Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Laura Smith, author of In All Things: Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost

Author Bio:
Laura works as a medical coding and reimbursement specialist in Northern Minnesota. She spent her youth on a small dairy farm in Northeast Minnesota. She was married two weeks after her high school graduation. Three years and two children later, she was facing divorce and single parenthood. She moved to a college town in north central MN where she hoped to earn a degree and make a life for her and her two young daughters. There she met and married the love of her life. Together they embarked on a life together as a ready-made family facing all the challenges that comes with it. They had no idea that the life experiences they walked through early on and one life altering event would prepare them for the ultimate challenge, the possible death of their daughter.

Title: In All Things Giving Thanks When Hope Seems Lost
Author: Laura Smith
ISBN: 1612440401
Page count: 100
Genre: Memoir
Price: 12.99 paperback 4.99 Kindle
Tell us about your book:
In All Things is a witty and raw account of an otherwise normal life filled with incredible challenges that will make you laugh out loud and cry tears of joy and tears of sorrow. You will share in one woman’s spiritual journey through raising a difficult child, longing for a baby only to be told it is not possible and then to experience God’s intervention and devastating loss. Learn how one miraculous encounter with God created an unshakeable faith that would later give her the strength to face life and death with her oldest daughter.

How long did it take to write the book?
It was an ongoing process through the healing after the miscarriage.

What inspired you to write the book?
After sharing my story to a few friends who had experienced similar circumstances, they all said I need to write this down for others and to help them through the healing process.

Talk about the writing process. Did you have a writing routine? Did you do any research, and if so, what did that involve?
For me, I took my journal from the time I lost the baby and through the related circumstances that led me to connect the dots and see God’s hand in all of it. I didn’t have a specific writing habit, it was just as I felt the Lord led me to share, I would write it down.

What do you hope your readers come away with after reading your book?
I hope they see that no matter what happens in our lives that there is always a greater plan than what we could ever hope for or imagine. If we just start asking God “what are you doing?” He will help us to see inside the situations that we face and have the faith and comfort to know that He truly loves us.

Excerpt from book:
We asked a couple of times where Paige was and received vague answers finally, the nurse said the doctor was on her way up to speak with us. I knew at that moment something was not right. She came up the back stairs still in her surgical attire and informed us although the baby was 5 weeks premature and only 3 lbs. 12 oz. she was doing very well, but not Paige. The doctors’ next words were the blow that knocked the air from our lungs. She said the next 24 to 48 hours would be critical. If she survived the night, she had a good chance. I thought to myself, IF? How did we get here? I couldn’t speak; all I could do was pray repeatedly in my mind, “God, save her. Don’t let her die. Please don’t make this little newborn baby girl grow up not knowing what an amazing beautiful mommy she has.”
Where can we go to buy your book?
Halo Publishing, Amazon, Barnes & Knoble. Quite frankly it’s available through almost every online book seller. People can also contact me directly at for an autographed copy.

Any other links or info you'd like to share?
Yes, to follow my Facebook page with updates on the next book I’m working on, “Expect A Miracle”:

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