Laura grew up in the suburbs of London. Her first novel A Monster by Violet will be published in autumn 2016. She has also won several writing prizes, and is writing her second novel.

She likes books that shake her, and stay with her after reading. Patrick McCabe, Vladimir Nabokov, Katherine Dunn, Pedro Juan Gutierrez, Jennifer Clement, and Per Petterson are just a few authors that have blown her away. She aims to write stories that she would want to read, and that are unflinchingly truthful to their characters.

Laura teaches Creative Writing at Sheffield Hallam University and for the Workers’ Educational Association. She lives in Sheffield with her partner, two cats, and a free ranging rabbit.

You can find out more about Laura on her website, or follow her on Twitter.