell (three
different imprints), Harlequin Intrigue, Silhouette
Intimate Moments and Silhouette Special Edition,
Kensington, Berkley, Red Dress Ink, MIRA
and soon Harper Collins/Avon Trade.
Her next release is LOVE ON THE LINE (February 2009,
Harper Collins/Avon Trade) as LAURA CASTORO.
It is a sequel to her best-selling 2002 release,
CROSSING THE LINE (Berkley, August 2002)
a work of mainstream African-American fiction.
A hardcover version of LOVE ON THE LINE
is available right now through Black
Expressions Book Club (May 2008.)
Other recent novels written by LAURA CASTORO
include humorous looks at the contemporary life,
loves, and trials of women "of a certain age".
These include A NEW LU (March
2005 and ICING ON THE CAKE (2007).
Laura also publishes work for magazines and newspapers.
Her first short story "Christmas and Coconut
Cake" appeared in the December 2002
issue of "Good Housekeeping Magazine."
Laura is a much soughtafter lecturer on topics related to
the craft of writing and the demands of getting published.
She also appears as a guest or featured speaker at numerous
other types of programs and meetings throughout the U.S.
She teaches creative writing classes, as well as one- and
two-day commercial fiction and marketing workshops.
Check out Calendar for details about appearances, or Publicity
for information about obtaining Laura's services as a speaker.