Featured Interview With Laura Moss White
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Glendale, CA alongside a twin brother. In high school, I was on the
tennis, swimming, and track and field teams. I graduated with honors then went on to play college tennis. I minored in dance with a humanities education degree from Arizona State University.
In 1984 I got married to my college sweetheart. We have two daughters and a pet dog,
named Prince. I used to substitute teach, but now I am an Adapted
Physical Education (APE) Teacher and currently working on my APE master’s degree from Western
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
When I was in elementary school, I started reading, Alfred Hitchcock and the Three
Investigators. I collected almost the entire series. The mystery of the Green Ghost was my
favorite. I even made a creative stitchery book cover of it. I was always writing short stories.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
Robert Arthur, M.V. Carey, & William Arden. My favorite genre to read are cartoons. I am
inspired by Johnny Hawkins’ Daily Lesson in Humor, Mark Parisi’s Off the Mark, Family
Circle, Ziggy, Bizarro and Mother Goose and Grim.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My book is called, Mrs. White’s Sub Snips. It is 60 black and white one-frame cartoons of what a
substitute teacher goes through on a daily basis taken from my 15 years of real-life experiences.
The illustrator is Caitlin Skaalrud. It is from the sub’s point of view. Though, it is comical and
entertaining, it also exposes the ups and the (astonishing) downs of substitute teaching. This
book, which is geared towards adults, is a coloring book. A lot of research has shown how
coloring books relieve stress even for adults.
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