Laura Anne Gilman

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Laura Anne Gilman is the author of the popular Cosa Nostradamus books (the Retrievers and Paranormal Scene Investigations urban fantasy series), the Nebula award-nominated The Vineart War trilogy. Her first story collection is Dragon Virus, and she continues to write and sell short fiction in a variety of genres. Follow her at @LAGilman or

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Author Gilman talks about the inspiration for her Vineart war series.

My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. "Write what you know" means learn more, not write less.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. My parents. Sappy, but true.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Oh, I would so love to be able to draw. I can see it all in my head, but . I can barely draw a straight line with a ruler.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm not sure I believe in 'perfect' happiness, since the awareness of being happy also requires the knowledge that there is UNhappiness, and.. okay, being too philosophical, I know.

Perfect happiness for me, I guess, is that moment when you turn to share something -- a joke, a sight, a thought -- with someone, and they're right there, ready for the adventure, whatever it is. The moment of discovery, and being able to share it.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. The ability to laugh at oneself as needed, a desire to learn, and the strength to be gentle.


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