Lauren has been writing since since she was old enough to hold a pen. Her father is a writer, and she grew up believing words were the only way she could clearly connect with this world. She wrote fanfiction as early as eleven, short stories through middle school, poetry through high school and prose through college. She graduated in 2014 with a BA in English from the University of Minnesota, and she's been trying to make time for her words amidst the reality of post-graduate career-making. She is a survivor of abuse; emotional abuse was normalcy growing up in her household. As an adult, sexual abuse wormed its way into her life as well. She's experienced abusive relationships of nearly every variety; parental, (the longest) relationships, (the most consistent) and even friendships (the most surprising.) Writing about it gives back some of the control that was taken from her.