Lauren Shiro

Biography

Lauren Shiro was published nationally for the first time at age fourteen. Since then, her work has been published in newspapers, magazines, literary journals, and even textbooks.

In 2006, she began writing fiction and she hasn't stopped yet. From her set of intertwined short stories in Loving Her, to the powerhouse duo of Imperfect and Impeccable, Lauren has written stories that are sure to touch your heart. Lauren continues to write stories of love without boundaries.

When she's not writing, Lauren works as a licensed veterinary technician. In her spare time, she enjoys everything from wood working to roller derby. She resides in Rochester, New York with her wife and their menagerie of furry and feathered friends.

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
It's not so much inspiration as much as it is the three dogs waking me up as they claim they are starving to death at 6 a.m. LOL.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I do some woodworking, wood furniture refinishing and such. It can be hard work at times, but it brings about a zen-like state for me, and I feel almost as emotionally satisfied working on a wood piece as I do finishing a story.
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Loving Her, The Series, Volume 2
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 77,880. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In this series of stories, we meet a group of loving friends and couples. Each member of this group is diverse in personalities and abilities, but they are tied together by the common denominator - love. from Chelle Cordero, Combining Passion & Suspense ... Volume 2 includes: The Peace Officer, The Shelter Director, The Writer, and The Vet Student
The Vet Student
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 26,170. Language: English. Published: June 20, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Determined to escape the small town and her religious, stifling parents,Katie works hard to get into veterinary school... in Philadelphia. Katie refused to let anything – or anyone – destroy her dream. Not even her own parents. She suffered many losses along the way, but she gained so much more. Tumultuous and tender, Katie’s story closes the Loving Her series... for now.
The Writer
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,780. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Everyone has that one friend; the mother of the group. Maria is that one friend; nurturing, wise, and with a spicy streak, Maria is the matriarch of the clan. Cerebral, emotional, and even sometimes comical, Maria’s story is the seventh in the Loving Her series.
The Shelter Director
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,740. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Shy, quiet, humble – Jen is the kind of person that would give you the shirt off her back and then ask you what else you need. She may not be a movie star, but she’ll treat you like one. She works diligently to help save cats. She sacrifices her life and stability to accommodate her partner. She gives until it hurts, and her reward is a devastating diagnosis. What will her life become?
The Peace Officer
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,610. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
Brynn Racanelli - daughter, sister, friend, partner, police officer... and so much more. Devoted to serving others through her police work, and to helping her sister who battles chronic Lyme Disease, she is the the poster child of selflessness. But she does have wants, needs, hopes, and dreams. Will fate finally bring her the life and love she’s always dreamed of?
Loving Her, The Series, Volume 1
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,490. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
In this series of stories, we meet a group of loving friends and couples. Each member of this group is diverse in personalities and abilities, but they are tied together by the common denominator - love. from Chelle Cordero, Combining Passion & Suspense
The Model
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
She's exotic. She's beautiful. She's talented. She's unique. She's Stephania. A young successful model who started from nothing, she has experienced all the ups and downs of life. Never one to be kept down, she persists through life's trials and reaches for the fairytale ending she has always hoped for. Stephania's emotional journey is the fourth story in the Loving Her series.
The Mechanic
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,630. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Linda - her name means beautiful... After facing rejection from her parents because she is a lesbian, Linda didn’t feel beautiful... she felt lost and alone. As a skilled mechanic, Linda built her business... Her love life was a different matter. Until Katie... Together they survived, and together they would face their future, finding hope and joy neither ever expected.
The Cop
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,900. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Donna White is one tough cop. Behind the badge, though, is a very sweet, sad, sensitive soul. Truly a woman alone, Donna is simply trying to navigate her way through life. Who is Donna? She is dedicated, determined, distinctive and deep. Donna’s rich and touching story is second in the Loving Her series.
The Ballerina, Loving Her- the series, Book 1
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Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,790. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A southern, redheaded, pickup driving lesbian ballerina? You bet! Meet Liz: a southern belle with flair. Vivacious, eclectic and graceful, she is unique to say the least. The first in the series of Loving Her stories, Liz’s story is the kind that stays with you long after you’ve closed the book.
Amnesie, a short story
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
What happens to love when life changes? Two women in love, one debilitating change...
Impeccable
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,160. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
Carol – abandoned - waiting... for what, she couldn’t know. She couldn’t see that there was more life waiting for her. Carol is forced to face the demons of her past as well as begin to face life without Alex. Struggling to make sense of it all, Carol experiences her new life and all of the highs and lows that come with that life.
Trajectory
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
Joe Davis has spent the last four years of his life behind a scope as a sniper for the Detroit PD's SWAT Team. A fateful call sends Joe and his team deep into the Detroit Ghetto; and reminds him that there is more to life than what's on the other end of his gun.
Imperfect
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,600. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Carol Mathers, in her mid-thirties, a highly sought-after IT guru in St. Louis. She has built a great life for herself with her partner, Alexandria, even though the two face prejudice as lesbians, and as an interracial couple -fighting tragedy and sometimes, triumphing amidst the chaos...
Unbreakable Hostage
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
Lareina Oliveira; she wants to share her passion for math. So it is back to school for Lareina… a tough Ph.D. program. A classmate is captivated by Lareina’s beauty and intelligence, and despite her repeated refusals to his attentions, he kidnaps her! Only her determination and wits can save her…

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