Laura Lynn Brown grew up in Ohio. She earned her B.A. in English and journalism at Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and her M.F.A. in nonfiction at the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught composition and journalism and currently is a copy editor and occasional writer at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, where her headline writing has won state and national awards. She once won first place in the Pittsburgh Harvest Fair for growing the best cherry tomatoes. She lives in Arkansas and drives a Cosmic Blue Toyota Matrix.