Laura Schaefer

Laura Schaefer is the author of The Teashop Girls, The Secret Ingredient, and Littler Women: A Modern Retelling. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Laura currently lives in Windermere, Florida, with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys visiting theme parks and watching rocket launches from her front yard. Visit her online at and


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Babysitters’ Club series

What’s your favorite line from a book?

A story was something you made up out of something that might have happened. Only you didn’t tell it like it was, you told it like you thought it should have been. –from A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Emily St. John Mandel, Rebecca Stead, Ann Patchett

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

Of everything on Earth, I’ve always and consistently paid the most attention to books. They are my comfort, my growth, and my entertainment.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Give yourself space and time to write on a regular basis and trust that if you keep the portal to the universe open (whatever that means to you), interesting ideas will flow to you.

Also, you cannot write well if you don’t read a lot. And I mean A LOT.