About the Author

Laura at HickorysLaura Fulton is a freelance writer, mother, traveller and former high school English teacher. A native of the Mississippi delta region of southern Arkansas, Laura has taught in Dallas, Texas, Abu Dhabi (the capital of the UAE) and the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

Laura spent four years writing freelance articles for magazines throughout the United Arab Emirates including Time Out, Aquarius, Emirates WomanFreehold 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, Australia 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.

In 2017, Laura returned to creative writing, undertaking a PhD in Media and Communication at RMIT Melbourne. While completing her degree, she published a number of creative and critical works (see Publications). She also presented aspects of her hybrid creative/critical dissertation at several academic conferences including: the Asia Pacific Writers and Translators Conference in Bali, Indonesia (October 2017); the Speculating on Biography Symposium at Central Queensland University (October 2018); the DCS InterText Symposium at RMIT Melbourne (May 2018, December 2019); and the Australasian Association of Writing Programs Conference at Griffith University, Queensland (November 2020). She completed her PhD in November 2020 — despite the challenges of Covid restrictions and quarantine — graduating in May 2021. Her dissertation investigated the use of creative writing experimentation as a means of exploring aspects of the identity. It is available in the RMIT Research Repository.

Laura now devotes her time to creative writing and part time teaching. Her recently completed novel Those Tiny Quiet Places is an imagined family history, a patchwork story that considers issues of separation, trauma and loss, how we cope with those issues, the ways we look forward and the ways we look back. She is currently working on the sequel, Shirley’s Boys.

13 thoughts on “About the Author

  1. Hello! I was enjoying your writing in Abu Dhabi week. Very well done! Didn’t know you have a blog. Anyway, good luck with your relocation!! Always take care :-))

  2. I loved your A.D. Week column! Will now follow closely your blog.
    Good luck with relocation, pls keep on writing.
    Cant wait for the book to be published 🙂

  3. Hey Laura!

    Sad to hear you are leaving Abu Dhabi I thought you are just leaving Abu Dhabi Week 🙁 …I used to work in European International College we coordinate for a receipe that you publish in AD week. I wish you good luck. I am happy we we can catch you here 🙂 Wish you all the best. Look forward to read your book.

    Best wishes
    Uzma Khan

  4. Hi Uzma,
    Of course I remember you! As happy as I am to be in Australia, it was hard to leave Abu Dhabi behind. I miss it and all the friends I had there. I’ll let you know when the book is ready – hope my little blog can fill the gap for anyone who misses Motherload 🙂
    Thanks for reading and please stay in touch!

  5. I have just returned to Abu Dhabi from my winter vacation and picked up the latest Abu Dhabi week at the airport although still a good read it is not the same without your Motherload column. Abu Dhabi will indeed miss you and I cannot wait to get my hands on your book! Good luck down under and keep up the good work!

  6. Hello Crystal,
    Thanks for reading – I certainly miss Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Week and my little Motherload column. Thankfully, this blog has been keeping me company. I’ll let you know as soon as the book is ready – should be soon!

  7. Best of luck in your new corner of the world! It’s so good to hear from you!!

    Hugs, Sandi

  8. Hi Laura!

    Love,love,love your blog!! Cannot wait for you book to be published! x

  9. Thanks for the moral support. I approved it for sale yesterday so it should be ready within a week. Will let everyone know as soon as I have my website set up for easy purchase xoxo. Thanks for reading and fantastic to hear from you!

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