Laura Bray, a freelance writer and photographer for more than thirty years, focuses on community interest, history, food/wine, travel, and business topics. She also enjoys researching Texas history and her deep east Texas family roots.
Her work appeared in "Through Layered Limestone: a Texas Hill Country anthology of place," published in October 2019 by the Patrick Heath Public Library. She has also written several articles of historical interest for Texas Highways magazine, including “A Glimpse of the Good Old Days at The Grove,” “Oveta Culp Hobby,” and “No Picnic” (about the sensational 1877 trial in Jefferson of “Diamond Bessie”). See her full bibliography here.
Born in Midland in 1961, she moved to Houston with her family in 1968 and attended Texas A&M University (graduating in 1982). After fifteen years of living outside of Texas, she and her husband Bruce returned (for good!) to the Lone Star State with a move to San Antonio in 1998. She currently resides in Boerne, TX, a small Hill Country town with a rich German historical heritage. She and Bruce have one son and two young grandsons who live in Tyler in east Texas.
As a fifth-generation Texan who grew up in the Texas oil industry, the New London School Explosion has filled her imagination for years. She wanted to find a way to bring more attention to this tragic event that few people—Texans or otherwise—know anything about. So she is working on Springs from Winter Rise, her first novel.