Laura Quinn learned to bake at her grandmother’s side, a skill that came in handy when she welcomed her paw-ticularly fussy Eurasier. Her hand-crafted dog treats went Hollywood when they were selected to be included in the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards® Presenter’s Package. Quinn’s grandmother also inspired her love of mysteries, from reading the complete collection of Agatha Christie’s books to watching Murder She Wrote together on Sunday nights.

Punk Charming was Quinn's debut novel. The sparks of an idea for the story came to her while in Oxford in '86. Years later, the sparks finally sparked her into action, and Punk Charming came to life.

Quinn studied writing at The Graduate School of Northwestern University and earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago. Although she earned her Private Investigator training certificate, crime-solving adventures are confined to the pages of her books. She is well-trained, and often outsmarted, by her beloved dog and cats. She is working on the next book of her Pawisserie Mystery Series as well as the sequel to Punk Charming.

Quinn is available for author appearances and enjoys talking with book clubs. Contact her at lauraquinnbooks at yahoo dot com to schedule a date, or to engage her as a public speaker for your next event. In addition to her programs featured in the Chicago Writers Association's Speakers Bureau (below), she is happy to customize a talk for you and can draw from a range of topics.

“1980s Pop Culture: A Mixtape”

Wear your fluorescent best as we travel back in time to the totally tubular decade that was the 1980s. Laura Quinn, author of Punk Charming will be your tour guide through the awesome mixtape that made up ‘80s pop culture. Starting with a quick vintage vocab lesson, we’ll experience the music, movies, fashion, foods, and technology of the Reagan era. Quinn’s presentations have been featured at Comic Con, Pop Culture Con, and libraries. Includes handouts, Q&A and book signing.

“How to Make Pawfect Treats for Your Dog”

Delight your dog with tasty treats you can make at home. Laura Quinn, author of the new Pawtisserie Mystery series, shares easy recipes and tips to pamper your pup. Participants will make one recipe to bring home (note: if kitchen facility is not available, participants will make a no-sew dog toy instead). Quinn’s gourmet dog treats were included in the Golden Globe Awards Presenter’s Package and featured on E! and “Entertainment Tonight.” Includes handouts, Q&A and book signing.

Contact Quinn via email at LauraQuinnBooks @ yahoo . com.