Laura Baker writes novels of romantic suspense set in a place she knows and loves: The Southwest. "The landscape here is big and dramatic. It has to be to hold all the different cultures and their stories. It's a place made for storytelling."
By day, Laura Baker works alongside her husband at their two Native American art stores in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Highly respected within the Indian arts industry, both she and her husband are sought as seminar speakers and Laura has authored nonfiction articles about Southwestern arts.
"Though I could use more time to write, the hours at the galleries are never dull and are a constant source of ideas for plots and characters. We buy directly from the Indian artists and many have become friends. If you're in the business long enough, artists come to rely on you in the same way they have relied on Indian traders for over 100 years. One winter, we hauled kerosene heaters out to a hogan on the Res. We're invited to Indian ceremonies, blessings, and weddings. We get calls from jail asking if we can post bail. And there's a cowboy who sells us old Indian jewelry and then leaves the strangest gifts, mostly books about government conspiracies and how to survive in the wilderness. It's a never-ending parade of real-life characters."
By night, Laura writes romantic suspense in time squeezed from being a wife and a mother. Her unique style of richly detailed, fast-paced stories appeal to both men and woman and have garnered wide acclaim within the publishing industry.
Her first book, STARGAZER, is still winning awards. The most recent being the Aspen Gold for Best Single Title. Her second, LEGEND, was nominated for both a RITA and a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. And for two books in a row--LEGEND and BROKEN IN TWO--Romantic Times has bestowed the esteemed Top Pick.
"The awards and nominations are very gratifying. Just as meaningful, however, have been the hugs and heartfelt words from the Navajo artists and friends we work with. To receive their praise and blessings goes to the heart of what I write."