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Writing and theater were Lorna Landvik's twin passions when she was growing up in her hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from high school, she and her best friend traveled in Europe and settled briefly in Bavaria, supporting themselves as hotel chambermaids and English tutors. When she returned to the States, Landvik briefly attended the University of Minnesota before moving to San Francisco, where she performed stand-up and improvisational comedy. Another move took her to Los Angeles, where she worked as a stand-up comic at the Comedy Store and the Improv, then temped at the Playboy Mansion and scouted bands for Atlantic Records. After six years in California, Landvik married Chuck Gabrielson, whom she met at a high school dance back in Minneapolis; their first daughter was born a year later. In 1986, the trio walked across the country with the Great Peace March for Global Disarmament. "A thousand people started the march on the West Coast, but we were stranded in the desert and a core group of about four hundred decided to go on," Landvik recalls. "It ended nine months later with a candlelight vigil at the reflecting pool in Washington, D.C." After the march, Landvik and her husband decided to go home to Minnesota. Landvik, who writes her novels in longhand, has continued to nurture her interest in theater since her return to Minneapolis, appearing in several plays, including Bad Seed, Lunatic Cellmates, and Valley of the Dolls. She also wrote and starred in Glamour Queen, a one-woman show, and On the Lam with Doe and Rae, a two-women show. She is also a proud hockey mom.


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