Laura Steven is an author, journalist and screenwriter from the northernmost town in England. She is basically Leslie Knope.
The Exact Opposite of Okay, her YA debut about
slut-shaming and the Friend Zone, is out now with Egmont (UK) and HarperTeen (North America), and in several foreign languages. The book won the inaugural Comedy Women In Print prize in 2019. Judged by a panel chaired by Marian Keyes, the 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 in the UK and Ireland. The Love Hypothesis, an LGBTQ
rom-com exploring consent, free will and astrophysics (no, really) will be published in March 2020.
Laura also writes middle grade comedy under the pen name Laura Kirkpatrick. And Then I Turned Into A Mermaid is out now, with Don't Tell Him I'm A Mermaid to follow in 2020.
Before taking the plunge into full-time writerhood, Laura worked for a glossy lifestyle magazine, then spent three years at Mslexia, a non-profit organisation 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