Laura grew up in the forest outside her family home and the imaginary worlds inside her head. After graduating cum laude with a BA in English and creative writing from the University of Colorado-Boulder, she took a job teaching English in Florence, Italy. It was in the Tuscan hills where her love of writing and traveling merged into a career, one that sent her exploring hidden gardens off the tourist maps, and secrets hiding behind façades. She’s been fortunate to write for wonderful publications and attend great workshops along the way, including the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Paris Writers’ Workshop summer programs.
Her first YA fantasy series, NOTLOB, is a souvenir of her travels: a celebration of the places she’s gone and the people she’s met. Set against the backdrop of her native Missouri, the story collides the two worlds she knows best, connecting people and cultures through the thread of creativity.