Laurie Boyle Crompton

Laurie Boyle Crompton is the author of many young adult novels including Pretty in Punxsutawney (2019), Freaky in Fresno (2020), The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High (2014) and Love and Vandalism (2017). After moving to New York she began creating activist artwork promoting body love and built the popular website, an anti-starvation imagery site that attracted nearly one thousand unique visitors each week for four years at its height. She graduated from St. John’s University with a BA in English and Journalism, and has written for national magazines like Glamour and Allure, survived a teaching stint at an all-boy high school, and appeared on Good Day New York several times as a Toy Expert. After having lived in Orlando and England, Laurie has made her home in New York with her husband and two children.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“You own everything that happened to you.” (Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird)

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Mary Oliver, Anne Lamott, Jean Killbourne

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

To make a difference in young people’s lives and hopefully provide a laugh or two along the way!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Work tirelessly at your craft. Go ahead and be obsessed with making your writing the very best it can be. Lock the world out at every opportunity. But don’t ever forget to pour most of your love into those things that will love you back!