Lauren Emily Whalen woke up one morning and wrote a story about unrequited crushes and a summer production of Cinderella. The story became a novel, which wasn't very good, but Lauren began scribbling in notebooks on her lunch break. Lauren's second YA novel, Two Wintersa queer YA retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale will be released September 14 by Bold Strokes Books and is now available for preorder. Two Winters was recently featured on BuzzFeed, and Kirkus Reviews calls the book "unabashedly queer, moving and sincere."

Lauren's next novel Take Her Down, a contemporary queer YA reimagining of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, will be released by Bold Strokes Books on March 15, 2022. Click here for the cover/preorder reveal on LGBTQReads.


Her debut YA novel, Satellitewas released in 2017 by World Castle Publishing, and her queer YA short story "I Saw Her Again" appears in the 2020 holiday anthology Link by Link (Midnight Tide Publishing). Lauren is also the author of the nonfiction YA book Dealing With Drama (ABDO Publishing, 2021).


Lauren's (ahem) adult romance short fiction can be found on and in the anthologies Best Women's Erotica of the Year, vol. 5 and Between the Covers: A Bookstore Erotica Anthology. She's an Equity Membership Candidate actor and very amateur aerialist who lives in Chicago with her cat, Versace.