Laura was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies. Both of them encouraged her to finger-paint to her heart’s desire, colour outside of the lines, and consider the library a second home. This led to an overabundance of daydreams. She relocated to Scotland to be with her husband, whom she met on the internet when he insulted her taste in books. She almost blocked him but is glad she didn’t. Her debut YA novel, PANTOMIME, was published by Strange Chemistry in 2013. Her most recent novel, FALSE HEARTS, was published by Macmillan UK and Tor US in summer 2016.