Lauren Harris is a fantasy author and writer of the Millroad Academy Exorcists novella series and "Lady Lauren's Panacea", the fantasy book review column for Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. She is the co-creator of 2012 Parsec Finalist, Pendragon Variety: A Genre Writing Podcast, where she is known as "Scribe."
Her voice acting can be heard on Audible and various short fiction podcasts.
Though she spent three years living in Tokyo, she currently resides in a renovated tobacco shed in rural North Carolina, where she is pleased to have running water, wifi, and all her teeth.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My dad works in TV news, so I moved around a lot as a kid. I don't think I've ever lived in one place, be it state, city, or house, for more than three years. I was born in Texas, but between ages 0-9 also lived in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Finally, when I was 9, we came back to North Carolina--which is my parents' home state--and I grew up, for the most part, in Raleigh.
Moving around as a kid did have an influence on my writing. My concept of "home" is not really tied to a place, so much, and I find that many of my stories either have characters who are searching for their own meaning of the word "home" or who have a defined connection to it.
Deracination, or the feeling of being uprooted, is another theme that I notice across much of my work. Characters who have been geographically or culturally removed from their places of safety. Moving is tough, and I had to "start over" enough times I started to wonder if we were actually in witness protection and no one was telling me... Haha. Not really. But I'm able to draw on those feelings when writing, and tend to focus on the situations and feelings of my characters being in a new place.
When did you first start writing?
Well, here goes my dignity. I wrote my first story when I was three years old, dictating to a babysitter. It involved a white pegacorn rescuing a cart-load of orphans from the Care Bears villain. Pretty sure I drew a coal-cart. Needless to say, I got better at concealing my sources.