Laurie Coulter is the author of six books for young people including Ballplayers and Bonesetters: One Hundred Ancient Aztec and Maya Jobs You Might Have Adored or Abhorred (2008).
Laurie grew up in London and Toronto, Ontario. In the winter, she pretended to be a figure skater on her family’s backyard rink, took ballet lessons, and tobogganed in the park across from her house. On summer vacations at the cottage, she and her friends sailed, water-skied, made terrible pizzas, and tried, unsuccessfully, to row around the lake.
Mrs. Jones, her grade 11 English teacher, encouraged her to write after reading a story she wrote. In university, Laurie helped a friend with an essay and discovered a second way to play with words—editing. In her career as a non-fiction book editor, she has worked with prime ministers, actors, artists, chefs, photographers, boat builders, doctors, biologists, and historians. When she first began writing books, it seemed strange being a book's author rather than its editor!
In her spare time, Laurie likes gardening, canoeing, hiking, visiting zoos and museums, playing badminton and board games, reading, and doing crossword puzzles.
Laurie and her husband have two grown children and divide their time between their home in Toronto and a cottage near Algonquin Park.