Laurie Notaro: Biography

Laurie Notaro

Laurie Notaro is a number one New York Times bestselling author. She was born in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Phoenix, Arizona after her family moved when she was 7. She attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in journalism. After leaving college, she went to work for The Arizona Republic as a columnist, a job she held for 10 years.

Laurie Notaro sent the manuscript of her first book, The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club, to seventy different editors, and she received seventy different rejection letters. She eventually published the book herself, without proper editing so it was full of mistakes. An agent contacted Notaro a few months after she self-published, and within 3 days had sold both her first books to a publisher.

The Idiot Girls’ Action-Adventure Club is a collection of autobiographical essays. It is the culmination of a decade of working as a columnist, sharing her autobiographical anecdotes with the people of Arizona. She has written several other collections of essays and articles, as well as two comic novels. She has also written a historical novel called Crossing the Horizon which follows the story of Amelia Earhart in her preparations to become the first woman to cross the Atlantic piloting a plane.

Notaro, her husband and their dog, now live in Eugene, Oregon and is a full time author. She is a huge fan of Mexican food. She is now represented by the Gallery Imprint of Simon & Schuster. She offers humour writing workshops for budding authors, and often organises group trips out for Mexican food afterwards.