Meet our newest Genre-ista, Lauren James. Lauren hails from "down under" and this will be her regular slot (4th Thursday) starting in December. Lauren writes contemporary romance set in a fictitious small town in Oregon.
Sarah and Judith were delighted to "meet" Lauren when she became a member of their home chapter, Rose City Romance Writers, because she won her category in the Golden Rose Contest.
Why? Long time Australian Historical Romance author, Margaret Tanner, had recently left RTG. And the Blog Queens (Sarah and Judith) are committed to maintaining diversity so finding someone outside North America was important.
Check out Lauren's website to see all of her awards!!! ⌣
The following is in Lauren's own words (we copied it from her website).
Lauren James is a country girl at heart. Raised on a small property surrounded by animals, it's no surprise she writes small town romance with lots of love for creatures great and small.
Having failed fabulously at painting, sewing and playing guitar, she finally found her creative outlet in writing strong, quirky heroines, and tough, handsome heroes with gooey animal-loving centers.
In 2016, Lauren's manuscript, Animal Instincts, won The Molly contest, The TARA contest, The Unpublished Maggie Award for Excellence, The Golden Rose contest, and The Lone Star contest.
Lauren lives on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia, with her beloved rescue greyhound, Daisy.