Here’s a very professional bio:
Laurenne Sala is the author of the picture book YOU MADE ME A MOTHER and its upcoming sequel YOU MADE ME A DADDY (both HarperCollins). She’s written all kinds other fun things too: digital content for BuzzFeed and Spotify, personal essays and articles for GOOD Magazine, Bustle, Tiny Buddha, and commercials for companies like Beats by Dre, DirecTV, Vitaminwater, eHarmony, and Crate & Barrel. She is also the creator of the Hollywood stage show Taboo Tales, a comedy storytelling experience that celebrates vulnerability and brings taboo stories to the public without judgment. You can listen to the Taboo Tales podcast on iTunes and hear Laurenne’s own taboo tales or the stories of seven years worth of writers who’ve crossed the Taboo stage. Laurenne lives with her husband in Venice Beach. She rides her bike everywhere, and will soon have a daughter who rides beside her. To see all her writing, visit laurenne.com
and now for the fun bio:
I’m Laurenne. I was born outside of Chicago, but I’ve lived in New York, Miami, San Francisco, Madrid, and Los Angeles. I’m a daughter. A seeker. Lover of roller coasters and blueberries and my little house. I am an over-analyzer. A doer. A motivator. A volunteer. An adventurer. I’m obsessed with stories. Of the past. Of love. Of how you got to be you. I sit in libraries for hours. I don’t care about brand names. I like to wear boots and pajamas (not together). I prefer pumpkin pie over chocolate. I like to sit in cafes and eavesdrop on conversations between old friends. I prefer lyrics over rhythms. I am learning to play the piano. I have a very fat cat named Cheddar, and I wish he would let me hold him for longer than a minute. Since it’s hard to talk more about myself, here are some questions I’ve gotten lately:
What’s your favorite thing in the world?
I love love love to see people smiling and feeling like they’re not alone.
why didn’t you write a story about me?
When I was reading picture books, I didn’t feel like I was very fairly represented. Okay, I guess I didn’t think about it back then, but there were hardly ANY books back then about kids like me– with divorced parents, bad haircuts, and a gay dad. I want to make sure everyone can see themselves in one of my books, and I’m working on it. Hopefully I WILL write a story about you soon. (Tell me who you are, and I’ll write one.)
you’re coming to my school. why should I listen to what you have to say?
Well, I come to high schools and colleges to tell you the secrets of the world, so you better not be texting or you’ll miss the answer to your existential questions. Or maybe you’re in first grade. Then you should listen because we talk a lot about love. And who doesn’t love love?
what is the best thing you ever ever did?
Oh man, this is a tough question. I’ve done some very great things in my life. One year I took a trip around the world. I learned Spanish because my father never taught me. I started a storytelling show that encourages people to share their stories so they don’t feel ashamed of them. Lately, the best thing I’m doing is relaxing. It’s hard to do, but I’m really working on it.
What do you like to write?
I like to write silly things and things that make people cry. I like when people cry because it means they’re feeling something and feeling something is one of the most important parts of the whole world. I don’t just like to write. Writing is how I think, so I actually HAVE to write. If I am having a bad day or if I can’t figure something out, I must write in my journal until everything becomes clear.
Where’s your favorite place in the whole world?
I like traveling, and I do have a goal to visit all 195 countries before I die! I am now at around 50. Just 145 to go. No matter where I am, my favorite places to be in the whole wide world are: floating in a warm salty sea with a bunch of curious fish AND nestled under some very fluffy covers in a hotel bed with my best friend and nothing to do.