LAUREL ANNE HILL grew up in San Francisco, with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and life.
KOMENAR Publishing released Heroes Arise, Laurel’s debut parable, in October 2007. “ForeWord Magazine” selected Heroes Arise for a Book of the Year Award for 2007 (bronze, science fiction). Sand Hill Review Press published her second novel, The Engine Woman’s Light, as an e-book in October 2016. The trade paper and case laminate editions followed in 2017.
The Engine Woman’s Light received the 2017 Independent Press Award (steampunk category) and a Kirkus star. Kirkus has included this gripping spirits-meet-steampunk novel on its list of the best 100 indie books in 2017 and top six indie teen. Chanticleer Reviews has shortlisted The Engine Woman’s Light for its Ozma and Dante Rossetti Book Awards.
Laurel’s shorter fiction and creative nonfiction have been published in:
Clockwork Wonderland, Once Upon a Scream, Horror Addicts Guide to Life, Fault Zone, How Beer Saved the World, Shanghai Steam, Tales of Fortannis, The Wickeds, Horrible Disasters, Spells and Swashbucklers, Rum and Runestones, Nth Zine, Lynx Eye, Space and Time, and a variety of journalistic media and small circulation fanzines. Several pieces have won awards. KQED-FM broadcast her perspective in 2004 about the plight of homeless families. HorrorAddicts fans voted Laurel Most Wicked 2011 for her steampunk/horror short story podcast: “Flight of Destiny.”
Laurel is a member of CWC San Francisco/Peninsula Branch and served on their executive board for five years. She also is a member of Broad Universe, Wicked Women Writers and Women Writing the West (where she served as secretary for two years). She’s the Literary Stage Manager for the annual San Mateo County Fair, a program participant at science fiction/fantasy conventions, a writing contest judge and an editor for Fault Zone. Her current writing projects include a novel set in early California and several short stories. She lives in Northern California with the spirit of David, her late husband.