We had the good fortune of connecting with Laurie Fagen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Laurie, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I have long been a risk-taker, and am typically challenged by and rarely afraid of risk. Leaving a good-paying job with great benefits to start my own writing business? Big risk. Juggling three businesses at the same time? Risky and crazy. Choosing to have a child at age 39? Well worth the risk.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Quilting attracted me while I was needing something to do while my son was watching “Barney” for the 19th time. I started learning traditional hand-quilting and hand-piecing, but soon found an art quilt group and I was “home.” Creating my own designs, using a myriad of surface designs available and personalizing commission work are what keeps me going. Polymer clay came along when I was looking for embellishments for my art quilts, and I was soon hooked on making about anything I could imagine from polymer and metal clay. I started my business “Fagen Designs” to support my addiction to fabric and thread! I started writing crime fiction novels a few years ago, and while it’s been challenging to write during the pandemic, I’ve enjoyed creating the characters and stories in my first two novels, “Fade Out” and “Dead Air” and hope to continue on book #3, “Bleeder,” soon. Because I needed something more positive to work on during the pandemic, I created a web series called “AZ Creates!” to highlight creatives in Arizona. It’s a twice-monthly show we started in September, and has been such fun to produce. I’m also working with my editor/composer son, Devon Hancock, which is a treat, as well as a dear friend, Cathy Beard, who is also the show’s co-host. I was a professional classic jazz singer for a number of years, but am doing only select projects currently.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We would probably hop in the car and drive to San Diego to hang out at the beach. Eating seafood, relaxing, walking the beach and listening to the ocean would be the priorities.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My late father, Lowell V. Fagen, was one of my biggest cheerleaders and encouragers right up until his death in 2019. I get my “positive mental attitude” from him, as well as my workaholic tendencies. I learned entrepreneurship and leadership from him, among many other qualities. Kudos to other art and writing organizations that adapted with grace and flexibility during the pandemic to connect with others, including Mavericks, San Diego Polymer Clay Guild, Sisters in Crime, Sonoran Arts League and Ocotillo Artists Guild.
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Laurie Fagen studio shot by Lauri Koo, Lauri Koo Fine Art & Photography All art photos by Laurie Fagen.