Lauren’s professional career began during her first semester at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, when a thesis she wrote analyzing Pink Floyd’s “Money” prompted her Sociology professor to claim that rock ‘n’ roll does not pertain to society—a debate that quickly spread to the rest of the classroom, and spurred her life-long journey to analyze how music influences, and is influenced by, life and society.
As a heavy metal/hard rock journalist, she’s conducted interviews with some of the most influential names and bands in rock and metal music, including Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, the Doors’ John Densmore, Peter Frampton, Metallica, Marky Ramone, 311, Alice Cooper, Lamb of God, Journey, Ministry, Deep Purple, Volbeat, HIM, Rob Halford, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Phil Anselmo, John 5, Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, Cradle of Filth, the Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne, Lacuna Coil, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Warbeast, Cake, The Used, Black Veil Brides, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde, Al Jourgensen, Rex Brown, Vinnie Paul, Anthrax, Megadeth, Korn, Arthur Brown, Pepper, DevilDriver, Dragonforce, Atmosphere, Brendon Small, Hatebreed, Ghost B.C., Eddie Trunk, Suicidal Tendencies, Blue Oyster Cult, Cannibal Corpse, Deftones, The Pixies, Godsmack, Suicide Silence, Otep, Queensryche, Il Nino, Mickey Avalon, The Aristocrats, Clutch, Exodus, Texas Hippie Coalition, Doro, Dark Tranquillity, Butcher Babies, Doyle Von Frankestein, Huntress, Slightly Stoopid, Tech N9ne, and more.
After being on the judges’ panel at the Heavy Metal Television VJ competition, she went on to work as the station’s host of “The Cutting Edge of Metal,” a weekly show that discusses the most up-to-date news in the industry, and also worked as a record label liaison, booking artist interviews for the VJs.
In addition to music, she has a stack of clips in the areas of culture, nonprofits/poverty issues, history, culinary arts, and travel. Over the years she’s ventured through Europe, Vietnam, Taiwan, The Virgin Islands, Cambodia and Mexico, which has opened the doors to many cultures and editorial styles.
In addition to writing, she has 12+ years experience in editorial positions at a range of magazines, including True West, Western history publication; Runway, an international fashion magazine emulated in the film The Devil Wears Prada; and WHERE magazine, a travel magazine that began more than 80 years ago in Detroit for visiting auto industry executives. Magazine work isn’t her only medium; she regularly edits books, including memoirs, creative nonfiction, fiction, and expert guides, through a handful of publishing imprints that employ her.
Lauren’s hobbies include oil painting, cooking and exploring museums. Obsessions? Vinyl records, Fantasy Football, the sound of a piano and guitar, the beach, hockey, a nice glass of bourbon, and the feeling of a book in her hands—ironic, since she has about 400 on her shelves, and is allergic to paper.