Hi, I’m Lauren! I’m an author, travel journalist, video host and dog lover splitting my time between Nashville and Los Angeles. My first book, Gizelle’s Bucket List, is out now with Simon & Schuster! The book is a true story about life with my English mastiff, Gizelle, so if you want to learn more about me than this bio can provide (or if you just really, really love dogs like I do) you should check out the book here!:)
I was born March 6,1989 in Dallas, Texas, and grew up in the suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee. Though if you’re looking for a typical “southern bell,” you probably came to the wrong place. Traveling is one of my greatest passions, and my travel travails have included riding a camel named Booboo through the Sahara desert, bungee jumping off the tallest bridge in South Africa, exploring the colorful streets of Varanasi, and finding the most magical bookstore in Paris. But perhaps my biggest adventure of all happened when I was twenty-three and decided to pack up my life in Tennessee to move to the middle Times Square with my English mastiff, Gizelle.
I have worked in fashion and travel PR, where I represented a number of hotel and travel-industry clients by day, and took writing classes at night. I’ve been a student at MatadorU, school for Travel Journalism, Photography, and Filmmaking, as well as Gotham Writers’ Workshop. When I’m not writing, I’m training for my next marathon or adventuring around California with my rescue Basenji named Bette. I’m an ambassador for Shatterproof, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping families who struggle with addiction. I also like making bucket lists— human and dog bucket lists. I believe that adventures are all around us, and dogs are a reminder that even the simplest ones are worth celebrating.
Thanks for visiting my website, and I hope you keep in touch.