Lauren lives near Austin, Texas–where she was born and raised–with her husband, Travis, their elementary and preschool-age daughters, Samantha and Charlotte, and two rowdy Labrador Retrievers. A seventh generation Texan and avid Tex Mex enthusiast, she thrives on putting her heart on paper through words and art, gardening with her girls, country western dancing with her hubby, consuming copious amounts of green tea and dark chocolate and collecting all things turquoise.
Her writing has been featured locally in Austin Woman and online at All Mom Does, The Glorious Table, HuffPost, The Mighty, More to Life Magazine, and SheKnows. Lauren’s award-winning children’s books, Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing A Loved One and its companion Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?, feature artwork by Lauren and her mother, Dixie Benton Stucky, who died of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.
She loves honoring her late mom’s legacy through raising funds and awareness for her favorite causes–including Alzheimer’s Texas and United Way of Hays and Caldwell Counties. Lauren’s #TexasStrong shirts raised nearly $150,000 for central Texas flood relief in 2015.
She is the co-founder of Daughters of Dementia, a growing community connecting women for hope and health and an active member of both the Writers’ League of Texas and the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.