Laura Beeby

I'm a Canadian-Dutch writer temporarily living in Canada as a caregiver for my elderly father, but my permanent home is in Rotterdam with my Dutch musician husband whom I met in a music forum for fans of the Hollies. My background is in advertising copywriting and, along with my English and History degrees, I have a post-graduate certificate in publishing.

VERONICA PERFECT is my first attempt at fiction writing, born of the pandemic, but I belong to the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and the Board of Directors for the Northwestern Ontario Writers’ Workshop. I’m also a member of the Tuesday Night Dolls memoir writing group run by author and former groupie, Pamela Des Barres. And, although we’ve never met, I’m third cousin to 60s icon, Twiggy!

Award Category
Screenplay Award Category
1965: To win the love of a band’s lead singer, a teen fan beards for its gay guitarist. But when her naïve pursuit exposes deeper secrets, she must either save the band or save herself.
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Annette Crossland Sat, 10/09/2022 - 17:20

I absolutely loved this initial tranche, and would love to read the rest of the manuscript! I still remember having to move to the country when I was 11, I was never happy at school ever again, and music was such a solace, particularly of course The Beatles and Marc Bolan, but also The Doors. I thought this was very well-written both from the teenage perspective, and then from a woman in her mid-thirties. I thought the characters were well-drawn and I could see them in my mind's eye. An accomplished piece of writing.

Gale Winskill Sun, 02/10/2022 - 13:59

I really enjoyed this. The voice of Veronica is very strong, credible and authentic. Her younger self is sufficiently flawed to be interesting and believable, and I loved her snarky attitude to her situation and family, which resonated well. In addition, I liked the contrast with her older self, now in her thirties, who has become more hardened by life's vicissitudes. I would very happily keep reading.