Lauren is a poet and storyteller who has been around books her whole life—first as an avid reader, then a bookseller for more than a decade, and now as the evening supervisor of a university library. She writes to escape, cope, and find a deeper meaning to her place in the world. She loves romantic fantasy fiction, dark humor, and any fairy-tale retelling she can get her hands on.

When she’s not writing she’s reading, taking pictures, exploring twisting side streets, spending time alone with her thoughts, and let’s be honest, binge-watching Netflix. Her past lives include research intern, sled dog trainer, historical re-enactor, deputy registrar, Marian shrine volunteer, and freelance graphic designer.

She is currently a contributing writer for The Creative Cafe and Poetrica on Medium. She lives with her husband in western Wisconsin, in the shadows of the bluffs along the Mississippi River.