Born right in the middle of AmericaLaura Thayer grew up as a travel lover and nomad, living in eight different states before making the jump to expat life in southern Italy in 2008. As a young girl, she dreamed of traveling to France and Italy, collected travel books and began a lifelong love affair with photography. She attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she learned how much she loves living in a sailing town and studying languages (Ancient Greek & French). Graduate school pulled her back to the Midwest, where she completed a Masters in Art History at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. During a fateful holiday on the Amalfi Coast, she fell in love with southern Italian architecture and one very special tour guide. She now lives near another sailing town, the seaside village of Amalfi, Italy, where she works as a freelance writer. Life is busy, but in her free time she loves reading fiction (research for the novel underway with her greatest collaborator … her mother!), walking along the ancient pathways on the Amalfi Coast, experimenting in the kitchen with new southern Italian recipes, spoiling one orange, fluffy cat named Puffy, and learning each day a little more about the beautiful Italian language.

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