Who is Laraine and What’s Up with the Monkey?

I’m Laraine Herring, and I’m a writer and a teacher, but really, I’m a conjurer and a magician who helps other conjurers rise up and write the stories that will change their lives. I imagined the world of Fierce Monkey Tribe so I can help more of you do just that.

I’ll never grasp all that writing can teach me, which is humbling and freeing, because it means I will always be learning and growing. I will always be an explorer in this art.

I’ve taught creative writing for over twenty years, working with thousands of students in a variety of settings—from kindergarten through graduate school, in retreat centers like The Omega Institute, the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and 1440 Multiversity, and as a one-on-one mentor, and through on-line courses and webinars.

 And I write books. Seven so far, including Writing Begins with the Breath, and The Writing Warrior, and On Being Stuck: Tapping into the Creative Power of Writer’s Block, the latter two of which have been named best books for writers by Poets & Writers Magazine.

Fiction is my passion. I’ve written three novels: Ghost Swamp Blues; Gathering Lights: A Novel of San Francisco, and Into the Garden of Gethsemane, Georgia, and my work has won the Barbara Deming Award for Women and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

I also have a full-time job as a college professor. I hold an MFA in Fiction Writing and an MA in Counseling Psychology. I love cats (especially orange ones), Tim Curry as Dr. Frank N. Furter, and musical theater. I fell in love with yoga and completed yoga teacher training. I read Toni Morrison and Carole Maso and felt the language of sentences explode. I read Robert McCammon and Dennis Lehane and understood the power of story and suspense. The ocean waves make me cry, but even glamping is too rustic for my taste. I like libraries, 500 thread count sheets, monkeys, Chagall, road trips, and the Delta Blues. And when I realigned my life so that writing and teaching came first, my whole world cracked open.

I made Fierce Monkey Tribe for you. Because your writing needs you. And the world needs what only you can write.