MORE ABOUT ME THAN YOU EVER NEEDED TO KNOW
I'm Laura – writer, editor, and dreamer of really weird stuff (and hater of writing about yourself in the third person).
I am also a trained dancer and musician, and sometime artist. A Medical Editor by trade, I love film (especially thrillers and horrors – quelle surprise), bingeing boxsets, and adopting cats (not many more until crazy cat lady status is achieved). I also have teenage twin boys, who overtook me in height several years ago. I met my awesome boyfriend at work and coerced him into doing all of my design work (dating a graphic designer is THE BEST). Contrary to the dark stuff I write, my house is always alive with noise, music, miaowing, and dancing. My boyfriend calls me 'charming' – which is just a tactful way of saying I'm annoying (only when bored or procrastinating, honest).
Dreams and the unconscious mind have fascinated me for years. I have vivid, recurring, and sometimes lucid dreams that I attempt to interpret and often remember for years afterwards. Freudian theory and The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins) have had a significant influence on my writing, with both leading me to wonder what effect drugs might have on memories we cannot consciously access.
Writing a book didn't occur to me for a long time. I had a dream when I was younger about an empty shopping centre, a bleak grey space where doors didn't open and stairs led nowhere. Some years later, I wondered what it would be like to be stuck in such a place, permanently and all alone, and so decided to write a character in that position. I knew I wanted to create something that bucked norms and traditions – something you couldn't guess the ending to. And so, Let Me Sleep was born. I submitted the first draft to Richard and Judy's 'Become a bestseller' competition, thinking it was the best thing since sliced bread. It wasn't. However, several years, a number of rewrites, and much experience later, I'm finally ready to share my words and release Let Me Sleep into the big wide world.
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