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. (In a true emergency, she can even read and write in these languages, though not without a lot of special equipment.) 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 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." Under the pseudonym Laura Leone, she is the award-winning author of more than a dozen romance novels, including the revised-and-updated edition of Fever Dreams, which Romantic Times named as a "Top Pick" in 2004, and Fallen From Grace, which was a 2004 finalist for the Romance Writers of America's Rita Award. Laura is also the author of A Blonde In Africa, a non-fiction book about her 8-month journey across the continent. And she has written dozens of columns, articles, essays, and short stories.
Uniting her multi-genre talents in a new project, Laura’s latest book is Disappearing Nightly (Luna Books, 12/05), the first novel of a cross-genre series that combines fantasy, romance, comedy, and mystery.
In addition to her fiction commitments, Laura is finishing a master's degree in journalism at Ohio University. In 2006, she will intern at the Associated Press in Jerusalem. As if the Middle East didn’t have enough problems.