Laurel Anne Hill Set to Launch “The Engine Woman’s Light” at Borderlands Books

Written by Laurel on January 16th, 2017

SPIRITS MEET STEAMPUNK: Laurel Anne Hill launches her new novel, The Engine Woman’s Light (Sand Hill Review Press), at Borderlands Books, February 4, 2017, 3 pm.


Writers of Rohan! Sign up for the Genre-LA Speculative Fiction Conference

Written by Laurel on January 16th, 2017

Go to for Program Information. It’s not too late to sign up. Laurel Anne Hill and a magnificent cast of authors, agents and screen writers will be there.




Merry Christmas from Laurel Anne Hill (Christmas Letter: Fractured Yet Unbroken)

Written by Laurel on December 25th, 2016

Christmas letter from award-winning author Laurel Anne Hill: Fractured Yet Unbroken. (Miracles still happen.)


“The Engine Woman’s Light” Now Available on Amazon/Kindle

Written by Laurel on October 25th, 2016




A Life-Saving Mission

A mystical vision of an airship appears to fifteen-year-old Juanita in 1894. The long-dead captain commands her to prevent California’s thrown-away people—including young children—from boarding trains to an asylum. That institution’s director plots murder to reduce the inmate population.

Spirits watch over Juanita. But who is she? A mystic in love who holds life sacred?
Or a ghost-possessed railroad-saboteur?

To save innocent lives Juanita must take lives of the corrupt. How can she reconcile her assignment with her belief in the sacredness of all human life? And will she survive to marry her betrothed?

Juanita sets out despite inner trepidation to sabotage the railroad. Her ancestor Billy, the ghost of a steam locomotive engineer, guides her. Then bit by bit, she discovers the gut-wrenching truths all of her ancestors neglected to reveal.

Ghosts, Goggles, Guns and Grit

Come visit Juanita’s world—an alternate nineteenth-century California—where spirits meet steampunk, where both love and anger emanate from beyond the grave.

Sand Hill Review Press, Publisher

Cover art by Julie Dillon,
winner of Hugo & Chesley Awards.

More about Laurel Anne Hill at

Book Release Schedule

E-book on Amazon as of October 21, 2016

Trade paper: Launch on Saturday,
February 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m.

at Borderlands Books
866 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-8203






After Twenty Years in a Bathtub, “The Engine Woman’s Light” Chugs Into Port

Written by Laurel on September 25th, 2016

Stephen King once equated writing a novel to paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Well, after twenty years, award-winning author Laurel Anne Hill has finally reached port with her precious cargo: “The Engine Woman’s Light.” Read about her journey, and how inspired her.


Call for Submissions for “Fault Zone: Uplift” Writing Contest

Written by Laurel on September 22nd, 2016

Fault Zone: Uplift Anthology: Editor-in-Chief Laurel Anne Hill calls for short story submissions. Prizes include money, critique and publication. Deadline October 31, 2016.


Con-Volution 2016: The Age of Monsters (Schedule for Laurel Anne Hill)

Written by Laurel on September 19th, 2016
Some Monsters Age Better...

Some Monsters Age Better…

...Than Others Do.

…Than Others Do.

Con-Volution 2016 is coming up fast:

September 30 – October 2, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport. The program schedule’s live on their website. Go to

I’ve listed my program schedule below and look forward to seeing you.

Laurel Anne Hill

How “Scary” is Science?
Saturday 10:00 – 11:30, Parlor 2036

There was a time where things like organ cloning and replacing body parts with plastics were things that fiction writers used to fuel thrills and chills; now we’re seeing these medical marvels come true. Are they still scary, or have we moved on?

Garrett Calcaterra, J. L. (Jim) Doty, Laurel Anne Hill, Kevin Roche (M), Heidi Stauffer

Devilishly Daring- Demonic Monsters
Saturday 12:00 – 13:30, SandPebble D

We’ll discuss the devils, demons, succubi and lords of the underworld that feature in our genre fiction and media SO often- because we adore them!

Chuck Serface, Loren Rhoads, Emerian Rich, J. L. (Jim) Doty, Laurel Anne Hill (M)

How Cthulu Became Cuddly?
Saturday 17:00 – 18:30, SandPebble B

How did the most terrifying beings of our imagination become cuddly plushies, love interests, and punchlines? We’ll look at the intersection of horror and humor, and whether they enhance or deface the genre.

Deborah J. Ross, Ms. Jennifer Carson, Laurel Anne Hill, Lee Moyer (M)

Sunday 10:00 – 11:30, SandPebble C

Meet and chat with the authors who comprise, and find out more about their monster favorites!

Emerian Rich (M), J. Malcolm Stewart, Loren Rhoads, Laurel Anne Hill, Sumiko Saulson


WorldCon 2016: Schedule for Laurel Anne Hill, August 17-21, Kansas City, MO

Written by Laurel on August 5th, 2016

Steampunk, Terraforming, Writing, Space Technology Spinoffs, YA Fiction, the Oceans, Hard Fantasy and more: Laurel Anne Hill has a full schedule at the World Science Fiction Con in Kansas City, MO, August 17-21. (


“First Friday” by Tory Hartmann Reeled me in. (Book Review by Laurel Anne Hill)

Written by Laurel on June 25th, 2016

I purchased a copy of Tory Hartmann’s novel, “First Friday,” from her at the 2016 San Mateo County Fair. As Editor of Sand Hill Review Press, Tory was pushing her literary wares. She’s a friend of mine and a great writer with a keen sense of humor. How could I go wrong? The blurb on the back of “First Friday” lured me in. The story kept me hooked from cover to cover.


Once Upon A Scream Author Spotlight: David Watson Interviews Laurel Anne Hill

Written by Laurel on May 19th, 2016
Laurel beside the Seine River in Paris

Laurel Anne Hill, author of “Commanding the Stones,” beside the Seine River in Paris 2002 Publishing has recently published their fourth anthology called Once Upon a Scream. Remember the fairy tales that you grew up reading? Well they are back again with a horror twist. Once Upon a Scream includes 18 tales that are fantastic and frightful. One of the authors in this anthology is Laurel Anne Hill and recently she talked to David Watson–from–about her writing:

Cathedédrale Alexandre Nevsky de Paris

Cathedédrale Alexandre Nevsky de Paris

Paris Sewer Tour: Tunnel Drain

Paris Sewer Tour: Tunnel Drain

What is your story in Once Upon A Scream called and what is it about? My short story is “Commanding the Stones,” about Yana, a middle-aged Russian-American woman on a business trip to Paris with her husband in 1995. In “Commanding the Stones,” a murder, Yana’s troubled marriage, her mysterious benefactor, and a Russian fairy tale—a twisted variant of The Stone Flower—add up to terror and redemption in the sewers of Paris.

What inspired the idea? My love of Russian fairy tales and painted lacquer boxes sparked the initial inspiration. Then I visited Paris during the month of November in 1999. Through the rain and chill, a story line emerged.

Once Upon a Scream

Once Upon a Scream (An Anthology,

When did you start writing? I started writing before I could read. I created stories and my older sister wrote them down. I illustrated them with pictures from comic books and magazines. My first short story was published—in the kids’ section of a major San Francisco newspaper—when I was eleven. The piece was absolutely terrible, but I had no clue. The San Francisco News paid me $2, enough for eight double-feature movies back then.

What are your favorite topics to write about?  Many of the stories I craft have inspirational premises. Worthiness is rewarded. The power of love, honor, faith and duty can surmount daunting obstacles and transform lives. But I also like to write about the jolting “rewards” unworthiness can bring, and the sometimes blurred line between virtue and vice. Whatever I write, I love to use my imagination.

What are some of your influences? Without a doubt, atmosphere and music influence the direction of many of my stories. Between 1999 and 2005, for example, I made three trips to Paris—all during the November time frame. When first working on “Commanding the Stones,” I took the Paris sewer tour. The unpleasant taste of the air near an underground sewer drain let me picture ominous things happening to my protagonist. My mind processed the many details of the scene. Back home in California, I listened to Russian Orthodox chants to set my mood, allowing ancient magic and mysteries to merge with modern times as I worked.

What do you find fascinating about the horror genre? The physiological reaction a scary movie produces in me. The increase in my heart rate and breathing. The tensing of my muscles. It’s like I’m the one in danger. I’ve had a half-dozen or so close brushes with death—experiences that had nothing to do with movies. During those times, survival—and the various chemicals released into my bloodstream to secure it—exhilarated me. Not so with movies. When an emphathetic character on the screen escapes death, I feel more exhaustion than elation. When I read horror, however, my brain does a better job of moderating the intensity of my physical reaction. Maybe that’s why I prefer scary books to scary movies in recent years, although I do adore both.

What are some of the works you have available? My award-winning novel, HEROES ARISE, and many of my thirty published short stories are available through Amazon: To listen to my stories I’ve recorded (including award-winning “Flight of Destiny” and “The Grave of Mario Bandini”), go to Welcome to my Bedroom Closet at For my darker short stories in print, read “Wings of Revenge” (in The Wickeds), “Till Death Do Us Part” (in Horrible Disasters), “The Vengeance Garden” (in Spells and Swashbucklers) and “Fowl Consequences” (in Fault Zone: Diverge).

What are you currently working on? My novel, The Engine Woman’s Light (a spirits-meet-steampunk, weird west tale) was accepted for publication by Sand Hill Review Press last month. I anticipate it will be available in 2017. I’m preparing to serve as editor for the next Fault Zone Anthology. That, too, will release in 2017. Also, I’ve started working on a short story for Horror Addicts’ next anthology. For long-term projects, I’ll either return to a novel-in-progress (magical realism) set in Mexican California, or start a new one based on my recently-published fantasy short story, “Going Revolutionary.”

Where can we find you online? For my website, go to http://www.laurelannehill.comMy Amazon author page is at For Facebook, go to

One of the historic stone walls of the Paris sewers, labeled with the name of the street above.

One of the historic stone tunnels of the Paris sewers, labeled with the name of the street above.