About the Author

Lara Strong

Born and raised on Long Island, Lara Strong has an avid interest in local history and the environment. Her first published work was “Quashawam, Sunksquaw of the Shinnecock” (The Long Island Historical Journal. History Dept. SUNY at Stony Brook: Spring 1991), which profiled an important Long Island historical figure.

Writing has been a part of her life since her undergraduate days at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Alongside her studies in English literature, she wrote for the cultural section of the student newspaper. Her senior thesis focused on the use of folklore in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Her interest in the environment was nurtured at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (University of Indiana, Bloomington), where she received a Master of Science degree.

Her creative writing endeavors began in the field of narrative non-fiction. Lara’s essays have appeared in the online journal Literary Mama (http://www.literarymama.com/contributor/lara-strong) and the award-winning Brain, Child Magazine (http://www.brainchildmag.com/2013/04/the-fur-berry-dilemma/). Her short story “Dust,” which focuses on two characters, Grandma and Liza, from her young adult novel Spirit of the Turtle, was first published by Wilderness House Literary Review (http://www.whlreview.com/index-9.1.html) and is available on this website.

Lara wears many hats. She is not only a writer, but a mother of two, an educator, and a translator of texts on art and culture (Hungarian to English) for major Hungarian museums. These days she divides her time between Long Island and Budapest, Hungary.

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