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  L. J. Diaz

Laura is thirty-something and was born and raised in a ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ village in rural England, UK. She emigrated to the USA a little over two years ago, married the love of her life in her dream Las Vegas wedding, and now resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband, in a little shack by the beach.
 

Laura believes that animals have the best souls, and dreams of a day where extinction is extinct. She hates suffering of any kind and is a gentle soul. She is the oldest child she knows and still believes in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy. She is yet to stroke a unicorn, talk with a mermaid, and hunt for vampires, but these things are on her bucket list. Laura has faith in the power of prayer, is convinced that tiny miracles happen countless times a day and believes in magic. She finds witchcraft intriguing and would like to bottle sunshine to cure gloomy days. She is a compulsive bookworm and will not leave the house without her kindle.
 

Professionally, Laura has worked her fair share of nine to five jobs, dabbling in human resources and, most recently, politics and government. She can also tell you a thing or two about potatoes, the greatest vegetable to ever grow.

 
She wrote some of her first poems in High School –that’s what all the cool kids seemed to be doing. When she was 14 years old she wrote a poem in English class titled Killer Whale. It was inspired by a movie she watched the night before –Free Willy. She submitted the poem to the International Society of Poets for inclusion in their anthology “Between a Laugh and a Tear,” and was awarded the Editor’s Choice Award in recognition of her outstanding poetic contribution to the anthology.

 
In April 2015, Laura and her husband, Jonathan, celebrated their first wedding anniversary in Santa Catalina. It was here that Laura found a fresh perspective and new inspiration. She began sharing her work with others via social media, and has a small but bountiful following. She also found many talented writers herself, through this medium.

 
In the past six months, Laura has had three poems and 13 accompanying illustrations published, in two chapbooks, as a member of a poetry group called Some Poets. These chapbooks are titled “Wicked. Words” and “Love. Letters.”

 
She wanted her debut collection of poetry to be meaningful and relatable, poems not only written for herself, but for other people too. Catching Snowflakes is about accepting the bad along with the good. It is about moments never to be forgotten, to treasure and to hold dear to our hearts for as long as we can. Moments brimming full with pleasure and moments overflowing with pain –such is life.

 
When Laura is not writing or reading, she is Astrogirl –obsessing over space time continuum and how many icy objects exist in the Oort cloud. Yes, she is somewhat of a space geek and very much in love with the moon.