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Laura Resnick was born in Chicago, as were many famous gangsters. When she was a teenager, her family moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where (according to Mark Twain) everything happens ten years later. Which explains Laura’s relationship with her deadlines.

A cum laude graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied languages and linguistics, Laura speaks French and Italian. After college, she moved overseas for a few years, where she studied acting at London’s Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, worked various odd jobs in England (one of which required her to sign the British Secrets Act), volunteered on a kibbutz in Israel, and taught English in Italy.



Having grown up in a writer’s house (she is the daughter of science fiction author Mike Resnick), Laura swore the one career she would never pursue was writing. She’d seen close-up what a godawful lifestyle writing is and how deeply weird most writers become due to years of dealing with pirates, rapists, and thieves (a.k.a. “publishers”). But despite that vow, she somehow wound up writing for a living.

Laura's epic fantasy novels include In Legend Born; The White Dragon, which made the "Year's Best" lists of Publishers Weekly  and Voya; and The Destroyer Goddess, which Publishers Weekly describes as "a marvel of storytelling." She began her career under the pseudonym Laura Leone, as the award-winning author of more than a dozen romance novels, though she no longer writes romance.

Laura is also the author of Rejection, Romance, and Royalties: The Wacky World of a Working Writer, a collection of her columns and essays on the craft and business of writing professionally. And she has written dozens of articles and short stories, as well as A Blonde In Africa, which is an account of her eight-month journey across the continent.

Uniting her multi-genre talents in a new project, Laura wrote Disappearing Nightly, the first book of the Esther Diamond urban fantasy series, which combines fantasy, romance, comedy, and mystery. Subsequent releases in this series include Doppelgangster, Unsympathetic Magic, Vamparazzi, Polterheist, The Misfortune Cookie, and Abracadaver (November 2014), and there will be more Esther Diamond misadventures thereafter.

In addition to her fiction commitments, Laura is (still) finishing a master's degree in journalism. During 2006, she interned at a news bureau in Jerusalem, and during 2007-2008, she served on the Board of Directors of Novelists, Inc. (Ninc), an international organization of professional novelists. She currently writes an opinion column for Ninc's monthly journal, Nink.

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