After working for 20 years as an accountant, Laurel started back to college in middle age and re-discovered her love of writing, winning several college writing contests and scholarships and becoming published in several genres -- short story, academic article, feature article, and poetry. She started up and edited her university’s college of business newsletter during this time and also wrote grants and writing guides. She received her PhD in rhetoric/composition in 2003 and taught writing, literature and humanities for 15 years. Fairy Wars: The Dark Ones is her first attempt at fantasy and Fairy Wars: Spies Among Us is the second, although she’s loved reading this genre all her life. The third in the series Fairy Wars: The Final Battles will be out shortly. She’s been married for 48 years and has two grown children and four grandchildren. She and her husband Steve live in Meridian, Idaho.