Laura Nicole Diamond is the award-winning author of the novel SHELTER US, winner of the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award for Literary Fiction, the 2016 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards’ Gold Medal for Fiction (West-Pacific Region), a Finalist for the 2015 Southern California Independent Booksellers Fiction Award, and a 2015 ALA Sophie Brody Award Nominee.
She is the editor of the anthology Deliver Me: True Confessions of Motherhood, a collection of true stories by 20 writers, whose proceeds benefit PATH, a non-profit that help homeless families get back on their feet.
Like many women, my career followed a nonlinear path. I didn’t start as a writer (though I was always a journal keeper). My first career was raising a ruckus as a civil rights lawyer. Then I had my two sons, and the real ruckus began.
Motherhood jump-started my muse, and writing became my professional focus. But I am still an advocate at heart, so after a ten-year hiatus from law, including a stint as the Editor in Chief of L.A. Family Magazine, I returned part-time to practicing civil rights law, which frequently informs my writing, activism, and speaking.
My books deal with topics that motivate (and often confound) me: the trials and joys of motherhood, the crisis of homelessness, and wrestling with how we imperfect humans should respond to the ethical call to do something about it.
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