Laura Anne Gilman was born in 1967 in suburban New Jersey. She received a Liberal Arts education from the Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, and was inducted into the Phi Alpha Theta honors society. She started her career in publishing as an editorial assistant in New York City.
After publishing several short stories (her first professional fiction sale was 1994 to Amazing Stories), some media tie-ins, and a job as an executive editor she published her first original novel Staying Dead, a "Cosa Nostradamus"-universe "Retrievers" book. The first book of a second series in this universe named "Paranormal Scene Investigations", Hard Magic, was published in Spring 2010, and a second should follow in Spring 2011. Flesh and Fire, the first novel in the "Vineart War" series, was released in 2009. The "Vineart War" series deviates from the urban fantasy setting of the Cosa Nostradamus books, having more of a traditional fantasy feel. Flesh and Fire was nominated for the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
She currently lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. Productions. Laura Anne Gilman is a member of the BookView Cafe, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and Novelists, Inc.
Laura Anne Gilman has done multiple signings in a variety of venues with a group of fantasy authors who fondly refer to themselves as the "Magnificent 7". This group is made up of Laura Anne Gilman, Patricia Bray, Joshua Palmatier, Jackie Kessler, S.C. Butler, Anton Strout, and Barbara Campbell.