About Laura

Singing at a jam

“My first horse was a Thoroughbred cross gelding named Andy’s Pride. My second was a sweet little Quarter Horse mare named Chic, followed by a Norwegian Fjord mare named Sally (aka Pumpkin Sally), a paint stallion named Patch, and a Quarter horse colt named Shiloh. All have passed over the rainbow now and I am a better person for having had them in my life. Life with critters does that to you.

I wrote One Frosty Christmas in 2001 while recovering from major surgery.  The story was inspired by a young lady that I met while volunteering with Nanaimo Therapeutic Riding and a frostbitten mustang that arrived at Thunderbird Show Park on route from Wyoming to northern British Columbia.  I lost my father to cancer a year before the book’s release. In many ways, Hannah Storey’s learning to cope with loss is based on my own loss of someone I loved dearly.”

Laura grew up a backstage brat in Music Hall Theatre and credits her mother for her love of the arts. She can be found at many a jam on Vancouver Island or backing up friends on stage. Laura has had an adventurous life. She worked in forestry, fish & wildlife, and fire suppression for many years, but when an outhouse became a luxury item, it was time to retire. She then branched out into real estate and law. Laura incorporates some of her adventures while working in forestry and in volunteering with local therapeutic riding associations into her stories. She has also turned her love of singing into narration and narrates her own series of short bedtime stories for children (The Unicorn Daze Series) and is expanding the genres that she writes in.

Whether it’s a horse tale or a wickedly black murder/mystery, Hesse continues to tell stories for all ages in various genres.

Click on this link to view an interview with Laura Hesse by Shaw Cable on Facebook, listen to the 88.5 The Beach radio interview, or meet Laura and learn what inspired her to write The Holiday Series.


Promo Hesse & Sally

Laura & “Pumpkin” Sally – in memory 1986 – 2013