Lauren Jankowski

Biography

Lauren Jankowski has been an avid reader and genre feminist for most of her life. She holds a B.A. in Women and Genders Studies from Beloit College. Aside from fiction, she has also dabbled in non-fiction, writing for sites like “The Next Family” and “Planet Fury.” She keeps a blog at Blogspot entitled “The Life and Times of a Writer.” She has been writing fiction since high school, when she noticed a lack of strong women in the popular genre books. When she’s not writing or researching, she enjoys reading (particularly anything relating to ancient myths) or playing with her pets. She also participates in activism for asexual visibility and feminist causes. Her debut novel was "Sere from the Green," the first volume in "The Shape Shifter Chronicles." The next volumes are "Through Storm and Night" and "From the Ashes."

Smashwords Interview

Describe your desk
Lots and lots of pens, loose papers, a spiral (somewhere), sticky tabs. I think my iPod and a paperweight are buried under here too. Oh, and of course my laptop.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing practically since I first started reading. I started to consider seriously writing after my fifth grade teacher read my class "The Book of Three" by Lloyd Alexander. It was the first time I ever encountered a strong girl character who went out on adventures with the boys. After years of Disney princesses, Eilonwy was a breath of fresh air. For years afterwards, I searched for other strong heroines in the fantasy stories I loved so much.

By the time I got to high school, I had enough with the stereotypical girl characters. In fantasy stories, it seemed like women were there solely to further the stories of the men. Worse, they almost always wound up falling in love and having families. It was so boring and cliche. I decided if no one else was going to write the book I wanted to read, I'd do it myself.
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Books

Haunted by the Keres
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 132,040. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
A brutal attack on the rebel Lair signifies an escalation in the War against Grenich. The guardians strict policy of neutrality means the shape shifters must reforge old alliances with other species. However the blood feuds between the different species are not easily broken. Meanwhile, the experiments try to adjust to life among normals. Can they learn to ignore their violent instincts?
From the Ashes
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 101,350. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
There is an urban legend among shape shifters about a mysterious woman who stalks the night. Clothed all in black, some even claim her eyes glow. The protectors are about to discover the dangerous truth behind these legends. Will they survive their inevitable encounter with the wrathful woman?
Through Storm and Night
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 84,340. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
The Four are still no closer to finding the Key and their search has yielded nothing but more questions. The sudden and unexpected return of a face from the past, one long believed dead, plunges the four women even deeper into the dangerous mystery of the Key. The answer may be found in the stories about the War of the Meadows, but a small oversight in the legends may prove to be their undoing.
Sere from the Green
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 95,480. Language: English. Published: August 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Isis is a normal woman living a normal life in a normal world. She is a photojournalist in a small city where practically nothing happens. One night, she photographs the scene of a gruesome murder. The next day, all evidence of the crime has vanished from her pictures. Her quest for answers leads her to uncover her mysterious past and encounter dangers she never imagined.

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