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Laura Maisano


Email: MaisanoL (at) Gmail (dot) com -
Website: www (dot) LauraMaisano (dot) blogspot (dot) com -

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Twitter: @MaisanoLaura

2-Line Bio (Tweetable)

Laura has an MA in Technical Writing and edits YA/NA fiction for Anaiah Press. She's the author of the YA fantasy series, Illirin and geeky romance Cosplayed.

Short Bio

Laura has an MA in Technical Writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press, where she works with upper YA and NA fiction. She’s published anime and manga reviews for Newtype USA. Laura is a YA author in fantasy and all things geeky. Check out her blog at

Medium Bio

Laura has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She's the author of the YA fantasy series, Illirin (SCHISM and UNITY) and geeky romance, Cosplayed.

Her gamer husband and amazing daughter give support and inspiration every day. Their cats, Talyn and Moya, provide entertainment through living room battles and phantom-dust-mote hunting. Somehow, they all manage to survive living in Texas where it is hotter than any human being should have to endure. Check out her blog at

Long Bio

Laura writes because it’s her destiny! Okay, that may be overly dramatic, but she thinks there’s something to it. Her parents named me 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 ( 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.

She's the author of the YA fantasy series, Illirin (SCHISM and UNITY) and geeky romance, Cosplayed. You can find updates about writing and the random stuff in her life on her blog If you’re more interested in just the professional angle, check out her website

5 Fun Facts

  1. In college some friends and I drove to West, Texas in the middle of the night to buy kolachies fresh from the oven. (Sound familiar?
  2.  I’ve cosplayed at several anime and sci-fi/fantasy conventions. Costumes include TJ Wagner (Nightcrawler’s daughter), Chiana from Farscape, Karou from Ruouni Kenshin, Mama from Kodomo No Omocha, and Regina from Once Upon a Time.
  3.  In a high school musical, I played one of seven people who made up the Snake from the garden of Eden, and my boyfriend at the time played Cain…the first murderer. What a pair, huh.
  4.  I’ve eaten conveyer belt sushi in Japan… it was gross there too.
  5.  On a family vacation to Yellowstone when I was a child, a bison came over the hill near the walkway. My brother, dad, and I ran, but my mom was laughing so hard at us that she couldn’t move, and the bison crossed right in front of her.



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To battle her anxiety, Audrey Warren spends conventions in the shelter of her uncle’s failing comic booth, but once she’s convinced to give cosplay a try, everything changes. Dressing as Sailor Moon gives her confidence, and she rocks the con floor with moon prism power…that is, until a group of elitist geek girls corner her and set off a panic attack.

Fellow cosplayer, Kyle Porter, comes to her rescue! However, it soon turns out her savior is the one in need of saving. Kyle’s dad puts the D in dysfunction when he yanks Kyle into his truck and drives away. Audrey must summon real courage to both save her uncle’s store and rescue her dude in distress—all with only twenty-seven bucks in the bank.


"Heartfelt, with asizzling wit... Cosplayed's heart beats with the blood of fandom."

The heart ofCosplayed beats with the blood of fandom. Kyle and Audrey's tender, awkward,will-they won't-they romance set to the backdrop of the fan convention scene issure to ensorcell readers. If you're looking for something heartfelt, somethingoff-beat, something geeky and unique and wonderful, look no further.      

~ Alex Langley, author of The Geek Handbook & Kill the Freshman.

SCHISM (Illirin Book One)

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The art therapy crap hasn't done squat for Gabe Jones. A thousand sketches of his fiancée can’t bring his memory, or her, back to him. Nothing on Earth can. His past lies in another dimension, a world just out of sight.

On campus, another student unknowingly shares Gabe's obsession with the fourth dimension. Lea Huckley must prove this world exists. The monsters from the other side attacked her parents and fled, getting her folks locked up in the loony bin. Finding evidence is the only way to free them.

She and Gabe strike a deal to help each other out, and together they manage to open a door to the world of Gabe's true origin. She’d use him for proof—if she didn't already care too much.

While Gabe tries to reconcile his feelings for Lea and his re-discovered memories of his fiancée, a much more sinister plot unravels. He uncovers his history, just in time to become the unwilling linchpin in a conspiracy to start a war. His memory holds the secret the would-be conqueror needs to get the upper hand, the final riddle. Gabe must protect the riddle at all costs, even if that means leaving Earth, and Lea, behind for good.

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UNITY (Illirin Book Two)

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The fires in Illirin have died down, and the survivors are suffering under Emperor Nor’s tyranny. Unfortunately, Illirin isn’t the only world in danger of oppression. Nor’s pet wizard, Matt, has issued an insane ultimatum to Earth’s world leaders. Now Gabe and Lea are running out of time. Again. 

For the past three months, Gabe has taken refuge on Earth with Lea. He’s broken and grieving, but he’s got to pull himself together to save those he left behind. Meanwhile, Lea prays Merlin’s prophecy of becoming powerful will come true. She’s busted her butt practicing her newfound magic. Too bad for her, she still sucks at it. Matt has had a lifetime to master his gift, and she’s fated to face him? Merlin must’ve made a mistake. 

Together, Gabe and Lea go to Illirin hoping to locate help, but the Winged survivors won’t aid Gabe, who they hold responsible for their losses. While short on friends and adding new enemies, Gabe and Lea must find a way to defeat Nor and stop Matt’s plan. Failure could mean being torn apart, the Winged hunted to extinction, and Earth at the mercy of a wizard bent on domination.

Breaking the Schism (An Illirin Prequel Novella) - FREE eBook

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An Illirin prequel to SCHISM...

The trials are looming, but Makai spends his days watching the portals to Earth and filling his sketchbook with drawings of his muse—a strawberry-blonde beauty named Heather. Although breaking the Schism is illegal, taboo, and all sorts of wrong, temptation to escape responsibility pushes him to cross over and meet his crush.

Once just isn’t enough.

Every few days, Makai skips school, sneaking onto Earth to spend time with Heather. Could he stay with her? He’d have to leave his friends, his family…his world. Makai’s free to choose his future, but everyone expects brilliance from the Winged Councilman’s son. He can’t disappoint his father, especially when Father’s office seems to be caught in the whispers of conspiracy. Eventually the danger following the Councilman follows Makai, and even Earth isn’t far enough to run.

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