The Short Story

Laura Roberts writes contemporary romance and short fiction, with steamier stories under the pen name Laure L’Amour. She currently lives in Sacramento, California with her artist husband and their Tortitudinal kitty, Anja. When she’s not writing, she can be found editing manuscripts for indie authors, watching rom-coms, roller skating, or searching for more typewriters to add to her collection (which include a Royal Quiet DeLuxe, an Olympia SM9, and a Hermes 3000).

Dabbling in both factual and fictional genres, Laura has penned 27 books for adults, including the alphabetical travel guides Montreal from A to Z and San Diego from A to Z, offbeat writing guides NaNoWriMo: A Cheater’s Guide and Confessions of a 3-Day Novelist, a collection of capital city meet-cutes called Sacramento Love, and various steamy romances under her pen name Laure L’Amour, as well as three nonfiction career guides for young adults (Careers in Gaming, Careers If You Like Music, and Careers in Digital Media) published by ReferencePoint Press. She has also contributed shorter works to the following anthologies: The San Diego Writers & Editors Guild’s 5th edition of The Guilded Pen, Diane Lee’s nonfiction collection The Secret Lives of Writers, the David Bowie/Alan Rickman tribute anthology Stardust, Always; Shawna Kenney’s Book Lovers: Sexy Stories from Under the Covers, Ironology 2014: The Iron Writer Championship Series, and Drabble Harvest #14: Extraterrestrial Reincarnation. In addition to her writing, Laura is 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, and the founder of the literary magazine Black Heart.

The Novel

Photo by Andrea Hausmann
Photo by Andrea Hausmann

Born somewhere on the east coast near the end 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 crude typewritten rags about annoying family members and school bullies (cunningly entitled “Gossip World”), 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 been described as both “sassy and insightful” by arbiters of culture like Broken Pencil Magazine.

In addition to her writing career, Laura can be hired as an editor and manuscript consultant through Laura Roberts Creative Services. (Try the Contact form if you’d like to discuss any of the above.)

Buttontapper Press

Buttontapper Press is a one-woman publishing company, focused on promoting the works of author Laura Roberts and those of her steamy romance alter ego, Laure L’Amour. We are NOT accepting manuscript submissions at this time. You may, however, purchase a book if you’d like to show your support.

Still curious?

Catch up on Laura’s blog for more personal revelations. Better yet, sign up for the mailing list and never miss a morsel.