As a long-time resident of the Pasadena area, Laura B. Monteros started taking her kids to the Rose Parade when they were just little tykes. Over the years, she's gone to the Rose Bowl game, decorated Rose Parade floats, stood on the street or sat in the grandstands to watch, and organized seating and a continental breakfast for 635 visitors. When the last of the four offspring took off for college, Laura decided to indulge her passion and began writing a Tournament of Roses column for Examiner.com in 2010. She enjoys seeing a float go from concept drawing through all the stages to the final flower-bedecked creation. As well as writing about the floats, Laura likes to talk to the people involved in the Tournament of Roses, from the volunteers who keep the parade route clean to the Rose Queen and her Court.
Laura has also written about community events, culture, people, and places of interest both online and in print. She is a contributor to two anthologies of non-fiction stories, Using All the Colors and Colors Revisited, helped launch and served as associate editor for three years on the Pasadena Tournament magazine for the Los Angeles Times, and manages a Facebook page devoted to the Rose Parade. She has three grandchildren who keep her busy when she's not putting pen to paper or working in cyberspace.