Children’s author Laura Elliott was interviewed for BookCast by Fairfax County Public Library Director Sam Clay. BookCast is sponsored by Virginia Commerce Bank through the Fairfax Library Foundation.
Laura Malone Elliott, who also writes as L.M. Elliott, is the author of a number of books for preschoolers, middle grade students and young adults. Titles for young adults include Annie Between the States, Under a War-Torn Sky and Give Me Liberty.
Elliott’s first young adult novel, Under a War-torn Sky, a W.W.II story about a B-24 bomber pilot’s experiences with the French Resistance, has also won several awards. Says Booklist: “Packed with action, intrigue, and suspense, this novel celebrates acts of kindness and heroism without glorifying war.” The sequel to Under a War-Torn Sky, A Troubled Peace, will be published in September 2009.
Give Me Liberty, explores the Revolutionary War through the experiences of a 13-year-old indentured servant, a hot-headed apprentice, a loveable, eccentric old schoolmaster and a runaway slave in Williamsburg.
Elliott’s books for younger readers include Flying South, set during the upheavals of 1968 and a picture book series, with titles such as Hunter’s Best Friend at School and Hunter and Stripe and the Soccer Showdown.
A long-time writer for the Washingtonian magazine, Elliott was twice a finalist for a National Magazine Award and wrote often on children, women’s issues and health. Elliott graduated from Wake Forest University and completed a Master’s in Journalism at the University of North Carolina. Elliott lives in Virginia with her husband, their two children and a herd of pets.