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A life-long fangirl, Laura Stone began telling elaborate stories to her parents at the age of four; she was so successful in catching her parent's attention that her father actually dislocated his back, trying not to sit on her imaginary cat. (She and her father have made amends. Doka, a beautiful grey Tabby, ran off shortly after the near-tragedy to work in a gumball factory and married Mike Cooper, his longtime love.)
She was finally able to devote her energy to writing full-time after several years of acting, studying Microbiology, becoming a Master Gardener, and raising children. They're not fully raised, but then, neither is she.
She lives in Texas as proof that it's not completely populated by hard-line right wingers. And because that's where the good tamales are.