Laura Todd Carns

Author of The Madhouse Gardener.

Laura Todd Carns grew up in Washington, DC and Gaborone, Botswana, fed on a steady diet of books and world-widening childhood experiences. After winning a few writing awards in middle and high school, she was headed in the direction of an English degree and a career somehow centered in words. When she became a mother at 18, however, her priorities shifted.

She attended Barnard College and moved to NYC with her daughter in tow, studying literature from the likes of the great Mary Gordon and working in the college computer lab. After three years, she and her daughter moved back to DC to be closer to family. She leveraged her computer skills into a career in I.T., while continuing to pursue her education, eventually earning a BA in English from the University of Maryland, where she studied in the English Honors program, and a Master of Arts in Teaching from UMBC, specializing in the teaching of English at the secondary level.

Laura wrote a moderately successful “mommy blog” for several years. She also worked for several years as a technical writer, doing grant writing and shaping economic development proposals. She has also done contract work writing fiction and nonfiction passages for state standardized tests. After teaching middle school English for several years, Laura now writes full time. Her work has appeared in Electric Literature, Pigeon Pages, Medium Member Features, and Mothers Always Write.

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