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Hi, and welcome to my site! I’m Layla Lawlor, a full-time writer living in Fairbanks, AK.


I write fiction under the following pen names:

  • Layla Lawlor – urban fantasy, fantasy, and science fiction. Currently publishing the Gatekeeper series (New Adult urban fantasy). There will be more coming in late 2020. See the books page for the full list.
  • Lauren Esker – M/F paranormal romance and sci-fi romance.
  • Zoe Chant – I’m one of a small group of friends writing M/F shifter romance under the Zoe Chant pen name. Zoe’s Bears of Pinerock County and Bodyguard Shifters series are mine, as well as some standalones.

Comics and Art

My main comics project right now is Kismet, a long-running space opera webcomic. The current book, Sun-Cutter, updates with a new page every Monday; it’s in the final chapter and will likely finish sometime in 2020. The previous book, Hunter’s Moon, can be read online for free. I have a Patreon for Kismet where I share sketchbook material and glimpses of pages in progress.

I also do a limited number of local shows a year selling books, art, and hand-painted ornaments, usually sharing a table with Ellen Million of Ellen Million Graphics. Ellen and I have collaborated on a series of Alaska-themed coloring books: Wildflowers of AlaskaWild Alaska TeasWild Birds of Alaska (this last one with several other artists). These can be bought from Ellen’s website, from Amazon, and in local stores.

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