Layla M. Wier is the pen name of artist and writer Layla Lawlor. She was born in a log cabin in rural Alaska and grew up thirty miles from towns, roads, electricity and cars. These days, she lives in Fox, a small town on the highway north of Fairbanks, with her husband, dogs and (occasionally) the odd farm animal. Their house is a log cabin (albeit with running water and a garage) built on gravel tailings from turn-of-the-century strip mining: a varied landscape of stone, slowly reforesting itself with new growth of aspen, birches and spruce trees. Wolves, moose and foxes wander through the front yard. There is an 80-year-old telegraph line on their property, and the nearby woods are strewn with abandoned cabins and gold-rush artifacts ranging from an abandoned gold dredge the size of a 4-story building to a coffin (luckily, an empty one) inexplicably lying in the front yard of one of the old cabins. The gravel tailings in the yard, remnants of an Ice Age river, are laced with the fossil bones of mammoths and bison.
During the short, bright summer Layla enjoys gardening and hiking, and in the winter, she writes, paints and draws. She used to run the layout department of the local newspaper, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, but quit to focus full-time on her writing and art. She has self-published three graphic novels and is presently focused on her prose writing, mostly science fiction and fantasy. She's just begun to venture into writing romance under her maiden name. More of her writing can be found at www.laylalawlor.com, and she blogs under her romance pen name at laylawier.wordpress.com.