Laura Alary

Laura Alary

Writing stories that make us bigger on the inside

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Breathe: Cover Reveal!

One of the most exciting stages in ushering a new book into the world is seeing the cover for the first time (because we all know we really do judge a book by its cover). I had seen some sketches for the interior art of Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time so I knew it was going to be good, but I did not know what image would be chosen for the cover, or what it would look like in its final form. I am thrilled with the result! Cathrin Peterslund has done beautiful work and I can hardly wait to see the rest of her illustrations for this book.

Watch for it in Spring 2021 from Paraclete Press!

Drawing God Kids Book Club

August 15, 2020


I am delighted to have been invited by Karen Kiefer, author of Drawing God, to take part in her virtual book club this fall. On September 21st at 7:00pm EST I will be presenting a behind-the-scenes look at What Grew in Larry’s Garden and talking a bit about growing kindness, compassion, and mindfulness in our own communities. For more information and to register, click here.

Larry in the Globe and Mail

August 15, 2020


I had a pleasant surprise when I discovered that What Grew in Larry’s Garden was included in this selection of recommended books for back-to-school. Special thanks to Jeffrey Canton and The Globe and Mail for helping promote the work of Canadian writers, illustrators, and publishers.

I spy another cool connection here: the illustrator of another of the books featured here will be illustrating my next book with Kids Can Press. I won’t say who it is yet, but I look forward to being able to share some images when they are available. You can read the Globe article here.


July 29, 2020

Bees and butterflies visit our garden. We chose plants they love_Black-Eyed Susan. Echinacea. Bee Balm.Without these tiny creatures to pollinate our trees and plants,we would have no flowers or fruit.Imagine a world

When I started to write Breathe it was with the intention of focusing on the biblical stories (yes, there are more than one) of Pentecost. But I soon found myself drawn far more into exploring not so much the event itself, but its implications. What does it mean to feel the Spirit dwelling in you? What does it mean to recognize its presence in others? In the natural world?  The truth is, we are all connected in intricate–and terrifying, because connection implies vulnerability–ways. Whether or not we identify with particular religious traditions, or even consider ourselves people of faith, we can all honour that connection and look upon our environment with gratitude and reverence.

Playing with Canva

July 25, 2020

I like how the sea and I can both make something beautiful from broken pieces. Maybe the Spirit does that too.And just to convince myself I can learn new things, I have been playing around with Canva and creating some images I can share on social media.

This one features a glass mosaic I made many years ago on Prince Edward Island.

New Book Announcement: Breathe…

July 25, 2020

I like how the sea and I can both make something beautiful from broken pieces. Maybe the Spirit does that too.-3I am very excited to announce that my two books with Paraclete Press, Make Room and Look! will be joined by a third.

Breathe: A Child’s Guide to Ascension, Pentecost, and the Growing Time will be launched in April 2021.

I will be sharing bits and pieces from the book as we draw closer to publication. I look forward to being able to share some glimpses of the artwork by Cathrin Peterslund. But for this particular post, I am grateful to artist and fellow Paraclete author, Roger Hutchison, for letting me use his beautiful painting, “Thinking About the Sea”.

You can see more of Roger’s work here.

And check out Cathrin Peterslund’s other work on her website here.

Memes, memes, and more memes…

July 24, 2020


To see things in the seed, that is genius. Lao Tzu

I am trying to learn new things, including how to create shareable images using quotations and illustrations from my books. Here is my first effort. Of course, after struggling through my first one for Facebook, I realized I had to redo everything for Twitter and Instagram. More practice! I am preparing a series of these for my upcoming book with Paraclete Press, so feel free to follow me on Instagram, Twitter (@LauraAlary1) or FB (@lauraalaryauthor).