Lauren’s career began at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, when her thesis 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 a journey to analyze how music influences, and is influenced by, life and society.
As an award-winning 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, Rob Halford, Suicidal Tendencies, Rob Zombie, Slayer, Slipknot, Phil Anselmo, John 5, Anthrax, Cradle of Filth, the Melvins’ Buzz Osbourne, Lacuna Coil, Limp Bizkit, Korn, Warbeast, Cake, The Used, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Ted Nugent, Zakk Wylde, Al Jourgensen, Rex Brown, Vinnie Paul, Anthrax, Megadeth, Arthur Brown, Pepper, DevilDriver, Dragonforce, Atmosphere, Hatebreed, Ghost B.C., Eddie Trunk, Blue Oyster Cult, Cannibal Corpse, Deftones, The Pixies, Godsmack, Suicide Silence, Otep, Queensryche, Mickey Avalon, Clutch, Exodus, Texas Hippie Coalition, Doro, Butcher Babies, Doyle Von Frankenstein, Huntress, Slightly Stoopid, Tech N9ne, and more.
A fixture on the the Heavy Metal Television VJ competition judges’ panel, she hosted the weekly news show “The Cutting Edge of Metal” on Heavy Metal Television and also worked as a record label liaison, booking artist interviews for the VJs. For three years straight, she was awarded “Most Metal Journalist” at the Heavy Metal Television Awards.
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 16+ years experience in editorial positions at a range of magazines, including True West, a 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 90 years ago in Detroit for visiting auto industry executives. Magazine work isn’t her only medium; she edits memoirs, creative nonfiction, fiction, and expert guides, through a handful of publishing imprints that employ her.
She is also currently the associate publisher at two pioneering indie hybrid publishing imprints: She Writes Press, awarded 2019 Indie Publisher of the Year, and SparkPress.
Lauren’s hobbies include oil painting, cooking, and exploring museums. Obsessions? Vinyl records, the Kansas City Chiefs, 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.