writer - editor narrator
Lauren Harris is the author of the Millroad Academy Exorcists novella series and Assistant Editor of Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. She's the co-creator of 2012 Parsec Finalist, Pendragon Variety: A Genre Writing Podcast, which is now a network of writing and media associated podcasts and blogs, the Pendragon Variety Network. Her narration can be heard on Audible.com and various fiction podcasts.
Lauren was born in Austin, Texas and lived an itinerant existence until the age of nine, when she settled in Raleigh, NC. Though her family lived in several different homes during the following nine years, Lauren spent her young adulthood in the Oak City.
She started writing at a very young age, dictating her first story to her babysitter at the age of three. It wasn't until her first year in North Carolina, however, that her fourth grade teacher gave her the means to articulate what it was she wanted to be: a writer.
The next several years were spent creating the beginnings of original work and honing her pen with an embarrassing number of X-files, Space Cases, and Animorph fanfics.
Her creativity flourished in high school when she fell in with the girls who would later become the Ladies Pendragon--a group of creative young women who shared a love of stories in all formats. Here she not only earned the nickname Scribe but also met her creative partner in crime, L.A. Erickson. The two continue to create world and stories, many of which Lauren hopes to commit to the page before she dies and is eaten by her many cats.
In 2003, she left Raleigh to attend the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied too many languages and double majored in English and Classics. Here, she finished her first novel, THE MARK OF FLIGHT, which she would go on to rewrite, and then rewrite again. The delete button has never held terror for Scribe.
After university, Lauren moved to Tokyo, Japan to teach English and study Japanese. The experience was life-altering, though she was disappointed to come home with neither a nifty transformation sequence nor a harem of beautifully-groomed men.
After her return to the U.S. in 2010, Lauren wised up to her drawbacks and threw herself into the study of craft, devouring books and blogs and podcasts dedicated to the mechanics of story. At that time, she and the cadre of creative women she'd grown up with were running a fiction writing podcast called Pendragon Variety. It was through this podcast that Lauren truly found a wide, sprawling tribe: the podcast fiction community.
Balticon 2012 changed her life by opening her up to the community of podcasters who would become some of her closest colleagues, supporters, and friends.
Now, Lauren spends four days a week as a cardiac ultrasound technologist, which involves a lot of half-naked people in the dark. The other three days, she can be found in various coffee shops around Raleigh, NC, where she lives with a few spoiled cats and her pet librarian.