In addition to contributing to The Writing Bug, Laura writes literary fiction and humor. She is a two-time winner of the Hecla Award for Speculative Fiction from the Colorado Writing School. She has three completed manuscripts, which she occasionally takes out of a drawer and dusts: Racing for Racineis edgy literary fiction. (S)he and WC is an edgy YA historical fantasy. The Kid From the Other Sideis edgy literary suspense. (Who says Laura doesn’t have a brand?)
She holds a magna cum laude Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from The American University and a summa cum laude (no more slacking) Master of Science in Management from Colorado Technical University. She’s had a number of exciting jobs both stateside and overseas, and she did a short but memorable stint in the U.S. Army, but now she’s fully given her heart to writing and to world peace in equal measure.
Laura’s short fiction, poetry, and personal essays appear in a number of publications, to include: Still Coming Home(Veterans, Refugees, and Spouses), Sunrise Summits, The Daily Abuse and Fish anthologies; Flash! A Celebration of Short Fiction; and Writing for Peace’s DoveTales. Her family-friendly story, “Firmly Rooted Policy,” is available for checkout as an eBook from Poudre River Libraries. The library generously paid Laura $40 in Downtown Business Association gift cards, the kickoff to her career.
As you’ve probably realized, Laura’s rather chatty. That’s ironic, considering she was invited to read at the 2018 West Cork Literary Festival for her shortest work yet, which stands at exactly 300 words (as does this bio). She’s also the Member Liaison for Northern Colorado Writers. If you haven’t yet received a long-winded email from her, don’t worry. One is surely coming your way soon.
Follow her on Twitter @leela_mahal or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.