A former teacher and librarian, Laurie J. Edwards is a freelance author and illustrator. In addition to having more than 2300 magazine and educational articles published, she is the author of 36 books in print or forthcoming under several pen names.
Change of Heart debuted May 2016, and Buried Secrets will come out in March 2017 from Charisma House. Both books are part of the Sisters & Friends Amish series, written as Rachel J. Good. Book 3 in that series, Gift from Above, is due out in June 2017. Other 2016 releases are the Amish Quilts Coloring Book (Book 1 in the Amish Quilts & Proverbs series), the picture book Mystery of the Missing Parathas, illustrations for the picture book The Forget-Me-Not Keeper by Susanna Leonard Hill, and a story in the anthology Strange Magic.
Watch for the release of Amish novels in the Love & Promises series (Hachette/Grand Central) and the Heart of Amish Country series (Annie's Bookclub) in 2017 and 2018. And Exploring Ancient Rome will come out in 2018.
Laurie's 2015 releases include Her Cold Revenge (Book 2 in the YA WANTED Western series; Capstone/Switch Press), Imperial China, West African Kingdoms, and Ancient Egypt (Cengage), a story in the anthology Love & Profanity (Capstone), and illustrations for three picture books, including The Teeny Tiny Woman (Ustyme).
Her 2014 titles are Grace and the Guiltless, written under the pseudonym Erin Johnson, the first book in a 4-book YA WANTED series, set in the Wild West (Switch Press) and Cyber Self-Defense with co-author Alexis Moore (Rowman & Littlefield). She also contributed to Eager for English, a reading book for Ethiopian students, written in cooperation with the residents of Gimbi, Ethiopia, and the Peace Corps.
Some of her other books are the 5-vol. UXL Encyclopedia of Native American Tribes (Gale, 2012), Pirates through the Ages (Cengage, 2011), and Rihanna (People in the News) (Lucent, 2009) as well as stories in several anthologies, such as Summer Lovin’ and A Community of Writers. Laurie also juggles a freelance editing career and writes adult novels under two pseudonyms.