Having been raised in Arizona, Laura L. Walker and her husband whom she met at Northern Arizona University think it’s a great place to raise their six children. Laura and her family enjoy camping on beautiful Mt. Graham, reading, and learning history together. At the end of the day, Laura loves to curl up with a good book or write one of her own. The Matchup is her second novel.
Q&A With the Author:
What inspired your book?
Matchup is the continuation of the Logan family’s
story from Pierced by Love but it can
also be read on its own. I wanted to figure out why Gage, Pierce’s younger
brother, struggled with his faith. And then I discovered the perfect match for
him in Valerie and immediately knew that her struggle with single-handedly
raising an autistic son needed to be told as well.
What kind of music do you
listen to while you write?
kids’ favorite TV programs in the background.
I am somewhat ambidextrous – I
write, use utensils, and lead music with my left hand but use scissors, catch a
softball, and bat with my right.
My favorite all-time movie is
The Sound of Music. I watched it so many times as a child that my brothers now refuse
to allow their wives to watch it.
I met my husband while planning
an outing to the Grand Canyon. We talked like old friends for hours while hiking
the upper rim. I immediately knew he was the guy for me!
I graduated from Northern
Arizona University the day after we got married.
I like to sew quilts for my
I’m a fairly good cook,
although I didn’t acquire this particular skill until after I married. I make a
mean oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
Of my six children, only one looks like me and
has my blue eyes. She also fits in the same birth order as I do with my
A year ago, my heart’s left
ventricle was only working at 18% capacity. Now, it’s back to normal range
(which is 60%). Doctors are calling me a miracle and I know they’re right.
My favorite color is red.