About me

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I wrote a book. Then another. And another.

Yes, I’m starting another. I can’t seem to stop. The stories just keep coming out.

I was a chemical engineer and made car paint.

I taught high school. But don’t anymore.

I teach college organic chemistry.

I am a wife and mom and sister and aunt and grammy.

I ran trotted a few half marathons.

I finished my PhD.

I like to bake.

Love (need) coffee.

Back to my books. I am a reader. I know a good book when I read it and if it isn’t good, I don’t finish it. (Actually, I toss it across the room.) Here are some notes on my published works.


In a universe where time and space are limitless, where each person has one deathday per year, and where the deathday is a two-way portal, Anna finds herself suddenly on the dead side, facing the choice between death and life. How cruel for relationship problems to tag along to the dead side.


Published by LMNO Press, in paperback and e-book, on 11.11.14.


In 2072, in a once vibrant metropolis on the eastern coast of what used to be America, biochemist Dr. Lorelei Fletcher hunts men.

In a world gone insane with hatred, somebody has to do it. Lorelei stalks them until they catch her. She doses them with a molecular cocktail (silently, painlessly, with a needle, to the neck) to tame them. Part of an improbable plan for peace, Lorelei works to drive humanity toward a future that’s female. Exclusively female.
front cover Infinity Line

Published by LMNO Press, in paperback and eBook, on 8.1.18.

My first children’s book: I LIKE TREES LIKE THESE

Hugs are durable. Trees are huggable. By special request from my granddaughter, here is a book about trees. Hug them. Love them. We cannot live without them. Perhaps the youngest generation will demand we stop paving paradise.

My first children’s book is full of glorious images and playful verse.


Published by LMNO Press on 12.1.18.

OUR SOUR FLOUR HOUR (my second children’s book)

Humorous exploration of rhyming words including those oddballs that refuse to rhyme like wood and food, sour and pour, cow and mow. For beginning readers and for the funny bone of parents who read aloud to their children.


Published by LMNO Press on 1.2.21.

FEEL THE MUSIC, a short story published in THE PETIGRU REVIEW, 2018 Volume 12

Experience an elementary school classroom through the senses of a blind music teacher.

Note from the submission judge about FEEL THE MUSIC: “A glorious piece. With elegance and optimism, this writer beautifully captured physical blindness. All in all, a beautiful piece that I will remember for years to come.”petigru review cover

Published by the South Carolina Writers Association, 10.20.18.



When scientists combine space exploration, genetic engineering, and time travel, the result is not a surprise to them. For the rest of us? It’ll all be explained from the perspective of an alien life form (ALF) brought back to near-Earth orbit. This story demands to be written, and requires a LOT of thinking and research. I’m already in love with the ALF. Watch out.


Rigby Melano, a forensic investigator, is abducted by 17-year-old Ray, a captor who isn’t qualified for the job. Ray has a deadbeat mother, no father, a best friend named Iodina, three younger siblings, and a missing girlfriend. Oh, and a furious woman ineffectively bound with duct tape in his trunk.

What started out as a plotted mystery-thriller has morphed into a coming-of-age YA tale from Ray’s perspective. Again, the characters have completely taken over. I swear, writing a book is just like reading one, except I get to choose the ending.

SCREENPLAYS of all my stories are in progress. By “in progress” I mean a combination of written files, scribbled notes, study and exploration and discussions of screenplay format, and long daydreamy walks where the “writing” occurs inside my head.

Thanks for stopping by.

Connecting with readers and authors on Twitter: nope. Not on Twitter anymore, 2023.

Look for me and my books on Goodreads: lauralanni

Oprah, and anyone else who wants to help promote my work, or otherwise comment, please email me at lauralanni2014@gmail.com.

Facebook dropout. (I’m not nearly cool enough for that.)


17 thoughts on “About me

  1. Hello, Cousin!
    My dad and Lucille just returned home from a visit to NY and shared snippets from their visit. They enjoyed catching up with your dear mom, whom told of your blogging. I’ve enjoyed reading it and signed up for e-mails. You have a gift, dear one, and I shall look forward to reading your books! How exciting!! I write a bit as well, and have a children’s book which requires diving into the sea of queries! I’ve sent a few letters and have matching rejections. Persistence and perserverence is key! Will look forward to your future posts! Oh, and I shall rally the Michigan fam to join in the National Big Mac Friday the 13th Holiday, so you can cross Michigan off your list! 🙂 So fun!!
    Blessings to you!!

  2. Hi Laura,
    I’ve happened upon your blog and I love it! I hope you are well and would love to see you again someday! Maybe our 30th reunion on Nov. 30?

  3. A mom who became grammy, writes books, completed her PhD, bakes and was a chemical engineer…you sound like a super hero in dusguise. Lol.

    What made you decide on the self-publishing route, versus the publishing houses?

    I wish you all the best going forward.

    1. Yes, Mr. Gentleman, I do like to bake. 🙂

      My publishing journey was long and twisty, and so is the story of how it came about. I’m very excited to share my debut with the world on 11/11!

      Thanks for stopping by and, especially, for your comments!

  4. Finally on election day a day off to do what I have been meaning to do. Reading your soon to be published book excerpt was exciting. I cannot wait until next week to read the rest of the story! You are a fabulous writer and extraordinary individual! WOW!

  5. Hi Laura – cousin Cathie in Ohio here. Colleen gave me “or not to be” for my Birthday and I truly LOVED it. I have not enjoyed a book that much since “The Time Traveler’s Wife”. I lost track of how many times you made me laugh out loud. Thank you for writing it. I am excited to read all the others you’ve written. Sending you love from Ohio.

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