Jillian Lauren is a writer, storyteller, mom, rock-wife, and Los Angeleno, by way of Jersey. Jillian is the New York Times bestselling author of the memoirs EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED and SOME GIRLS: My Life in a Harem, and the novel PRETTY, all from Plume/Penguin. SOME GIRLS, which chronicles her time spent in the harem of the Prince of Brunei, has been translated into eighteen languages.
Jillian’s new true crime book EXIT SANDMAN: The True Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer is forthcoming from Dutton.
Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in New York Magazine, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The Paris Review, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Elle, Flaunt Magazine, The Daily Beast, Salon, and many other publications. Her work has been widely anthologized, including in The Moth Anthology and True Tales of Lust and Love.
Jillian is a regular storyteller with The Moth and performs at spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She did a Tedx talk about adoption and identity at Chapman University in 2014. She has been interviewed on The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern, to name a few.
Jillian is married to Weezer bass player Scott Shriner. They live in Los Angeles with their two sons.