Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England.
The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut about
slut-shaming and the Friend Zone, won the inaugural Comedy Women In Print prize in 2019. Judged by a panel including Marian Keyes, CWIP was founded by stand-up comedian and Absolutely Fabulous star Helen Lederer to celebrate funny female fiction.
The sequel, A Girl Called Shameless, is out now, while The Love Hypothesis, her LGBTQ YA rom-com exploring consent, free will and astrophysics (no, really) has been optioned for TV by the Emmy-winning team at Lime Pictures. She has also written two mermaidy middle grade novels as Laura Kirkpatrick.
Before taking the plunge into full-time writerhood, Laura worked for a glossy lifestyle magazine, then spent nearly five years at Mslexia, a charity supporting women writers. She has an MA in Creative Writing, and her TV pilot Clickbait reached the final eight in British Comedy's 2016 Sitcom Mission.
Laura's journalism has been featured in The i Paper, Buzzfeed, The Guardian and Living North. She won a Northern Writers Award in 2018 for her work-in-progress – a piece of speculative fiction exploring creativity as protest.
Literary agent: Suzie Townsend
Film/TV agent: Pouya Shahbazian
Foreign rights: Maíra Roman