“When we deny our stories, they define us. When we own our stories, we get to write a brave new ending.” –Brené Brown

I first learned the art of storytelling as a child, at the feet of my grandmother, Olive Mae. On warm East Texas nights, swatting at mosquitoes, I listened for hours as she spoke of family legends, tall tales, and recounted her favorite Stephen King novels (which admittedly gave me nightmares but I loved all the same). It was then I began collecting stories — in my brain, in notebooks, on scraps of paper, and, eventually, in computer files.

After graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2007 with a degree in English and Creative Writing, I began writing professionally. You may remember my blog, Lauren from Texas, which I wrote from 2009-2013 (RIP). Now, I’m working on an eBook, a collection of short stories that will be delivered via email, and at some point in 2019, a memoir. For now, you can:

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