Children’s book author Laurie Roy will serve as marshal of the Fair Bluff Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 11 a.m.
A native of Tennessee, but raised in Greensboro, Laurie moved to Whiteville in 1988. She has worked for The News Reporter in Whiteville for 24 years. She also works at PURPLEologist, an all purple store, at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., and the North Myrtle Beach Times and Loris Times newspapers.
Roy and her husband, George Roy, also owned and operated Yokos Hibachi in downtown Fair Bluff until both historic floods forced them out. Plans are in the works for reopening (maybe in the Tabor City area) in the near future.
Despite working many jobs and multiple hours, Laurie finds time to draw and paint and write children’s books and country songs.
She has won numerous awards and ribbons, including Best of Show, 1st places, 2nd places and 3rd places on her artwork in local and regional fairs and festivals.
She has written and published three children’s books: “The King and the Purple Dragon,” “The Queen and the Purple Dragon” and “Purple Penguin’s Perfect Purple Party.” She is currently in the process of publishing her fourth book. In her latest venture, she has recently written a song that was recorded by Nashville Song Service.
After the parade, Roy will give a book reading and will autograph books for purchase