Laura Haglund is a native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Born on a rocky peninsula, she was always fascinated by...rocks. That, with a love of nature and a fondness for foraging, grew into a preoccupation with prehistoric life. An avid reader as long as she can remember, the author devoured mountains of science fiction and fantasy but found too little fiction that treated stone-age people in a satisfying way.
Eventually, after a sudden spate of writing fan fiction parodies based on the characters of a well-known writer of prehistoric fiction, one of her original characters demanded to have his own story told properly.
Ms. Haglund is "retired" but does free-lance web design and graphic art, and has a computer repair business on the side. She is better known on the Web as Matera the Mad.