Apr 3, 2017 by Lauren | 14 comments
Our Adoption Journey
Eight years ago, I received a phone call from our adoption lawyer in New York. A couple in Missouri were eight months pregnant and looking for adoptive parents for their soon-to-be-born baby girl. Eight months pregnant! We’d only just completed the paperwork. Would it be processed in time? Was this moving too quickly? Our lawyer emailed us a photograph of the birth parents with their two other children. I burst…
May 4, 2017 by Lauren | 1 comment
What Improv Has Taught Me About Writing
Yes and. Those two words constitute the first rule of improv. If someone steps out onto the stage and says to you: “Hello there, Pirate Jack, I’m sorry to hear that your parrot has died.” Guess what, you’re Pirate Jack now and your parrot is dead. You can’t say: “But I’m not a pirate. I’m a surgeon.” You say, “Yes, I’m a pirate. My parrot is dead. I am in…
Feb 25, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
Hi everyone.    I’ll be launching my new novel, The Free, at Books of Wonder in New York City on Monday, February 27th. Books of Wonder is located at 18 West 18th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue). I’ll be joined by the spectacularly talented author, Justine Larbalestier. There’ll be some reading, some talking, some questions, and book signings. Join us!   If you’re in the Boston area, come and…
Jan 21, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
  When the marching stops, the organizing begins. So I thought it would be useful to lay out some of the principles that I’ve heard being represented in today’s various demonstrations. I’m sure there are more, but this is a start. 1. Women are human beings and, in that capacity, are deserving of equal rights. This includes the right to control their own bodies. 2. LGBTQ people are also human…
Nov 14, 2016 by Lauren | 1 comment
Weekends Child labor laws Universal suffrage Civil rights The abolition of slavery Marriage equality Reproductive freedom   These things weren’t inevitable, nor were they granted to us by our Creator. They were fought for by people who were punished and vilified, even murdered. People who today would be termed, sneeringly, “social justice warriors.”   Yes they were warriors. They were warriors of freedom, compassion, and fairness. And if you just…