Laura Steven is a writer from the northernmost town in England. She has published eight books under various pen names, all with HarperCollins.
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.
The Society For Soulless Girls – a sapphic, supernatural retelling of Jekyll & Hyde – was published in 2022 and its hashtag has amassed two million views on TikTok. Every Exquisite Thing, another sapphic dark academia horror novel that reimagines The Picture of Dorian Gray, will be released in September 2023.
In the journalism world, Laura started out at a glossy lifestyle publication before moving to Mslexia, a magazine supporting women writers. She has been featured in The i Paper, Buzzfeed, The Guardian and Living North, and has profiled authors like Brandon Sanderson and Ken Follett for Publishers Weekly.
Literary agent: Chloe Seager at Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency
Screen agent: Kim Yau at Echo Lake Entertainment