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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Anne Laughlin  

Pen Name: Lesley Gowan

Genre: Fiction Other

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1955 in Chicago, Illinois

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Anne lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Anne Laughlin is the author of the novels Veritas and Runaway. Her novel The Collectors was written under the pen name Lesley Gowan.Anne’s short stories have appeared in anthologies from Cleis Press, Alyson Books, Bold Strokes Books and others. Her awards include Best Lesbian Mystery in 2010 for Veritas from the Golden Crown Literary Society (the “Goldies”), and a short list nomination in the Lesbian Erotica category for The Collectors in 2011 from the Lambda Literary Foundation (the “Lammys).Anne was selected as a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writer Fellow in 2008.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 1602821240

Bold Strokes Books. 2009

When the hallowed halls of academia become the stage for murder, newly appointed Dean Beth Ellis's search for the truth leads her to unexpected discoveries about her own heart. For Beth Ellis, Grafton College and its faculty and students are her home and family. But the president of the college rubs everyone the wrong way, the new English professor on campus isn't much more popular, and Beth has her hands full trying to keep the peace as various campus factions quarrel. Still, she didn't expect a tenure battle to end in murder. Sally Sullivan left the Chicago police homicide division and returned to her hometown where, as chief of police, she expected her greatest challenges to be dealing with car accidents and drunk drivers. But faced with a murder investigation with more motives than evidence and an inexperienced staff, Sally finds small-town policing isn't as simple as she thought. Neither are her growing feelings for Beth Ellis. As Sally and Beth's different worlds collide, their desire to solve the murder is complicated by their unexpected attraction. A second murder on campus places the survival of the college itself, their tenuous relationship, and even their lives in jeopardy.

ISBN: 1602826498

Bold Strokes Books. 2012

With her life as a private investigator in Chicago firmly established, Jan Roberts can often forget where she came from—a backwoods survivalist camp run by her paranoid, dictatorial father. After risking her life at sixteen to escape the camp, she finds it hard to understand the runaway teenager she's been hired to find. With each step on the trail to find her, Jan realizes the girl is running to the same part of Idaho she fled, a digital age version of her father's way of life.

Complicating her mission is the new owner of the security firm she works for, a former British agent who has her own secrets to hide. When the sparks fly between them, Jan finds Catherine wanting to share not only her bed, but also her quest to find the missing teen. The journey to the deep woods of Idaho is a voyage to the heart of darkness for Jan, where the reality of her past can no longer be contained, nor her feelings for Catherine denied.


  • 2010 Golden Crown Literary Society Award , ''Veritas''
  • Lambda Literary Award nomination , ''The Collectors''

    Speaking Engagements

    Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

    Anne is particularly interested in LGBTQ appearances for young people or in areas outside metro Chicago where gay authors are not a readily available to the public. Please contact Annie at or at 773-255-0651.