My love of stories started young. Books were my constant companions through a childhood that bounced me from school to school, and I spent more time with my nose in a book or hunched over a drawing than playing with the ever-changing cast of children.

After initially refusing to commit to a major in college, I eventually graduated with two: English Literature and Studio Art. Along the way I read a forest of books and picked up lots of random skills like conversational Japanese and how to make chain mail (as in armor, not letters no one wants). I also got a job at the campus library—an occupation that has persisted though the locations have changed.

While I love to travel, I’m always happy to come back home to Colorado where I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with my wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. My favorite season is autumn, when the leaves are a riot of color and I can finally wear my collection of fuzzy socks. I have a weakness for sweets and pizza.

Follow me on BookBub, Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Short Bio:

Author of The Magicsmith urban fantasy series, L.R. Braden lives in the foothills of the Colorado Rockies with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. Her debut novel, A Drop of Magic, was a multiple award winner and Amazon bestseller. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art.

Awards & Accolades:

Amazon Bestseller
Writers of the Future Contest Honorable Mention
Inks & Insights 3rd Place


Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Sisters in Crime
Colorado Authors League

Wimsi Design

Art and Metalwork:

If you've read A Drop of Magic, you know my main character is a metalsmith who sometimes makes chainmail in her spare time. Well, I followed the old adage, "write what you know." When I'm not frantically trying to meet my writing deadlines, I weave together intricate chainmail jewelry and sell it in my etsy shop under the name Wimsi Design. You can find my current creations here.

For news about release dates, discounts, and more, sign up for my newsletter:     emailJoin Mailing List