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Biography

[Lauren, her husband, and her two sons and daughter on a sailboat in a sunny harbor] A recent photo of my family. (Can you tell we love to sail?)
Left to right: my husband Jack, my son Brent, my daughter Devon, my son Blake, and me.
I decided to become a writer in the third grade (or, as my Canadian friends call it, grade three), after winning a Why My Mother is the Greatest essay contest and having my entry published in a major newspaper. Seeing my words in print was a thrill! But everyone told me it's too hard for novelists to get published, so after college I spent fourteen years as the CEO of my own jewelry store chain before writing my first book. A mistake? Maybe…but my first heroine, Amethyst, was a jeweler, so at least I took advantage of that wise old saying, Write what you know. And I learned a good lesson: Don't let other people tell you what you can or can't do!

I write humorous historical romance mostly set in England and Scotland in the 17th and 19th centuries (Restoration and Regency periods). I've been oh-so-lucky to see my books hit bestseller lists all over the world, including the New York Times and USA Today lists, making this second career a real dream come true. I live in Southern California with my husband, our three young adult children, and one constantly shedding cat, and I still think my mother is the greatest!

To read more about me (although I can't imagine why you'd want to), check out these interviews:

To email me, visit the E-Mail Lauren page.  I love to hear from readers, and I answer all my mail, although if I'm on deadline it often takes longer than I'd like.

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Facts & Favorites from readers' questions

Date and Place of Birth
March 3, Hollywood, California
Pet
Mocha Frappuccino, a Birman cat
Candy
American: Milky Way Dark (frozen is best!) and those little colored dots you peel off a strip of paper
British: Crunchie
Romance novel
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux
Other books
The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End by Ken Follett (actually, pretty much everything by Ken Follett)
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin
Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The Bronze Horseman and Tatiana and Alexander by Paullina Simons
Sports
Ice hockey, gymnastics, figure skating, baseball, and anything during the Olympics! (Please note: I watch these sports.  You'd laugh if you saw me try to do them.)
Teams
Anaheim Ducks, Anaheim Angels
Food
Prime rib, artichokes, crème brûlée
Drink
Iced tea, Otima port
Color
Red—the brighter the better!
Collections
Antique books and original set lists from concerts I've been to
Dream car
Jaguar convertible
Actual car
Dodge minivan
Movies
Braveheart, Private Benjamin, The Thomas Crown Affair, The American President, When Harry Met Sally, True Lies, Ever After, Love Actually, Pride and Prejudice (2005 version), The Holiday, Crazy Stupid Love
Play
Les Misérables
Music
Rock 'n roll, Celtic, Renaissance (but not classical!)
Musical artists
Check my Links page—they're all there!

Email me if you want to know another fact or favorite!

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