Laurell K. Hamilton

Laurell Kaye Hamilton (born February 19, 1963) is an American fantasy and romance writer. She is the author of two series of stories. Hamilton is known for her New York Times-bestselling Anita Blake series, featuring a professional zombie raiser/supernatural consultant for the police as the protagonist in a world where vampires and werecreatures not only exist, but are citizens with recently protected, if nervously granted, civil rights in the US. The series has 19 novels, several short story collections, and other medias tie-ins such as comic books. She is also known for her Merry Gentry series, an urban fantasy in which the world of fairy interacts with the "real world".

Laurell Kaye Hamilton was born in Heber Springs, Arkansas but grew up in Sims, Indiana with her grandmother Laura Gentry. Her education includes degrees in English and biology from Marion (now Indiana Wesleyan University), a private Evangelical Christian liberal arts college in Marion, Indiana that is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church denomination.
Hamilton is involved with a number of animal charities, particularly supporting dog rescue efforts and wolf preservation.
Hamilton lives in St. Louis County, Missouri with husband Jonathon Green and daughter Trinity.

Laurell K. Hamilton is the author of two series of stories:
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter is about a female necromancer and her relationships with vampires and wereanimals. The series runs to 19 novels as of February 2010, and a number of short story collections and other tie-in media such as comic books. More than 6 million copies of Anita Blake novels have been printed[1] and it became a New York Times bestseller.
Merry Gentry is an urban fantasy in which fairies live in the USA. Hamilton published the first book in 2000.
Both series focus in part on St. Louis, Missouri. The city is the home base for Anita Blake. In the Merry Gentry series, the home base for the fairies' Dark Court is at Cahokia Mounds, across the Mississippi River from St. Louis.

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