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.
In the journalism world, Laura started out at a glossy lifestyle magazine before moving to Mslexia, a charity supporting women writers, in 2015. She has been featured in The i Paper, Buzzfeed, The Guardian and Living North, and has profiled authors for Publishers Weekly since 2020.
She has an MA in Creative Writing, and her TV pilot Clickbait reached the final eight in British Comedy's 2016 Sitcom Mission. She also 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