Laura Smith was raised on a dairy farm in Northeast Minnesota. She married two weeks after graduating high school, and four years later, faced divorce and single parenting. Fast forward five years, Smith re-married and looked forward to an amazing life together with her new husband, two daughters along with another child or two only to be faced with disappointment, loss and heartbreak. Through it though, they somehow managed to grow and strengthen their relationship and faith.
Now, aside from Smith’s full time job, she also does wedding, senior and family photography. She is involved with their area Bethel Sozo healing and deliverance Ministry, which was birthed out of Bill Johnson’s church in Redding California. “It is amazing!” shared Smith.
Smith has worked in a wide variety of jobs that helped influenced and inspired her writing. “I have had numerous working experiences from night auditing, nursing assistant, Medical record technician, medical receptionist, cashier supervisor, and now as a medical coding specialist. Every one of those places I encountered hurting people and that always made me want to write inspiring things to help them dig out of the dark pits they had fallen into,” shared Smith.
However, Smith at a very young age started to show signs one day she may grow up to be a writer. “Too young to even know how to write my own name, I would sit on the kitchen floor at my grand parents’ house and ‘write’ stories, and then read them out loud while my grandparents played cards with their friends. It was all gibberish, but I knew it was very inspiring!” shared Smith. “I also started writing inspiring articles for a previous employer’s monthly newsletter. I have had one poem published many years ago that won an award, and currently, I write regular medical coding articles for my employer’s quarterly provider newsletter. I also do presentations for our local coding chapter.
Her debut book, In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost is Smith’s spiritual journey through, divorce, single parenting, raising a bipolar child, desiring a baby so desperately and then after being told it wasn’t possible, becoming pregnant and then losing the miracle through miscarriage. “I share the most intimate and painful moments through those experiences, and the amazing vision the Lord gave me when I was at the deepest part of despair that instantly healed my broken heart, gave me hope and a purpose to live again,” shared Smith.
Her book is touching and Smith opening shares about a faith so strong it caused instant healing and allowed her to be hopeful in all things life throws at her. Smith shared, “Knowing that He has a plan and we just need to see things through His eyes, to see the gold in these life issues; because there is ALWAYS gold.”
Get a sneak peek of the book at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4KBlLlBXhQ
Laura Smith also shared a bit about her relationship with her editor and what makes an author/editor relationship a success. She said, “The best thing about Halo’s editor is that she allowed my story to be in my own words. She didn’t attempt to change anything in order to appear to others to be something different. A previous editor I had look at my manuscript wanted me to sugar coat certain aspects in order to sound more ‘holy’ I guess. I did not agree with her. I am a Christian absolutely without a doubt and I long to see people find peace and healing, and freedom, but not at the expense of selling myself out to become pretentious. I’m a real person and I feel other real people need to see that.”
Smith was also very open when asked the question what she hoped her obituary might say or what she hoped others would say about her books and writing. Smith said, “’Her inspiring books helped so many find healing through so many of life’s struggles. She allowed herself to be used mightily and by God at any cost to help others find peace, forgiveness, and healing. She was not a pretentious person but valued her purpose on this earth to help others. She dearly loved her family and if you were her friend, you were a lifelong friend. She just couldn’t shake that Northern Minnesota accent though.’”
She truly is someone who puts the needs of others above her own needs and looks for ways to inspire and help those she meets. However, that doesn’t mean she is unlike any author who looks at other books and thinks, wish I had written that. The book Smith wishes she had thought of writing is John Bevere’s The Bait of Satan.
Smith’s family and friends have been very supportive of her sharing her life story. So much so, that she is currently working on a second book. “Book # Two in the In All Things series called Expect a Miracle! is about my dad’s two year journey through cancer. Through his entire life, he was a very bitter and angry man with no relationship to speak of with his immediate family, siblings and even his own children. I will share how God worked in all of our hearts during that time and beyond,” shared Smith.
She is currently in the middle of a virtual book tour with World of Ink Network and working on scheduling a few speaking engagements at some local Women’s Aglow meetings. You can find out more about Laura Smiths’s World of Ink Author/Book Tour at http://tinyurl.com/77nwvdt
You can find Laura Smith’s book at Halo Publishing: www.halopublishing.com
As well as all major online booksellers such as Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com etc. You can purchase either the paperback copy or as an e-book. Of course if you purchase the paperback through Halo, you will receive an autographed copy.
You can follow any other events and upcoming books on Laura Smith’s Facebook and Twitter pages, which she regularly updates.