About L. Baumgarten

For me, writing is about finding life. There is a quote from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 that sums it up for me:

Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because . . . [t]his book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You’d find life under the glass, streaming past in infinite profusion.

This quote seeks to define a good book, but I think it can also define the goal of writing. Finding life has long been the purpose behind my own writing. Creating a story lets me fully examine the difficulty of my questions, the fright and confusion of reality. It lets me put life “under the microscope.” And once I’m giving life–real life–such full attention, something wonderful happens. I start to find something beautiful. I find truth, and unexpected hope, “streaming past in infinite profusion.”

This search for life through writing has led me to gain a degree in English education, teach English and writing online, write my own novels, and edit others’ works, including Cece Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera (published by HarperCollins Children’s in 2021).

It has also led me to keep several blogs, including the reflections on this website, as well a sister-blog where I explore compassionate, authentic living within a faith (specifically the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints).

When I am not creating a blog post or a plot, you can find me immersed in a client’s book, learning awe from my children, dissecting the world with my circuit-building husband . . . and maybe even responding to a message from you. If you want to reach out to me about editing, writing, or authentic living, I truly hope you’ll send me a note. Thank you for visiting! 

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