Laura VanArendonk Baugh

Biography

Laura VanArendonk Baugh KPA-CTP CPDT-KA was born at a very early age and never looked back. She overcame her childhood deficiencies of having been born without teeth and unable to walk, and by the time she matured into a recognizable adult she had become a behavior analyst, an internationally-recognized and award-winning trainer, a costumer/cosplayer, a chocolate addict, and of course a writer.

Laura works in animal behavior by day and haunts Japanese culture and anime conventions by night.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
In elementary school, during class. I was very good at listening to the teacher and still wandering a world within my own head, and I think somewhere I still have stacks of notebook paper stories. The habit persisted into middle and high school, and I wrote a lot of fairly amateurish work while teachers talked about grammar rules or math formulae. (I made A's, so even when they caught me they couldn't complain too much, so I got to keep on making stuff up during class for a long while.)
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've been attending fan and geek conventions for about just over a decade now, and I've long thought it would be the perfect scene for a murder. Thousands of people, most of whom are in costume and many in similar costumes, in a community where even longtime friends might not know each others' real names? A murderer's dream come true.

It's great fun to write, for the most part, but the hardest bit is keeping it all fictional. Whatever weird, stupid, kind, or crazy thing you can think of, it's actually been done at a con, and I'm working really hard to keep all the characters purely fictional rather than based on (or appearing to be based on) real people.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Laura VanArendonk Baugh online


Where to buy in print


Books

Con Job
By
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,810. Language: English. Published: May 13, 2014. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
When dead bodies turn up at the geek con, Jacob has to start early on his detective career - police are out of their depth in a world where nearly everyone wears a costume or uses an alias. But someone is bent on revealing Jacob's secret to the entire con. If Jacob’s history comes out, his police career will end before it begins, even if he can find the killer. And if he can't, more fans will die.
Smoke and Fears
By
Series: Smoke and..., Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 7,510. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Marsden cannot remember his real name, nor how he came to be a valet for the schoolboy son of a powerful magician. Phantom wisps of incense and narrow glimpses of memory are all he has, until he chances upon a family secret which only compounds intrigue. What might his young master Abel know of his amnesia? What binds him to the Wensleys? And why does he, a simple valet, know fragments of magic?
Kitsune-Mochi
By
Series: Kitsune Tales, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 70,280. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Sequel to the award-winning KITSUNE-TSUKI. The onmyouji Tsurugu no Kiyomori and his allies must protect his daimyou‘s household from a dangerous rival without revealing their own secret — or they die by the hands of their friends instead of their enemies. Includes Japanese glossary.
Fired Up, Frantic, and Freaked Out: Training Crazy Dogs from Over the Top to Under Control
By
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 30,700. Language: English. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Home and Garden » Pets & livestock
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Amazon bestseller! Some dogs need a little help! Dogs who are reactive, fearful, or aggressive have a common problem — they are emotional rather than rational, overwrought rather than calm. This book by an award-winning, internationally-known trainer presents simple concepts and easy-to-do training steps to bring him back to his mind in sessions as short as a minute each.
Kitsune-Tsuki
By
Series: Kitsune Tales, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,860. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
(4.14 from 14 reviews)
Winner 2012 Luminis Prize "Could not put down once started" "Twisty! Turny! Magical! Wonderful!" The onmyouji Tsurugu has been engaged to protect the warlord's bride from the fox spirit rumored to be near. Tsurugu and the shadow-warrior Shishio Hitoshi face an impossible challenge in teasing out a shape-shifter -- if one even exists. But an onmyouji knows secrets even the shadows do not....

Laura VanArendonk Baugh’s tag cloud

anime    behavior science    clicker    clicker training    con    convention    cosplay    costume    cozy    daimyou    doctor who    dog training    fantasy    fear aggression    fox    gaming    gaslamp    gaslight    geek    geek girls    geek hero    heian    humor    japan    kamakura    kitsune    magic    manga    marvel    mononoke    murder    murder mystery    nerd    ninja    onmyodo    onmyoji    onmyoudou    onmyouji    operant conditioning    psychology    puppy    reactive    school    shapeshifter    sherlock    shogun    shogunate    socialization    star wars    steampunk    valet    victorian    youkai