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Children’s Author, Mother & Grandmother

About Laura Harrison Fisher Herbst

Laura Harrison (1934–1976) grew up on a farm in southeastern Idaho, outside Malad City. The fourth child in a family of eight, and a descendent of hard-working Mormon pioneer stalk, she describes herself as an “in-betweener ... too young to be wanted in the games of the older children and too old to enjoy playing with the younger ones.” She wrote from her experiences living in the rural American West and the experiences of her own young children.

In 1956 she received her BA degree from Brigham Young University. She and her husband Roger Don Fisher (born July 25, 1928) lived in Laramie, Wyoming, where Roger was a professor of visual media at the state university, until his untimely death in 1972. In 1974, she married Gerhard “Geri” Raymund Herbst, a genial emigré, war veteran, man of letters, and a veritable surfeit of stories. She wrote and published four children’s novels and was working on a fifth at the time of her passing. She is survived by a daughter and three sons, and—as of 2018—seven grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons, and four great-granddaughters.

Children’s Novels

Amy and the Sorrel Summer, 1964

(Description forthcoming.)

You Were Princess Last Time, 1965

(Description forthcoming.)

Never Try Nathaniel, 1968

(Description forthcoming.)

Charlie Dick, 1972.

About 38,000 words or 165 pages.

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Charlie Dick is your typical Great-Depression-era boy: full of energy and mischief, willing to work for even small sums of money, and full of ideas for how he will spend it. His plans take a turn when his father hires a hard-working, likeable man instead of his own ten-year-old son. Join Charlie Dick and his four sisters as they grow up more than they expected during the course of one summer, on a beautiful farm in the rugged middle of nowhere of Wyoming.