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 currently writes from Wurundjeri country in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia.

After fifteen years teaching high school English in Dallas, Texas and Abu Dhabi, Laura spent four years writing freelance articles for magazines throughout the United Arab Emirates including Time OutAquarius, Emirates WomanFreehold Weekly and Liberty, among others. Taking on a position as 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.

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 in the format of a blended 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 writing, university guest lecturing and part time high school teaching. A novelist, memoirist and essayist, her interests include travel, watching stand-up comedy and live theatre, reading, writing and walking her little dog. Her work often considers themes of hope, strength, resilience, beauty within the mundane and the triumph of tiny heroes.

Her recently completed novel Those Tiny Quiet Places is an imagined family history that takes place in and around the fictional town of Caughey, Arkansas. This patchwork 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 currently seeking representation while she continues writing short and long form fiction and nonfiction, including the next in the Caughey series, 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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