Laura's writing background has honed her editorial eye and has driven her enthusiasm for discovering and developing literary talent. She studied creative writing and anthropology at Northwestern University. As a writer, she has participated in workshops at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. She is the recipient of a Kentucky Emerging Artist Award for fiction writing.
Laura grew up in a small town in Kentucky and maintains a fondness for Southern biscuits and unobstructed views of the stars.
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And now Laura Biagi faces the 7 Questions:
Question Seven: What are your top three favorite books?Oh gosh, I can't list just three! The Harry Potter books will always top my list because they made such a huge impact on me. The level of world building J.K. Rowling did for the books and the incredible story she wove never fail to astound me. I think Rowling was the first to prove to me everything books could be.
I'm very eclectic in my taste, but strong writing and incredible characters are the most important to me. So, in the adult realm, I'd place Blindness by Jose Saramago among my top favorites; it's a dark, literary apocalyptic novel. I'd also put The Shipping News by Annie Proulx up there; Proulx creates amazing characters. And I loved No One Belongs Here More Than You by Miranda July. It's edgy and kept surprising me, taking me further than I ever expected it would go, brilliantly.
Other books on my favorite list in the kids' realm include Bringing Nettie Back by Nancy Hope Wilson, Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. All have wonderful character development and are well-told stories.
Question Six: What are your top three favorite movies and television shows?
The TV shows I love usually do a great job of pairing character crises with plot crises--using both to illuminate the other. TV-wise, past favorites include House M.D. and the early seasons of Glee. A more recent favorite has been Graceland, which has some fantastic character development and twists.
Question Five: What are the qualities of your ideal client?
Question Four: What sort of project(s) would you most like to receive a query for?
Kids-wise, I'm looking for a great story with great characters that's well told. It sounds generic, but it's true. Again, I'd love something that has a bit of a magical realism flavor (which doesn't mean straight fantasy), a bit in the vein of another of our agency books, Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, and Larkin Reed. I skew more toward the literary side of YA rather than the commercial side.
Question Three: What is your favorite thing about being an agent? What is your least favorite thing?
My least favorite thing is probably the various administrative odds and ends--they can sometimes be menial, but everyone has to do them to keep business functioning!
Question Two: What one bit of wisdom would you impart to an aspiring writer? (feel free to include as many other bits of wisdom as you like)
Question One: If you could have lunch with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? Why?
Hmm, well I suppose it would have to be J.K. Rowling. I'd love to pick her brain about how she created such an astounding, complex world in the Harry Potter books and what her inspiration was. And I'm curious to hear, in her own words, how she was able to keep persisting as a writer--she has quite an amazing success story! And of course I'd also ask about her adult books, the writing process for them, her inspiration, etc. I guess this would have to be a long lunch!