My name is Laura Anne Anderson, and I’m in love with words ❤️
Some of my words have won awards, others have been turned into movies or tv shows, some have been published on paper, and I’ve even spoken some of my own words aloud.
I don’t see the point in telling stories that don’t push the boat a little, so even when I’m writing about seemingly conventional things I like to make sure that things aren’t what they first seem. I’m especially happy when I’m writing about diverse and complex characters.
I work full time as a screenwriter for video games, and have done since 2019. It’s a challenging, rewarding industry, and I adore the quick connection that players have with my stories. I’ve worked with companies from around the world on their games, and it’s been great to team up with people who value professional writing – still a rarity in the gaming world.
I got my start by doing some screenwriting nightclasses for a year, then moving on to a Postgraduate Masters in Screenwriting from Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh, my home town.
From this, I quickly won a place on the leading She Writes development programme from The Script Factory and Birds Eye View, supported by Skillset Film Skills Fund and Scottish Screen, and went on to work as a writer (for film and games), and script reader. My work has won or been shortlisted for various screenwriting competitions over the years, and happily a number of things have been made.
In 2016 I won a place on Talent Lab at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where I also won pitching prizes for ‘Best Story’ and ‘Audience Award’ for a comedy screenplay.
As well as games, film and TV screenwriting, I’ve written scripts for audio adventures, apps, and advertisements like the short ‘A Challenge for Little Miss Inventor‘.
I also write fiction, and as well as having a couple of short stories published I’ve recently finished a novel. I’m writing another one just now, a supernatural comedy set in London, and while it can be hard to fit in fiction as well as full time creative writing, it’s worth it.