Laura Todd Carns grew up in Washington, DC and Gaborone, Botswana, fed on a steady diet of books and world-widening childhood experiences.

A few relevant biographical statistics:

18: The age at which Laura became a mother.

5: The number of colleges Laura attended before ultimately earning her Bachelor of Arts in English from The University of Maryland, College Park.

17: The number of years it took to earn said degree.

3: The number of children Laura has now (though one’s all grown up).

5: The number of novels Laura started writing and did not finish before she stumbled upon the story for The Madhouse Gardener.

11: The number of jobs she’s held so far in her adult life, ranging from office manager to middle school English teacher to I.T. consultant to technical writer.

Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Pigeon Pages, Medium Member Features, Quartz, and Mothers Always Write.

She lives near Annapolis, Maryland with her husband, children, and too many pets.