About Lara /Book Review Policy

About Me

My name is Lara Lee. I’m a graphic designer, wife, mother, author, cook, crafter, and geek. I wrote the book Gryphendale, The Shadow of the Gryphon, The Gryphon’s Handmaiden, and illustrated Zip and the Golden Trombone. The Adventures of Sage GoliadThe Gryphon of Stone, The Secrets of Cinnamon Cinderguard, and Fidelia are all coming soon!

Being a writer is a dream come true for me. You see, I am dyslexic and thought I would never write professionally. I failed every spelling test I took and still struggle with spelling. Luckily, writing is about ideas and we can overcome difficulties in time (and with a little help from spell-checks and editors!). As a mother of a son with autism and a son who is deaf, overcoming difficulties and having hope is a theme in my writing.

Flowers gather from around a lake in Ocoee Florida USA
Flowers gather from around a lake in Ocoee Florida USA.

I grew up in Florida with my head stuck in various books until I ran away to Oral Roberts University to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design and a husband. Then I worked professionally with the children’s curriculum publisher, Mentoring Minds in Texas before following my husband on a crazy adventure in Scotland for four years. Bitten by wanderlust at a young age, I have lived in three states and four countries and have visited even more destinations with insatiable curiosity. Currently, I live in Texas (again) with my husband and two sons who all regularly participate in my misadventures and random schemes.

This blog, started in 2011, has grown with me over the years. It has followed me to Scotland where my first sons were born and my husband got his Ph.D. It has moved with me to Florida and Texas where my youngest son was born. It has followed my continually changing interests and various curiosities. Currently, it focuses on book reviews and my writing career.

Why Do I Write

I write optimistic stories. I am a fan of fantasy, but sometimes fantasy can get dark and depressing. I often hear about teens dealing with anxiety, depression, and even suicide. What I want people to get from my stories is that there is always hope no matter how dark things get. I try to create people who are complex and not perfect, yet things can work out even when they aren’t “good enough.” A hero isn’t someone who is more talented and special than anyone else. A hero is a person who doesn’t give up, no matter what life has given them. Hope and perseverance is the message in all my books.

It’s cruel how the world tries to steal hope from children, especially those with disabilities, and replace it with messages that everything is out of control and falling apart. By the time they become teenagers, many of them become jaded and hopeless. God is always in control, even when we can’t see it.

I write for young adults because that is such an important time in a person’s life. Young adults say the most unique observations which are often very accurate in their own way. It helps me look at the world differently like a stranger in a foreign land. Adults often like the same thing as children with more mature language and a little blindness from their experiences. Young adults straddle the line between childhood and adulthood, trying to understand the difference. A good story engages everyone and helps everyone visualize what they could be with a little, faith, hope, and courage.

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Book Reviews

I review many kinds of books, but I only accept clean young adult novels from authors. I prefer fantasy, but I have reviewed science fiction and other genres if they interest me. Currently, I am seeking out young adult fiction books that have children with disabilities. This is a special int I only post about books I like and reserve the right to turn down any book that doesn’t interest me. I may also be willing to post blog tours. Contact me using the form below if you think you have a book I might be interested in.

You can follow me on Amazon, and Goodreads:

Lara Lee’s GoodReads Author’s page

amazon.com/author/laralee

If you would like to contact me with questions, commits, or anything to do with my books, feel free to use the form below. May you be touched by the Gryphon’s wing!

The Adventures of Sage Goliad 

(A FREE Anthology of Humorous Short Stories predating his appearance in the novel, Gryphendale)

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Click Here For Your Free Copy at Smashwords!

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