Laura McBride is the author of the 2014 debut novel We Are Called to Rise, which was a #1 Indie Next pick and a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writer's choice in the United States, and both a Simon Mayo BBCRadio2 Book Club selection and a Waterstones Book Club pick in the UK.  We Are Called to Rise is a popular choice for One Book programs, and Laura has been invited to travel widely to discuss the issues raised by the story.  She teaches composition and literature at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas.