A former librarian, Laurie J. Edwards is a freelance editor and illustrator. In addition to having more than 2300 magazine and educational articles published, she is the author of 40 books in print or forthcoming under several pen names.
Watch for 2018 debuts: Three MG books, Exploring Ancient Rome; two books in the Second Chance Ranch series: Taking Chances and Wild Midnight (written as Kelsey Abrams); and two new Amish series (written as Rachel J. Good): Secret Identity and Hearts Reunited in the Hearts of Amish Country series as well as Amish Teacher's Gift, Amish Midwife's Secret, and Amish Widow's Rescue (2019) in the Love & Promises series (Hachette/Grand Central).
Change of Heart debuted May 2016, and Buried Secrets came 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 November 2017. Large print editions of the first two books will be available in 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. Other anthology stories are featured in the collections of Amish stories Springs of Love and Thankful Hearts.
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.