Laura Lam

Laura Lam

A displaced Californian in Scotland, Laura Lam is a speculative author and a lecturer at Edinburgh Napier on the Creative Writing MA. Her work includes the near-future space thriller, Goldilocks, feminist space opera Seven Devils (co-written with Elizabeth May), BBC Radio 2 Book Club section False Hearts, the companion novel Shattered Minds, and the award-winning Micah Grey series: PantomimeShadowplay, and Masquerade. Her short fiction and essays have appeared in anthologies such as Nasty WomenSolaris Rising 3, Cranky Ladies of HistoryScotland in Space, and more. At times she misses the sunshine. 


Seven Devils Duology: Seven Devils (2020, DAW/Gollancz), co-written with Elizabeth May & the sequel (2021)
Goldilocks (2020, Orbit/Wildfire)
Pacifica Thrillers: Shattered Minds (2017, Tor US/UK) & False Hearts (2016, Tor US/UK)
Micah Grey Trilogy: Pantomime, Shadowplay & Masquerade (2016-2017, Tor UK)

Short Fiction & Essays:
"A Certain Reverence," Scotland in Space (2020, Shoreline of Infinity)
"These Shadows, These Ghosts," Nasty Women (2017, 404 Ink)
"The Lioness," Cranky Ladies of History (2015, Fablecroft)
"They Swim Through Sunset Seas," Solaris Rising 3 (2014, Solaris)

Awards and Memberships

Professional Memberships:
SFWA Member
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Awards & Accolades: 
False Hearts:
BBC Radio 2 Book Club Selection
Romantic Times Top Pick June 2016
Wired’s Summer Reads List 2016
io9’s Summer Reads List 2016
Marie Clare’s Summer Reads List 2016
Locus Magazine Recommended Read 2016

Winner of the 2014 Bisexual Book Award for Speculative Fiction
Nominated for the 2014 British Fantasy Society Best Newcomer Award
Scottish Book Trust Teens Book of the Month May 2014
Top Ten Title for the 2014 ALA Rainbow List
Shortlisted for the 2014 NE Teen Book Award
2014 ALA Popular Paperbacks List
Nominated for the 2014 Cybils Award
Longlisted for the 2014 Catalyst Book Award

Related Experience

I have been a professional author since 2013, with novels published by DAW, Gollancz, Orbit, Tor & more. Half of the week, I lecture on the Creative Writing MA at Edinburgh Napier University, lecturing on aspects of writing craft, the publishing industry, and critical theory. I developed and deliver a module on young adult writing, and regularly work with students in one-on-one mentoring.

I am a member of the Scottish Book Trust Live Literature programme, where I visit secondary schools, libraries, and community centres throughout Scotland. Since 2012, I have been an attendee to several conventions and festivals–such as Worldcon, Fantasycon, Eastercon–and help programme the YA strand of the Cymera Festival in Edinburgh. In 2018, I was invited to Malaysia for Cooler Lumpur, a festival of ideas, through the British Council. I'm quite happy to get up and burble in front of a crowd, basically.

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PgCert, Teaching & Learning, Edinburgh Napier University
MLitt, Creative Writing, University of Aberdeen

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