From a young age, Lauren's passions included reading and writing! She writes fiction, and books in her field. She is a member of SCBWI and enjoys crafting picture books, middle grade and young adult novels. Lauren always has a work in progress, an idea brewing, courage for tough revisions, and a host of characters milling about waiting for their stories to be told.
Lauren's debut: ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE MAKE WAVES (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions) splashed onto bookshelves in June 2019. The companion volume, ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT (Illustrated by Nate Wragg/Two Lions), is expected September 1, 2020. HOME FOR A WHILE (Illustrated by Natalia Moore/Magination Press) is due out February 2, 2021.
Lauren is also the author of a children's picture book entitled, A Week of Switching, Shifting and Stretching my Thoughts: How to Make my Thinking More Flexible so I Can Have Fun, and My Sensory Book: Working Together to Explore Sensory Issues and the Big Feelings They Can Cause: A Workbook for Parents, Professionals, and Children. Lauren authored a textbook about Autism Spectrum Disorders which is available as an on-line course through Western Schools Publishing. Lauren’s latest book, tentatively titled: Emotion Regulation: Helping Children and Adolescents Take Charge of Their Feelings will be available soon.
In addition to a passion for reading and writing, Lauren continues to enjoy her career as a mental health clinician. She is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in working with children, adolescents, adults and families. Lauren is a nationally recognized speaker.
Lauren loves stretching her creative brain with StoryStorm, ReFoReMo, 12x12, NaPiBoWriWee, #FireButtChallenges, and conferences. Lauren is a judge with Rate Your Story, and runs her own critique business. She is one of the founders of #ReVISIONweek, which takes place in September each year. She is also a member of Picture Book Buzz, Seen in '19, 20/20 Vision PB's, and 2020 Book Look, 2021 Picture Book Scribblers, and 2021BookBlast.
Lauren currently lives in Colorado with her husband, their two dragons...er, daughters, and her rescue dogs, Hudson and Duke. She is represented by Deborah Warren with East/West Literary Agency.
Lauren's writing goals are simple: Read voraciously. Embrace feedback. Grow each day. Work hard. Be passionate. Write courageously. Touch children's hearts.
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ROSIE THE DRAGON AND CHARLIE SAY GOOD NIGHT is heading to shelves near you in 2020! You can pre-order it NOW!