Lauren Strasnick

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Lauren Strasnick grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, now lives in Los Angeles, California, and is a graduate of Emerson College and the California Institute of the Arts MFA Writing Program. She wrote her first short story, “Yours Truly, The Girls from Bunk Six,” in a cloth-bound 5x4 journal, in the fifth grade. She is the author of Then You Were Gone, Nothing Like You, and Her and Me and You. Find out more at LaurenStrasnick.com, and follow her on Twitter at @LaurenStrasnick.

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Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Another endless list! But if I must limit myself: "Going to California" by Led Zeppelin, "Sun King" by The Beatles, "Vienna" by Billy Joel, this Martha Wainwright song w/ two expletives in the title, "I'm on Fire" by Bruce Springsteen, "Steppin'" by Melanie, "Where Will I Be" by Emmylou Harris, "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley, "Feeling Good" by Nina Simone, "May This Be Love" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, "Tweeter & the Monkey Man" by Traveling Wilburys... whoops! that's 11! Okay, I'll stop.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My height, perhaps? Or my nutso, crazy, curly hair.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, dependability, curiosity, humor & creativity. Okay, so 5. 5 qualities most important to me!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Talking & eating with the people I love.

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