Lorna Landvik is the author of nine novels, including the best-selling Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Oh My Stars, and The View From Mt. Joy.
Her tenth novel, Best to Laugh will be released in the fall of 2014, as well as a reissue of Mayor of the Universe.
Raised in Minneapolis, MN, Landvik had wanted to be a writer from the time she learned how to read in the 1st grade. She was encouraged in these efforts by her parents and teachers, particularly her sixth grade teacher, who would send her poems to a radio program that broadcast student work.
The summer after high school graduation, she worked in a plastic spoon and fork factory to pay for a trip to Europe with her best friend. For nearly a year, they hitchhiked through the continent, supplementing their income by working as chambermaids in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Upon her return to the US, she briefly attended the U of Minnesota, before departing for San Francisco, where she performed stand-up comedy.
In Los Angeles, she continued to perform improvisational and stand-up comedy at The Comedy Store, The Improv and many other clubs. To earn the living that performance wasn’t yet providing, she waitressed and temped, working at movie studios and record companies, and, for several very interesting months, at the Playboy Mansion. (It was strictly a clerical position.)
In Los Angeles, she and her husband had their first daughter and her birth inspired them to become members of ‘The Great Peace March for Global Nuclear Disarmament.’ One thousand people began the march, but after funding fell through, over half of the marchers left, leaving 450 people to walk across the country in a grass roots movement. She considers the nine months she spent living in a tent a boot camp of sorts, although she was dazzled by the physical beauty of this country and the warmth of its people. She is also thrilled that there has been no nuclear war.
Moving back to Minneapolis, where her second daughter was born, she began work on her first novel, the critically-acclaimed Patty Jane’s House of Curl. She became a cast member of Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop, a comedy and improvisational theater and has written and starred in several plays, including On the Lam with Do and Re, The Smelt Princess and Glamour Queen. She continues to work as an actor and playwright, most currently in a one-woman, all-improvised show called, Party in the Rec Room. She is also, along with columnist Gail Rosenblum, a co-host of Reading Goddess Radio, an on-air book club which she hopes -- people would love it! -- have a radio home soon.