Laura VanArendonk Baugh


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.
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