Writers of the Future Contest Honorable Mention
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.

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Short Bio:

Born and raised in Colorado, LR Braden makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. She writes The Magicsmith urban fantasy series, is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and several of her short stories have received Honorable Mention in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future contest. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. A Drop of Magic is her first novel.

Art and Metalwork:

If you've read A Drop of Magic, you know my main character is a metalsmith who sometimes makes chain mail 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 chain mail jewelry and sell it in my etsy shop under the name Wimsi Design. You can find my creations here.

Upcoming Events:

The entire month of November

For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It happens every November and encourages people from all walks of life to try their hand at writing 50,000 words in the space of one month. It might seem a little odd for me (someone who already spends so much time writing) to participate, but it's a fun way to interact with the writing community both current and aspiring. Also, 50,000 words is well above what I normally write in a month, so this will definitely be a challenge!

If you'd like to be my NaNoWriMo buddy so we can cheer each other on, my profile name is LRBraden. See you online!

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