Carrie La Seur is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Home Place (William Morrow 2014), a winner of the High Plains Book Award and finalist in two categories, a finalist for the Strand Magazine Critics Award for Best First Novel, an IndieNext pick, a Library Journal pick, one of the Great Falls Tribune’s Top 10 Montana Books for 2014, and a Florida SunSentinel Best Crime Fiction pick for 2014. Her writing appears in such diverse media as Daily Beast; the Des Moines Register; Eyes on the International Criminal Court; Grist; the Guardian; Harvard Law and Policy Review; High Country News; Huffington Post; Iowa Farmer Today; Kenyon Review Online; Mother Jones; Oil, Gas, and Energy Law; Salon; and Yale Journal of International Law. Carrie attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop Summer Session and was a 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference Scholar.
Forthcoming in September 2017 is a short story, “Bad Blood”, in a collection titled Montana Noir and in winter 2018 a second novel from William Morrow, The Weight of An Infinite Sky.
Carrie’s résumé includes a degree in English and French magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College, a Rhodes Scholarship, a doctorate in modern languages from Oxford University, and a Yale law degree. She has always been a writer. “The writing comes easily,” she says. “It’s what I’m always doing in the background, whatever else is going on. It’s my resting pulse rate to be scribbling what’s happening in my head. If I didn’t, I’d be wandering the streets talking to myself. Sometimes I do that anyway.”
In 2006, Carrie founded the legal nonprofit Plains Justice, which provides public interest energy and environmental legal services in the northern plains states and played a key role in halting several new coal plants, enacting clean energy reforms, and launching the Keystone XL pipeline campaign. “I’m still involved in Plains Justice, but I went back to private practice in 2012. Running a nonprofit takes a unique blend of selflessness and enough raging narcissism to think you really can change the world. The burnout rate is similar to that of telemarketers.” Carrie is also the founding Board President of This House of Books, a cooperatively-owned independent bookstore in Billings, and a board member for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, a policy think tank.
Carrie maintains a part-time energy and environmental law practice in Montana, where her ancestors settled in 1864. A licensed private pilot and committed introvert, she loves to hike, ski, and fish the Montana wilderness with her family.
Author photo by Dewey Vanderhoff taken at Trail Town, Cody, WY