Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem and the novel, Pretty, both published by Plume/Penguin. Some Girls has been translated into seventeen different languages and is currently being made into a Lifetime movie.
Jillian has an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University. Her writing has appeared in The Paris Review, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Magazine, Salon.com, The Huffington Post, Flaunt Magazine, The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown and The Rattling Wall among others and has been anthologized in The Moth Anthology, True Tales of Lust and Love, Best of Babble Blogs, My First Time and Tarnished: True Tales of Innocence Lost.
She has performed at spoken word and storytelling events across the country, including The Moth mainstage, and has been interviewed on such television programs as The View, Good Morning America and Howard Stern. She was a featured dancer with the infamous Velvet Hammer Burlesque. As a performer, she has recently worked with in both film and theater with directors as diverse as Margaret Cho, DJ Mendel, Robert Cucuzza, Steve Balderson, Lynne Breedlove, Austin Young and Michelle Carr. Jillian recently premiered her solo performance piece, Mother Tongue, to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She is a popular and sometimes controversial blogger at MSNBC, The Huffington Post and Jillianlauren.com, which was named a Top 100 Mom Blog of 2012 by Babble Magazine.
Jillian is married to Weezer bass player Scott Shriner. They live in Los Angeles with their son.