Laurie Martin-Gardner is an author and artisan living among the rolling hills and thick forests of rural northwest Alabama. Sharing her home with her husband, their children, and a myriad of creatures both furry and scaly, Laurie spends most of her (quite rare) free time immersed in research for her upcoming book, Pantheon: The Greeks.
A lifelong student of history, mythology, and religion, Laurie draws inspiration from both the natural and spiritual world around her. Since childhood, she has spent her days immersed in the written word and published her first poem at the tender age of 12.
Laurie’s debut book, Gentle Melancholy, is a collection of poetry and short horror stories published in 2009. It was followed by another anthology, To Touch the Moon, in 2012. In the years that followed, Laurie turned her attention to the non-fiction world adding her words to collective works published by Moon Books. Those titles include Naming the Goddess, The Goddess in America, and Seven Ages of the Goddess.
Laurie’s next book, The Hidden Goddess, is scheduled to hit bookstores on January 31, 2020. Tracing the Divine Feminine from Asherah to Mary Magdalene, The Hidden Goddess is a look into the goddess traditions that influenced and permeated the foundations of Judeo-Christian faith.
When she isn’t researching or writing, Laurie is also an accomplished artisan specializing in handcrafted chainmaille and gemstone jewelry designed to empower the warrior within each of us. Her work has been featured in magazines, submitted for consideration on a number of television shows, and has been included in celebrity and press gifting suites in honor of the MTV Movie Awards, the Primetime Emmys, and the Golden Globes.
Currently, Laurie is busy researching and writing her next book, Pantheon: The Greeks, a detailed overview of Ancient Greek mythology and the world that shaped it. Upon completion, she will begin work on one of several additional books she plans to pen in the near future.
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*Laurie is a homeschooling mom of five kids (only the youngest two are still in school). They range in age from 21 to 13!
*Laurie and her husband, DJ, have been married almost 17 years.
*An Usui and Karuna Reiki Master, many of the poems in To Touch the Moon were inspired by Laurie’s experiences during her reiki journey.
*Laurie currently shares her home with a dog, three cats, three rabbits, a bearded dragon, four turtles, a sulcata tortoise, three leopard geckos, six rats, and a giant Madagascar hissing roach named DeVito.