Featured Interview With Lauren Lola
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a bit of a multi-hyphenate writer. I’m an author, playwright, journalist, blogger, and a budding screenwriter. I was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I still reside to this day. I have numerous interests and I’m a geek in my own right. I’m also a mystery to some people.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I honestly couldn’t give you a precise answer. Books – as well as storytelling just in general- have been my love from a very young age. I’ve been creating my own little stories even before I knew how to write, and once I learned how, the possibilities became endless.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I’ll try to answer these questions as best I can. My interest in the literary world is just all over the place.
Celeste Ng, Witi Ihimaera, Haruki Murakami, and Peter Tieryas are just a handful of some of the authors whose works I immensely enjoy.
I can’t say there is any particular genre that I favor over others. For me, as long as the story moves me, that’s all that matters.
While I draw inspiration from some people, really I’m inspired by people whom I personally would like to see more of in this crazy world of ours.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book is called “An Absolute Mind,” and I released it in November 2016 (exactly a week after the U.S. presidential election). It’s the story of a college student who discovers she has a unique mental ability for seeing the memories of significant objects. After almost being killed for it, she is taken to a secret island for her safety. It is there that she decides to take matters into her own hands and take action against inaction, on behalf of all people who have the same ability as her.
This book took two and a half years from start to finish, and it makes for unique timing. Despite being written in a much different time period than we are in now, it addresses a lot of subject matter that is part of the public conscious nowadays. That’s why I really push for people to read this book, for I believe it can contribute a lot to the conversations that are going on.
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