Laura Fulton is a novelist, memoirist, essayist and teacher. A native of the Mississippi delta region of southern Arkansas, Laura grew up in the Ozarks. She currently writes from Wurundjeri country in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.
Laura is currently querying her debut novel Those Tiny Quiet Places, an imagined family history with elements of mystery, crime and magical realism in which a writer tormented by a story battles her demons, recounting her tempestuous family history in 1960s southern Arkansas. This Southern grit lit novel considers themes of separation, trauma and loss, how we cope with those issues, the ways we look forward and the ways we look back. Laura is represented by Michael Cybulski at NAC Literary Agency.
After fifteen years teaching high school English in Dallas, Texas and then Abu Dhabi, Laura spent four years writing freelance articles for magazines throughout the United Arab Emirates including Time Out, Aquarius, Emirates Woman, Freehold Weekly and Liberty, among others. As a staff writer for Abu Dhabi Week magazine, Laura spent two years writing feature articles, interviews, reviews and the popular parenting column “Motherload”.
Laura left Abu Dhabi Week when she relocated to Melbourne at the end of 2011. For five years, she served as copy editor and project editor for a number of titles. She was also the ghost writer of several books, including Legs 11 (updated edition, 2017) with Rhonda Burchmore, My Idol Years (2016) with Mark Holden, You Can Too (2016) with Annie Crawford, and Be Your Own Builder (2015) with Keith Schleiger, among others. A sample of her published books and articles appears under Publications.
In 2017, Laura returned to creative writing full time, undertaking a PhD in Media and Communication at RMIT Melbourne. She completed her project in November 2020 despite the challenges of Covid restrictions and quarantine, graduating in May 2021. Her hybrid creative/critical dissertation, presented as a creative field journal, investigates the use of creative writing experimentation as a means of exploring aspects of the identity. It is available in the RMIT Research Repository.
Laura is a member of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs (AAWP), Writers Victoria, Arts Front, the Victorian Institute of Teaching and the Australian Fairy Tale Society.
Laura now devotes her time to creative expression, university guest lecturing and emergency relief high school teaching. Her interests include travel, watching stand-up comedy and live theatre, reading, crafting beautiful useful things, walking her little dog and, as always, writing. Her work often considers themes of hope, strength, resilience, beauty within the mundane and the triumph of tiny heroes.
In addition to querying, Laura is also working on a number of short and long form fiction and nonfiction projects, including a memoir, Dirty Feet, the next in the Caughey series, Shirley’s Boys, and a post-apocalyptic novel, Ringers. Find her online at: