Laura Kelly Robb
Laura Kelly Robb was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the fifth of six daughters and one of many cousins in a large extended Irish family. Raised on stories of the Depression times on the south side of Pittsburgh, Laura started writing early on.
She finished high school in White Plains, New York and graduated from the University of Toronto, majoring in Political Science and History. She soon moved abroad and taught English for five years at the Colegio Universitario de Vigo in the northwest provinces of Spain. Her years there added to her store of modern day and historical tales, and she began to write short stories and plays. To earn extra money, she worked as a guide for cruise ship passengers taking coach tours of the countryside, telling the region's historical and mythical tales to entertain the passengers.
Upon her return to the U.S., Laura worked a variety of jobs until finishing her teaching certificate at the University of Washington. She then helped support her young family by teaching Spanish and History at public high schools in the Puget Sound area. She continued to work on her writing craft by finishing the Screenwriting Program at the University of Washington, and a three-week writing course at the University of Iowa’s Writers Workshop. She was a winner of the Washington State Screenplay Competition as well as a book reviewer for the Vashon Island newspaper, the Beachcomber.
In 2012, Laura started Mark House Publishing, a cooperative of Seattle writers and artists aimed at producing works of significance for the Pacific Northwest community. China Rock is the inaugural work for the Mark House imprint.
Laura lives on Vashon Island with her husband, educator Paul Robb, and is at work on the second book about the Mohan clan.