SPRINGS FROM WINTER RISE
Laura's historical fiction novel, “Springs from Winter Rise,” is set in 1920s and 30s east Texas near Tyler. It centers around the most devastating school disaster in US history, the New London School Explosion of 1937, which killed nearly 300, most of them children. The tragedy led to the introduction of an odor to natural gas.
The novel follows the life of Emily, a retiring schoolgirl who discovers newfound confidence while battling both bullies and a fractious home life. An encouraging teacher and others help her bloom, realize her potential, and seek more than the limited opportunities offered for women in a small east Texas town. Will Emily stay in New London, or go to college and enter the wider world?
Through Layered Limestone:
a Texas Hill Country anthology of place
Through Layered Limestone: a Texas Hill Country anthology of place features poetry, prose and photography that sets readers firmly in the allure and beauty of the Texas Hill Country. Through history and descriptive narratives, the anthology brings to life the fullness of living in this unique landscape. Laura’s photo appears on the cover, and she has two other photos inside, as well as her poem, “The Old Sanitarium,” and a short story, “Teapot Rock.” All proceeds benefit the Dietert Historical Archives at the Patrick Heath Public Library, Boerne, Texas. Order your copy today!