The Short Story
Laura Roberts can leg-press an average-sized sumo wrestler, has written an entire novel in just three days, and is the founding editor of Black Heart Magazine. She also offers affordable editing services for authors and publishes books that press buttons at Buttontapper Press. She currently lives in an Apocalypse-proof bunker in sunny SoCal with her artist husband and their literary kitties, and can be found on Twitter @originaloflaura.
Blurring the lines between fact and fiction, Laura has penned 15 books, including the alphabetical travel guides Montreal from A to Z and San Diego from A to Z, the offbeat writing guides NaNoWriMo: A Cheater’s Guide and Confessions of a 3-Day Novelist, the nonfiction YA career guides Careers in Gaming and Careers in Digital Media (for ReferencePoint Press), and the satirical adventure tale Ninjas of the 512. She has also contributed shorter works to the following anthologies: SDW/EG’s 5th edition of The Guilded Pen; Diane Lee’s nonfiction collection, The Secret Lives of Writers; the cancer charity anthology Stardust, Always; Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers; and Ironology 2014: The Iron Writer Championship Series. In addition to her writings, Laura is also the editor of the poetry collection Haiku for Lovers, and the ethnomusicological anthology Everything I Need to Know About Love I Learned from Pop Songs.
Born somewhere on the east coast in the latter half of the 20th century, Laura Roberts immediately began writing the story of her life after staring up at a spinning mobile above her crib for a sufficient period of time and thinking, “I could do better than that.”
Though the intervening years have seen her scribbling in notebooks, Harriet the Spy style, as well as concocting rude typewritten rags about her friends and family, she first publicly debuted her special brand of creativity in a university-level screenwriting class. Her final project for the course was a Hal Hartley-inspired fanfic tribute to David Duchovny, whose climax saw the female protagonist wielding two menacing halves of Immanuel Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason in a boxing match against Duchovny’s (then) real-life wife, Téa Leoni. Laura received an A for her efforts, along with the astute professorial comment, “You got away with a lot.”
She has been getting away with a lot more ever since, including crime fiction, intelligent erotica, an honors degree in Creative Writing and English Literature, a brown belt in tae kwon do, a Philosophy degree from a New York university with the unlikely initials F.U., and a lifetime of questionable fashion choices. Her work has even been described as both “sassy and insightful” by arbiters of culture from the Great White North.
In addition to her writing career, Laura can be hired as an editor and manuscript consultant through her one-woman company, Laura Roberts Creative Services, and is occasionally available for speaking, teaching or freelance writing gigs.