2013 Book Festival Author
Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer is the author of The Teashop Girls and The Secret Ingredient, novels that focus on three young girls, Annie, Genna, and Zoe, and the teashop, Steeping Leaf, where Annie works for her grandmother. The books follow the lives of the girls as they move away from childhood and into the growing independence, responsibilities, and relationships of the teenage years. Schaefer has also written fiction under the pen name Avery Sawyer, including the novel Notes to Self, about a teenager with traumatic brain injury, and The Forever Contract, a young adult dystopian novella.

In addition to her creative writing, Schaefer writes nonfiction for a variety of publications, including Princeton Review and Match.com. She is the founder of Planet Explorers, which specializes in publishing e-book travel guides for kids. Popular titles in the series include: Planet Explorers Chicago, Planet Explorers Smithsonian, and Universal Orlando Resort: a Planet Explorers Travel Guide for Kids.

Schaefer lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband Brad. Her favorite type of tea is English Breakfast with lots of milk and sugar.

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