Laura Stewart Schmidt is a lifelong reader who was inspired by “good books for bad children” such as Harriet the Spy and Otis Spofford. She has a degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Laura worked for several years as a community education coordinator, encouraging parents to read to their children and setting up reading clubs for middle-school students.
Laura spent two years as a family court advocate for at-risk youth and parents suffering from substance addiction. She also worked for several years at an agency offering one-on-one support for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.
Her current writing projects are:
UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT, a young adult mystery. Published by Black Rose Writing.
No one knows who started a fire that killed the Spriggs family fifty years ago. Alison’s grandmother was blamed for it and has spent her life under a cloud of suspicion. Alison has less than two weeks to prove her grandmother’s innocence before the Spriggs’ house is torn down, taking its secrets with it. But she soon learns that someone is desperate to keep her from learning the truth.
DON’T FEAR, MY DARLING, a suspense novel in the tradition of Hallie Ephron’s THERE WAS AN OLD WOMAN. Coming from Black Opal Books in May 2019.
Louisa is grieving her cherished grandfather’s death and stumbling through a series of demeaning jobs when she finds the perfect position–a live-in secretary to an elderly author, Marguerite Roberts. Louisa’s Native American heritage teaches respect of elders, and she is puzzled and upset that the wheelchair-bound Marguerite is shunned by her family and trapped on the second floor. But Louisa quickly realizes there is much more to the job than she expected. Nothing in the family is what it appears to be, and Louisa begins to fear for Marguerite’s life–and her own.
BLACK SHEEP (working title). A young woman who stands to inherit her family’s prosperous retail store learns that a crime almost ruined them twenty years ago. She joins forces with the officer who has reopened the case—only to discover there are secrets her family doesn’t want revealed.
Laura lives near St. Louis with her husband and two dogs. She is a member of Sisters in Crime http://www.sistersincrime.org, the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Association http://www.pnwa.org/ and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) https://www.scbwi.org/.