Laura Maisano

Laura writes because it’s her destiny! Okay, that may be overly dramatic, but she thinks there’s something to it. Her parents named her after the author who penned the Little House books— Laura Ingalls Wilder. From the moment she learned the origin of her name, she got the bug and knew she had to do the same. Aside from narrating the life and death struggles of her Barbies, she first tried to write a story in high school. The unfortunate melodrama felt like more of a Sailor Moon meets Justice League mash-up than a real book. She did coin her website from its universe (www.rayhastudios.com) and it provided lots of inspiration moving forward.

In college, Laura used visual arts for her creative outlet with a drawing minor, but she still wanted to write. Everyone knows you don’t make money as an author, so she did the prudent thing and got a literature degree with a technical writing certification. To actually get a tech writing job though, she had to go back for her Masters in Technical Writing. The classes she took for that degree opened her eyes to the mechanics of writing, and actually inspired her to work on fiction once again.

While she was getting that MA, Laura started dating her now husband. They married in 2008, and he’s been her best friend and biggest supporter ever since. They honeymooned in Italy, where he had lived as a teenager. It was nice to have a private tour guide who spoke the lingo.

In 2011, their daughter was born, who they plan to inflict their weirdness on full force. At three years old, she already loves watching Idolm@ster 2, a Japanese video game with singing anime idols. They have to do something to keep out of the 100+ temperatures of Texas weather.

Laura is the author of the contemporary fantasy series Illirin (SCHISM and UNITY) and the fun geeky YA romance COSPLAYED.

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