Laurie Blalock Vanzura (born Texas, USA) is an American author of contemporary romance novels, first under the pseudonym Laura Anthony, and now as Lori Wilde.
Laurie Blalock was born in Texas, USA. She wrote her first short story at age eight, and finished her first novel four years later. At sixteen, she submitted a story to Alfred Hitchcock Magazine. Although it was rejected, she received a handwritten note telling her to keep writing. She continued to write, finishing 60 short stories over the next 10 years, persisting even while attending nursing school. All of her short stories were rejected, and a writing teacher finally suggested, in 1990, that she try to write a novel. Wilde took the teacher's advice, and in 1994 sold her second completed work to Silhouette Romance under the pseudonym Laura Anthony. Wilde wrote 11 novels under that name, with one becoming a finalist for the Romance Writers of America RITA Award.
Until 2004, Wilde wrote category romances for Harlequin, primarily in their Duet and Blaze lines. Her first single title, License to Thrill, was published in 2003. Wilde has been nominated three times for Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, for Coaxing Cupid, Packed With Pleasure, and Santa's Sexy Secret. She has also been nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in series love and laughter...
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