L. Morris Beals
Lauren grew up on the windy plains of Oklahoma where she developed a love of stories at a young age. In the first grade she won the title of Reading Champion after reading more books than anyone else in her grade. By the fifth grade she was obsessed with ghost stories and was hard at work filling notebooks with her own.
She graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2009 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Women’s Studies. Initially Lauren dreamed of writing movies and cranked out four screenplays in the few years after college, but found that she didn’t possess the social skills required to get her scripts out into the world. Dejected, she dove into books headfirst, falling in love with one Young Adult series after another, and it wasn’t long until an idea smacked her in the forehead: Write your own YA story! So she did, and she is thrilled to have Storm Literary represent it.
Lauren’s favorite authors are also her heroes. Among them are J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Margaret Atwood, and Isaac Asimov. Recent favorites are Lauren Groff and Roxane Gay. A list of her top books would include Contact by Carl Sagan, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, but she believes the best books ever written in the four-and-a-half billion year history of planet Earth are the seven Harry Potter novels. And she’s willing to defend this claim.
In 2015, after twelve years of dating, Lauren finally married her high school sweetheart at the county courthouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Recently they moved from Oklahoma to the mountains of Colorado, settling in the Durango area. When Lauren’s not reading or writing she’s probably taking mountain walks with her beagle, Barney, binge watching Star Trek on Netflix, or dreaming about attending Hogwarts.