Laury A. Egan began writing poetry at age seven, finished her first novel by age thirteen, and composed stories in high school. Although she always wanted to be a writer, for some reason long forgotten, she veered into the visual arts, attending Carnegie-Mellon University and receiving a degree in graphic design and photography. After college, her first employment was as the promotion design manager at Princeton University Press; a few years later, she moved into the book design department, eventually becoming an administrator and a senior designer. When Laury left the Press, she established a freelance design and photography business, working for twenty publishers, receiving many national awards, and designing over 1,800 books during her career. In photography, Laury illustrated books and covers, exhibited her fine arts images, and was also hired as a live production photographer by Plácido Domingo, most Lincoln Center organizations, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, and the Metropolitan Opera, where she was a decades-long subscriber. The combination of design, editorial, and visual experiences were invaluable assets when she returned to her original passion, writing.
Since 1995, Laury has lived on the coast of New Jersey, in a house high on a hill, with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Manhattan skyline, and departing ships. Her current residence is within two miles of her childhood home and serves as a constant inspiration to write, as it did so many years ago. Immediately after her move, she began creating short stories and poetry, receiving awards and publication in numerous literary journals and anthologies. Soon after, she ventured into longer fiction. Her first published books were Jenny Kidd, a psychological suspense set in Venice, a city she knows well; the collection Fog and Other Stories; and two limited-edition poetry volumes, Snow, Shadows, a Stranger and Beneath the Lion’s Paw. These were followed by the young adult novel, The Outcast Oracle, which was included in Kirkus Reviews’ “Best Books of 2013,” and the poetry chapbook, The Sea & Beyond. Her seventh book, a comedic suspense, Fabulous! An Opera Buffa, is due this year. She works full-time at her craft, except for mentoring fine arts photographers and select creative writing students.
Wave in D Minor blends literary fiction with suspense and incorporates a house on a hill, an ocean, and a haunting landscape. In much of Laury’s work, the reader will find water, lyrical settings, and strong female protagonists, some with creative talent, though the characters aren’t closely autobiographical. However, as in this novel, the conflict between the powerful need to create and the need for social relationships is an important theme, one that resonates with her own life.
Laury A. Egan’s novel, Wave in D Minor, will be published by Regal House in 2019.