“When you fight a violent and mean enemy, it’s difficult not to become violent and mean yourself,” an old friend advised Bobby Fallon.
Bobby is a trickster–half human, half nature spirit of the wild hare clan. He is also the guardian of a remnant of old growth forest near a small town in northern Wisconsin. He lives a marginal existence as a card shark, shoplifter, and small time criminal while participating in the secret culture of the forest spirits. His small town life is thrown into danger when his effort to get his friend Arne out of jail leads to involvement in crimes out of his normal range of misbehavior.
Laura is a writer and artist and lives with her husband and family of dogs on an island in Puget Sound. Her first book, The Dog Thief and Other Stories, was listed in Kirkus Review as one of the One Hundred Best Indy Publications of 2015. Since then, she has written two more novels and a nonfiction book.
The non-fiction book, I Once Was Lost but Now I’m Found, is an account of the rescue of 127 dogs from the notorious Olympic Animal Sanctuary, an effort that took a year and involved protests, assaults, arrests, and lawsuits before the dogs were finally liberated on Christmas Day.
Her second novel, Limbo, is a fantasy about a dead teenager who decides to throw a neighborhood block party for her small corner of the afterlife. Publisher’s Weekly described Limbo as “a slow, captivating exploration of life, death, and the place of kindness and forgiveness in the salvation of the spirit.”
Eclipse Dancer, her third novel, is the first in a planned quartet featuring interactions between nature spirits and ordinary life. The nature spirits are loosely based on a combination of Native American spirituality and the fairies of Northern European tradition. A winner of an honorable mention in the 2019 Readers’ Views Literary contest, Eclipse Dancer earned this praise from reviewer S.L. Hoyte: “Combining elements of fantasy with hard-core human issues, many relevant in today’s world, Koerber takes the reader on a magical journey as down-to-earth as it is out-of-this-world…The author has an extraordinary talent for transporting the reader directly into her story. Her voice is distinct and rich with tones both inviting and unsettling at the same time. And, while the author excels at getting inside the heart and soul of her readers, the connection garnered by what remains unsaid is remarkable. The writing is descriptive and artistic, without being flowery or overdone, and leaving just enough room to incorporate snippets of one’s own imagination. Some things are just not taught and Koerber’s writing is one of those things–she has a gift.”