Laura Leigh Abby is a writer who focuses on memoir and personal essay. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her wife Sam and their two young boys. Laura and Sam appeared on the second season of Bravo TV’s Newlyweds: The First Year and are active in the LGBTQ+ community. Together Laura and Sam own a fitness studio in Beacon, New York, where Laura is an indoor cycling and boxing group-fitness instructor. Her essays have been featured in publications like Cosmopolitan, the Washington Post, Vice, and Conde Nast’s them., among others. Her 2016 Amazon Kindle Single The Rush was a memoir about falling in love with her sorority sister in college. Spoiler alert: They’re still together. Her book 2Brides2Be: A Same Sex Guide for the Modern Bride was published in 2017 and features a mix of memoir and practical advice for couples planning two-bride weddings.
Laura is originally from Long Island, New York, but spent 6 years of her youth in Ontario, Canada where she became a dual citizen. She majored in Creative Writing at Emerson College and went on to The New School for her MFA. The most consistent feedback she gets about her writing is also the most gratifying, and it is that she’s “relatable.” She writes to share her truth because she believes that there are other women living out a similar experience. Whether she’s sharing what it feels like to get a perineal massage from her wife to prepare for childbirth—not good—what it’s like to choose a sperm donor, or why keeping a journal helped her accept her sexuality, she believes that there are always other people out there who can relate to her experience, and who are grateful that someone is willing to open up about it.