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

Her writings for an adult audience stem largely from investigations into her own family history, illuminating the stories of remarkable women whose courage and curiosity continue to inspire her.

Her young adult fiction centers on the murky boundary between childhood and adulthood, coming to terms with one’s family of origin, and the creation of a distinct identity and found family. As a former teen mom, Laura is interested in the stories of young people who face real challenges and find untapped wells of strength within themselves.

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

Her short story “Herself” was selected as an Honorable Mention in Writer’s Digest’s 2018 Popular Fiction Contest (Young Adult category), and Pigeon Pages selected her story “The Balance” as one of its Best of the Nest for 2018.

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