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 two playful cats. 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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Author Bio:

L.R. Braden is the bestselling author of the Magicsmith and Rifter urban fantasy series, as well as several works of shorter fiction. When not writing, she spends her time reading in a multitude of genres (speculative fiction is her favorite), playing games with her family, enjoying Colorado’s great outdoors, and weaving metal into intricate chain mail jewelry that she sells through her Etsy shop, WimsiDesign.

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: Wimsi Design. You can find my current creations here.

Where to find me:

Wellington Farmers Market
July 28, 2024

Mile Hi Con
October 25-27, 2024

Denver, CO
This convention features authors, artists, speakers and programming on every aspect of the science fiction and fantasy genres.

Coastal Magic Convention
February 20-23, 2025

Daytona Beach, FL
A beachside reader weekend celebrating the magic of stories and storytellers.

Awards & Accolades:

Amazon Bestseller
Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalist
Writers of the Future Contest Honorable Mention


Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers
Colorado Authors League
Sisters in Crime