Interview with Lauren Shiro

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.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
In this current age of publishing, the industry is overflowing with books and authors. It can be very difficult to sell yourself as an author when you are one small fish in a very large and very crowded ocean. I'm sure you've heard it before, but I am unlike any other author you've read before. My stories are character driven. What you will experience is an intimate, emotional experience that stays with you. You're not going to get a lot of flash. No car explosions, no gratuitous sex. What you get are genuine, personal, touching, heart felt, emotional, cerebral stories.
Published 2014-02-11.
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Books by This Author

The Shelter Director
By Lauren Shiro
Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,740. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,610. Language: English. Published: February 10, 2014 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 73,490. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 16,080. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,630. Language: English. Published: November 13, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
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
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
By Lauren Shiro
Series: Loving Her Short Stories. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,790. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2013 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,190. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
What happens to love when life changes? Two women in love, one debilitating change...
Impeccable
By Lauren Shiro
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 47,160. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,790. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 66,600. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2010 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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
By Lauren Shiro
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2009 by Vanilla Heart Publishing. Category: Fiction
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…