Laura Hickman

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Laura Curtis Hickman
Laura Hickman
Born Laura Curtis
(1956-12-07) December 7, 1956 (age 60)
Long Beach, California
Occupation Novelist, game designer
Nationality American
Period 1984–present
Genre Fantasy fiction
Spouse Tracy Hickman (1977–present)
Children 4

Laura Curtis Hickman (born December 7, 1956 in Long Beach, California) is an American internationally published fantasy author, best known for her works in game design and fantasy novels with husband, Tracy Hickman. Tracy and Laura, who were childhood sweethearts, married in 1977 and have four children.

Early life[edit]

Laura Curtis was born in Long Beach, California to Clarence and Jenny Curtis. She grew up in Southern California until her parents moved to Provo, Utah just prior to her entering Junior High School. There while she was in 7th grade, she met Tracy Hickman in the lunch room of Farrer Junior High School. They dated off-and-on through their years at Provo High School until Tracy left to serve a church mission in Indonesia in 1975. Like her husband Tracy, Laura is a Latter-day Saint.[1]

Tracy served two years of service as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2] Hickman and Curtis were married in 1977.[2] They were married three months after his return on June 17, 1977.


Tracy and Laura wrote the original versions of the modules Rahasia and Pharaoh together, and privately published them.[3] The Hickmans published Pharaoh through DayStar West Media in 1980.[4]:15 Tracy went into business, but his associate left the Hickmans with $30,000 in bad checks to cover.[3] Driven into bankruptcy, Tracy sent Rahasia and Pharaoh to TSR, "literally so that I could buy shoes for my children".[3] TSR wanted the modules, but hired Tracy as well: “They said it would be easier to publish my adventures if I was part of the company. So, we made the move from Utah to Wisconsin.”[3] The Hickmans also designed I6: Ravenloft (1983) for TSR.[4]:15

Laura was the co-creator of Dragonlance (with her husband, Tracy Hickman) and was the inspiration for Laurana Kanan.[3]

Tracy and Laura Hickman wrote the adventure Out in the Black (2006) for the Serenity Role Playing Game for Margaret Weis Productions.[4]:353



    1. Baking Outside the Box



  1. ^ Mormon Literature Database entry for Laura Hickman
  2. ^ a b Varney, Allen (August 1998). "ProFiles: Tracy Hickman". Dragon. Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast (#250): 120. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Weis, Margaret (April 1987). "TSR Profiles". Dragon. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: TSR, Inc. (#120): 91. 
  4. ^ a b c Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  5. ^ Sojourner Tales, Kickstarter page

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