Laura Quinn is passionate about writing and traveling, and is happiest when combining the two. She is well-trained, and often outsmarted, by her beloved dog and cats. A former user of pay phones, paper maps and VHS players, she now embraces technology…and is a Pinterest addict with over 26,000 pins. Quinn is a forever fan of Duran Duran (30+ years and counting!), from Walkman to iPod. She studied Writing at the Graduate School of Northwestern University and holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from the University of Chicago. She teaches creative writing at local colleges.

Punk Charming is Quinn's debut novel, published by Eternal Press. The story idea came to her while she was studying at Oriel College, Oxford University. The sequel will launch a series, featuring familiar characters solving international mysteries. Please visit PunkCharming.net for details about this book and press materials.

Three Woofs for the Dead, White and Blue is the first book of Quinn's new Pawtisserie Mystery series. The second book, We Woof You a Deadly Christmas will be available soon. This new cozy mystery series takes place closer to home and features some cuddly characters. Visit PawtisserieMysteries.com for details about this series.

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 (listed 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.