Oct 3, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
It occurs to me in light of recent events that there is no persuading some people. If you believe that periodic massacres are an acceptable price to pay for the right of gun enthusiasts to amass arsenals of horrifying lethality, then you are beyond logic, conscience, and decency. I will not bother explaining to you that the founding fathers never intended this, or that the citizens of other first world…
May 4, 2017 by Lauren | 2 comments
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…
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…
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…