Laurel Anne Hill—author and former underground storage tank operator—grew up in San Francisco with more dreams of adventure than good sense or money. Her close brushes with death, love of family, respect for honor, and belief in a higher power continue to influence her writing and her life. Laurel classifies her recently published third novel, Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846, as historical fantasy/magical realism. This book relates the gripping tale of a young Latina in Mexican Alta California during the early days of the Bear Flag Rebellion. Her second novel, The Engine Woman’s Light (a spirits-meet-steampunk adventure set in an alternate 19th Century California) has won a total of thirteen honors and awards, including a Kirkus Star. So far, Plague of Flies has received the Distinguished Favorite award from IPA, four honorable mentions, and some terrific reviews. Laurel is the author of over thirty published short stories and many short nonfiction pieces, including one scientific paper. She swears that the spirits of her beloved husband and her Mexican ancestors continue to inspire her writing. More information at