About the Author


Laurie Friedman is an author of over 40 award-winning books for children and Tweens. Laurie writes the popular Mallory McDonald chapter book series for 7-10 year olds. Published by Lerner Publishing Group, the series currently includes 25 titles. Laurie has a new journal format series for older readers entitled, The Mostly Miserable Life of April Sinclair. Laurie has also written many rhyming picture books.

Early Life

Laurie Friedman was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas on January 28, 1964. She grew up in Pine Bluff, Arkansas and was the oldest of three girls. As a young girl, Laurie spent many hours under the magnolia tree in her back yard writing stories. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana where she studied literature, and the Sorbonne in Paris, France. Laurie spent many years working in the advertising industry and was a free-lance writer for a variety of newspapers and magazines. She lives in Miami, Florida, has two children, and is a frequent speaker at schools across the country.


Laurie Friedman says that growing up she always liked reading realistic fiction and still does. “It makes me feel better when I read about a character going through something similar to what I’m going through, and seeing how that character handles the situation.” As an author, nothing makes her happier than receiving letters from fans telling her they can identify with her characters. Growing up, she always kept a journal and often writes about the things that happened to her when she was younger. She also likes to write about things that happened to her own children when they were the ages of her characters.


In addition to writing books, Laurie Friedman loves to read, dance, hike, do yoga, bake, watch movies, go to the beach and spend time with her family and adorable rescue dog, Riley.

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