After 25 years in community journalism, Laura Conner Kestner embarked on a career in inspirational fiction.  With several books now completed (historical, contemporary romance, and middle grade fiction) and more in the works, Laura is happy to announce that the first of these, Remember Texas, was published in 2018.  It was followed by A Texas Promise, A Texas Moon, A Texas Secret, and, most recently, Fair Haven.  

Born in Fort Worth, Laura now lives in central Texas. She is happily married to the “boy next door” and they have two daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, seven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She’s thankful for God’s grace, her family, and an opportunity to do the work she loves.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys photography, exploring/researching historic sites (and sharing the photos/info on Facebook), visits to museums, watching old movies, reading, and spending time with her family (especially the grandkids).

She is an ACFW Genesis Award winner, an ACFW First Impressions winner,  SWFRW/RWA Joyce Henderson Contest winner, a NWH/RWA Lone Star Writer’s Contest finalist (second place), a SARA Emma Merritt contest winner, a winner in the RWA/KOD 2017 Daphne du Maurier award for excellence in mystery suspense, a Maggie finalist, and winner in the inspirational category of the RWA Southern Magic Linda Howard contest.  Laura was also a 2017 GOLDEN HEART® finalist, a double finalist in 2018, and a 2019 HOLT Medallion finalist. She finaled in the Will Rogers Medallion Award contest in both 2019 and 2020, and won a WRMA Gold Medallion in 2021 for A Texas Moon. She won a Selah Award from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for A Texas Secret in 2023.  

Laura has a Facebook page featuring some of the “places and faces” she’s stumbled across during her writing career, which can be found at