Laurie Cameron

For nearly a quarter of a century, Eliza McCullen lived and traveled throughout many parts of Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America and Asia. She has survived a coup in Honduras, an attempted Al Qaeda attack in Uganda, an army/paramilitary shootout in Malawi, earthquakes, dengue fever and malaria. This has provided fodder for some of her books. Others are inspired by current events or trends.

Her career path was as varied as her geographical wanderings, ranging from social scientist to business manager to editor of the U.S. Embassy newsletter. Two interests have sustained her throughout her many travels: textile arts and writing fiction. She began by writing middle-grade mysteries then moved on to adult novels. Her one requirement when a writing book is that it has a happily-ever-after ending.

McCullen is enjoying life as an empty-nester in Sedona, Ariz., where she and her husband of thirty-plus years have retired amid the majestic red rocks. She has two adult children who share their father's passion for globetrotting. As of this writing, they are launching international careers in finance and public health.

Her newest book is "The Rise of Eagles."


The Rise of Eagles
Mystery / Thrillers
Independently published, KDP
October 2018
ISBN 9781729341711
265 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

"I knew this morning I was in trouble and would be staying up until I finished the book. More/less

The Pearl of Africa Reborn
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Independently published, KDP
July 2019
ISBN 9781095458082
174 pages
The author will make this book available for sale at the Author Pavilion during the Festival.

Uganda, once ruled by the despotic Idi Amin, ravaged by Milton Obote, overthrown by Museveni in a bloody bush war, struggles for peace and security. More/less

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