Laura Blackwell grew up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and the setting for “Bitter Perfume” is loosely based on it. She now lives in sunny California. She has a horror story in Strange California, edited by Jaym Gates and J. Daniel Batt. Laura is a writer of speculative fiction. Most, but not all, of her stories are contemporary fantasy. Her novelettes and short stories have appeared in magazines and in various print and eBook anthologies, including 2015 Locus Recommended and 2016 World Fantasy Award-winning She Walks in Shadows. She’s the copy editor for Shimmer.