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Laura Picklesimer

Laura's fiction has been featured in the Santa Ana River Review, Bookwoman, Gold Man Review, the Pomona Valley Review and the California Current Writers Series, among other publications. She was the grand prize winner of Enizagam Journal’s 2018 Fiction Contest (judged by acclaimed author Rachel Khong), won third place in the 2021 Rougarou Fabulism & Speculative Fiction Contest, received third place in the Women’s National Book Association’s 2018 YA Fiction Contest, and was a finalist for the 2018 Speculative Literature Foundation Diverse Worlds Grant. Laura earned a creative writing degree from UCLA and an MFA from Cal State Long Beach. She teaches English and creative writing at Chaffey College.


"In her clear and visceral sentences that evoke a world both like and unlike our own, Picklesimer places you completely in the narrator's haunting, singular journey."

~Rachel Khong


Kill For Love is Laura's debut novel. The novel recently won the 2020 Book Pipeline Grand Prize in the Mystery/Thriller category, the Launch Pad Prose 2021 Top Book Prize, Arch Street Press's 2019 First Chapter Writing Contest and was long listed for the Stockholm Writers Festival's 2019 First Pages Prize.


Kill for Love is an upmarket, searing satirical thriller about Tiffany, a privileged Los Angeles sorority sister who's struggling to keep her sadistic impulses---and haunting nightmares of fire and destruction---at bay. After a frat party hookup devolves into a bloody, fatal affair, Tiffany realizes something within her has awoken: the insatiable desire to kill attractive young men. As Tiffany's bloodlust deepens and the bodies pile up, she must contend with mounting legal scrutiny, social media-fueled competing murders, and her growing relationship with Weston---whom she thinks could be the perfect boyfriend. A female-driven, modern-day American Psycho, Kill for Love exposes the toxic plasticity of Los Angeles and Gen Z through gut-busting, darkly comedic prose and an outrageously propulsive plot.

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