She has an MA in Creative Writing, but she got her real education in ten years of freelance journalism, learning really useful skills like how to pole-dance and make traditional sorghum beer. For the sake of a story, she’s jumped out of planes and into shark-infested waters and got to hang out with teen vampires, township vigilantes, AIDS activists and homeless sex workers among other interesting folk.
When she’s not tutoring her baby daughter (aka the queen of eeeeeeevil) in practical ways to take over the world, she also writes books, short stories, magazine articles and TV scripts various.
Her non-fiction book, Maverick was nominated for the Sunday Times 2006 Alan Paton Non-Fiction Book of the Year competition. Even better, Zoo City won the Arthur C Clarke Award 2011 for best science fiction novel FTW!
Cloud Atlas and Ghost Written by David Mitchell; The Ballad of Halo Jones, Watchmen and V for Vendetta by Alan Moore; The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx & Crake by Margaret Atwood; Gun With Occasional Music and Motherless Brooklyn by Jonathan Lethem; Bret Easton Ellis’ Lunar Park; Mark Danielwski’s House of Leaves; Chris Cleave’s Incendiary; Max Brooks’ World War Z; The Wisdom of Crocodiles by Paul Hoffman; and John Marks’ Fangland; and I love most of the canon of Neal Stephenson, Bruce Sterling, Neil Gaiman.
~ My favourite angry robot is Toby the lovesick sociopath robot dog from The Ballad of Halo Jones.
~ I love zeppelins and megaladons (although I’d only like to experience a trip inside one of them).
~ That said, I’d rather be eaten by a shark than a crocodile or a lion (the purring before munching would be too much).
Check out Lauren’s website
And read/hear/see what Lauren has to say for herself…
Interview with ProBenny (July 09)
Interview with Brainwavez (July 09)
Discussion on environment and place, at World SF (Oct 09)
Interview with Frightening Journeys (Nov 09)
Interview with Temple Library Reviews (March 10)
Interview with Talivision (July 10)
Interview with the British Science Fiction Association (July 10)
Interview with Salon Futura (Sept 10)
Interview with Kamvision (Dec 10)
Interview with Mail & Guardian Online (March 11)
Listen to an interview with Escape Pod (April 11)
Interview with io9 (April 11)
Guest post on Floor to Ceiling Books (April 11)
Watch Lauren’s reaction after winning the Arthur C Clarke Award at Geek Syndicate (May 11)
Interview with Clarkesworld Magazine (May 2011)
Interview with Mail & Guardian (May 11)
Interview with SF Signal (May 11)
Interview with Genevieve MCC (May 11)
Interview with South African Times (June 11)
Listen to Lauren chatting with Comic Book Outsiders (June 11)
Interview with writefast! the interviews! (August 11)
Interview with LitNet (August 11)
Podcast about Zoo City with The Bat Segundo Show (Sept 11)
Listen to a chat about Zoo City with Public Radio International (Sept 11)
Article for Warren Ellis (Sept 11)
Have a listen to a chat with Patrick Hester (Sept 11)
Interview with GQ
Listen to an interview on If You’re Just Joining Us (Nov 11)
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