0557-cropped-old westAfter 25 years in community journalism, Laura Conner Kestner embarked on a career in inspirational fiction in 2015.  With one book completed (contemporary romance) and several more in the works—including a historical novel set in Texas in the 1880s—Laura is busy these days writing, researching, praying, rewriting, praying, revising and studying the path to publication. She knows that whatever happens, it will happen in God’s time and not her own.

Born in Fort Worth, Laura now lives in central Texas. She is happily married to the “boy next door” and they have two daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and five grandchildren. She’s thankful for God’s grace, her family, and an opportunity to do the work she loves.

She is a 2016 ACFW Genesis Award winner, 2016 ACFW First Impressions winner, 2016 SWFRW/RWA Joyce Henderson Contest winner, a 2016 NWH/RWA Lone Star Writer’s Contest finalist (second place), a 2016 SARA Emma Merritt contest winner, a winner in the RWA/KOD 2017 Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery suspense, a 2017 Maggie finalist and a 2017 RWA Southern Magic Linda Howard award finalist.  Laura was also a 2017 GOLDEN HEART® FINALIST