It’s a weird combination, math and writing, but with a degree in math education, Laura has published three math books, all for grownups, not kids.

Math for Grownups (Adams Media, 2011) started it all. A sometimes funny, always accessible book about the math grownups need to be, well, grown up, each chapter focuses on a particular area of life when math is helpful. From gardening to vacationing to shopping, the problems are crafted in a narrative that keeps readers interested and even learning.

Laura wrote Math for Writers: Tell a Better Story, Get Published and Make More Money (Limitless Press, 2014) when she realized that her colleagues were having difficulty with statistical analysis and finding percent change. The three sections are devoted to math in reporting, the math of getting published and the math of managing a freelance writing career.

Her latest math book is Your Daily Math: 366 Number Puzzles and Problems to Keep You Sharp (Barnes and Nobel, 2016), a year’s worth of daily exercises designed to get readers thinking about math in different ways.