Laurel was born in Bethel and grew up playing in the woods in Fairbanks. She moved to Anchorage in May 2012; now she marvels at the mudflats of Alaska’s largest city. She graduated cum laude from Clark University in Worcester, Mass. in 2007 with a B.A. in international relations. She loves to travel, and has lived in New Zealand and France. When she’s not writing, she spends her time playing music, snapping photos and generally living it up in the frozen north.