Author details

Laura Lam


I’m a science fiction and fantasy writer for teens and adults as well as a part-time creative writing MA lecturer at Napier University. I was raised near San Francisco, California, by two former Haight-Ashbury hippies and I relocated to Scotland in 2009. I have a BA in English and Creative Writing from California State University (2009) and completed my MLitt in Creative Writing from the University of Aberdeen in 2015. Additionally, I am a Patron of Reading for Kemnay Academy from 2015-2017.  

About writer's work

PANTOMIME is a young adult circus fantasy set in a Pseudo-Victorian society of the land of Ellada. It stars Micah Grey, a young runaway from life in nobility to become the star of R.H. Ragona’s circus of magic. The sequel, SHADOWPLAY, follows Micah as he learns from one of the greatest magicians in Ellada, Jasper Maske, and uncovers still more secrets of Ellada. The third book in the series, MASQUERADE, will be released in 2017.

PANTOMIME was Scottish Book Trust Teen Book of the Month in May 2014. It was also a top ten title for the American Library Association’s Rainbow List for 2014, was an entry on the 2014 ALA Young Adult Library Services Popular Paperbacks List, won the Bisexual Book Award in Speculative Fiction, and was nominated for other awards, such as the North East Teen Book Award, the Catalyst Book Award, and the Cybils.

FALSE HEARTS is the first of my Pacifica thrillers, near-future science fiction set on the West Coast of the US. It stars formerly conjoined twins who were raised in a cult. Ten years later, one twin is accused of murder and the other twin must assume the other’s identity to prove her innocence and save her life. It was a BBC Radio 2 Book Club selection in July 2016. SHATTERED MINDS, the second Pacifica book, is out in 2017. My short work and poetry has also appeared in various magazines and anthologies.

My work often features acceptance, identity, diversity, the line between magic and technology, romance, and adventure.


Websites featuring the author

Laura Lam: websiteOn twitterOn facebookOn tumblrOn Instagram

Current events and projects

I am available for workshops at schools, libraries, book festivals, community centres, and other events and venues. I have done over sixty events throughout the UK and the US.

My visits usually contain the following: An introduction, my publishing path, my writing process, individual or group work writing exercises if (it’s a practice-based event) and encouraging others to share their work, Q&As, and a reading or signing session. I can also do more targeted sessions on worldbuilding, characterization, plot & editing, submitting your work, and more.

Types of Events:

  • School Visits
  • Readings
  • Residencies
  • Workshops
  • Book Festivals
  • Conventions


Local authority where they are based


Local authorities where they can work

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles), Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee, East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Lothian, East Renfrewshire, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow, Highland, Inverclyde, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire, West Lothian, Other

Age groups

Teens, Adults

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Books written

False Hearts

Author(s): Laura Lam
One night Tila stumbles home, terrified and covered in blood. She's then arrested for murder, the first by a civilian in decades.
Masquerade cover


Author(s): Laura Lam
Micah’s Chimaera powers are growing, until his dark visions overwhelm him. Drystan is forced to take him to Dr Pozzi, to save his life.
Shadowplay cover


Author(s): Laura Lam
The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes. He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske.
Pantomime cover


Author(s): Laura Lam
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination.