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First In-Person Reading!!

Posted on April 14, 2021 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (2)

Publishers Weekly

Posted on December 23, 2020 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (3)

My column about my safe book launch is featured on Publishers Weekly this week!

Stocking Stuffer!!

Posted on November 27, 2020 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Brave Sir Grace battles the big blizzard! This cool illustration by Kjersten L. Niskanen is one of my very favorites from our picture book. I'm just a little prejudice, but if you need a special stocking stuffer this Christmas, Sir Grace and the Big Blizzard w...

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TV Interview about Sir Grace

Posted on September 9, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I actually put on make-up, ironed my clothes, fixed my hair (sort of), and wore a surgical mask up until my five minute TV interview on Studio 3. Quite a switch from my go-to-the-grocery-store wrinkled shorts and T-shirts, sandals, pony tail, grape chapstick, sunglasses, and folded bandana with a coffee filter inside. Still, seeing my weary self on TV ...

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Premiere Video: Two Poems

Posted on August 30, 2020 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (2)

Carl Hamlin from the West Huntington Branch Library in Huntington, West Virginia, asked if he could use a couple of my poems for an upcoming project. I agreed, and here are the creative results! Click on the link below and take a look! 

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Feature Story About Launch

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Social distance book launch Saturday

Lee Ward | The Daily Independent Aug 12, 2020 Updated Aug 12, 2020


HUNTINGTON Author Laura Bentley’s ...

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Publication Day for Sir Grace!!!

Posted on July 17, 2020 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (2)

Happy, happy, joy, joy! Today’s the day!!! My first picture book, illustrated by the amazing Kjersten L. Niskanen, is now available for purchase! Here’s what award-winning picture book author and poet Anna Smucker had to say about Sir Grace and ...

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Posted on July 8, 2020 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Debut Picture Book!

Posted on July 6, 2020 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The cover reveal for my first picture book is tomorrow July 7, 2020.

It's called SIR GRACE AND THE BIG BLIZZARD, and it was illustrated by the amazing Kjersten Niskanen! Stay tuned!!!

St. Patrick's Day Reading Cancellation

Posted on March 15, 2020 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)


To read or not to read, that is the question. After a lot of soul searching, I've decided to cancel my St. Patrick's Day reading at Taylor Books this Tuesday because of the coronavirus. Only a pandemic could keep me away!!! In t...

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Posted on December 30, 2019 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)



Flashback to 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Silver Tattoo: an Interview with Laura Treacy Bentley by Zoe Ferraris


Between 2000 and 2004, I belonged to a writer's group, the Rogues, that had a dramatically positive influence on my writing. So it delights me to announce that this year, three of the writers from this group have books coming out. I am so proud of my fellow writers, knowing the work that has gone i...

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The Lakefront Magazine

Posted on April 6, 2019 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (0)

I was thrilled to be the Garrett County Arts Council's "Artist of the Month" in the March edition of The Lakefront Magazine

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Interview on WV Author

Posted on December 8, 2018 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been meaning to post this interview on my blog for months. So, here it is. Cat Pleska, noted writer, is interviewing me at the Culture Center in Charleston, West Virginia, for her first episode of  "WV Author" with Cat as the new host:


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Q&A with me on Janet Emson's UK book blog

Posted on February 4, 2018 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (1)

I am delighted to be a featured author on Janet Emson's wonderful UK book blog called "From First Page to Last." Take a look! ( The link is in the first comment.)

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Signing with Nora Roberts!

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

On September 16, 2017, I'll be signing with Nora Roberts at her Turn The Page Bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland.

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Win a Free Signed Copy!

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (1)

Enter to win a free signed copy from Goodreads of Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by clicking on this link:

More Than Words

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am delighted to be a featured writer at "More Than Words" in Hurricane, West Virginia, at 6pm on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at Hidden Creek Mercantile. Come join us!



Posted on March 9, 2017 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)


 Mountain State Press, Inc., announces their latest publication: Looking For Ireland: An Irish-Appalachian Pilgrimage by Laura Treacy Bentleyhttp://www.mount...

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New Interview

Posted on September 23, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)