Laura Durham

Bio

[photo]Laura Durham has been writing for as long as she can remember and has been plotting murders since she began planning weddings. After graduating from Duke University with a major in English and a minor in Women's Studies, she realized she had few practical life skills. Once out in the "real world," Laura fell into wedding planning (not exactly how she had intended to use the Women's Studies degree) and co-founded a wedding planning company, Engaging Affairs, Inc. Aided by boundless enthusiasm that only 24-year-olds can have (and a smattering of actual wedding knowledge), the company rapidly become one of the most highly recommended event planning companies in Washington, D.C.

In her nearly ten years of planning some of the city's most noteworthy weddings and working with some of the world's most neurotic brides, Laura has been featured in numerous national wedding and event publications, has spoken at event conferences, and has consistently been ranked one of the top wedding planners by Washingtonian magazine. She has worked with so many political clients that having Secret Service at her weddings is par for the course (she admits that she sometimes wishes she could carry a gun on the job)!

The idea behind Better Off Wed was born from the overwhelming desire to murder a particularly unpleasant Mother-of-the-Bride (or MOB). Once Laura realized that killing her wasn't a realistic option, she decided to do away with her on paper. The wedding industry is so full of colorful characters, potentially hilarious situations and great ways to murder people that creating a humorous mystery series wasn't a stretch.

Laura continues to plan a select number of weddings each year while working on more books in the Annabelle Archer mystery series. In 2006, Better Off Wed was followed by For Better Or Hearse.

To Love and To Perish debuted in 2007.

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