Jillian Lauren is a New York Times bestselling author, mother of dragons, rockwife, adoption advocate, and lousy kickboxer. Her new true crime book on Samuel Little is upcoming from Dutton. She is the author of the memoirs Everything You Ever Wanted and Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and the novel Pretty. Some Girls, which chronicles her time spent in the harem of the Prince of Brunei, has been translated into eighteen languages.

Her writing has been published in 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. She 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. Jillian is married to Weezer bass player Scott Shriner. They live in Los Angeles with their two sons.



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Family Roots December 9, 2014
A woman finds an unexpected new family when she adopts a son, a bad soldier learns to write from personal loss, and a man is working at a nuclear power plant when disaster strikes.

The Prince and I, April 23, 2013
A woman boards a plane for Brunei in search of a modern day fairy tale.

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The RaiseAChild #ReimagineFosterParents™ campaign is designed to update public perception of foster and fost/adopt families. The multi-media campaign features images and personal interviews with twelve sets of foster-to-adopt parents including celebrities and civic leaders from across Southern California.
Special thanks to RaiseAChild partner agency, Five Acres!

Alliance of Moms is a new generation of philanthropists whose mission it is to break the intergenerational cycle of babies born to teens in Foster Care. This May Campaign video features Kristen Bell and Jordan Brewster.

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