Lauren Emily Whalen's third 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. Kirkus Reviews called Take Her Down "[a]n intense ride of bisexuality and backstabbing", and the book has been featured on LGBTQReads and BuzzFeed.

 

Lauren's second YA novel, Two Wintersa queer YA retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale was released 9/14/21 by Bold Strokes Books. Two Winters was recently featured on BuzzFeed, and Kirkus Reviews calls the book "unabashedly queer, moving and sincere."

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 book for young readers Dealing With Drama (ABDO Publishing, 2021).

 

Lauren's (ahem) adult romance short fiction can be found on

Bellesa.co 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.