Lauren Dockett grew up in southern Maine, on a little street carved into a pine forest a couple of miles by marsh trail from the Atlantic Ocean. As a kid she read and then played until she was allowed to stop playing to go read again. Twice a year her grandmother would fly into town from Manhattan. A secretary at a literary agency, she’d bring books signed with messages from Judy Blume and James Herriot and share the plans she’d hatched with J.D. Salinger to marry Lauren off to his son.
Lauren’s writing career started in earnest years later across the country in San Francisco, where she reported for newspapers and magazines and published three books. A move to New York found her editing for a publishing house two blocks from her grandmother’s old agency. While in town, she studied at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and reported for radio and online outlets before becoming an honorary lecturer at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at the University of Hong Kong. She currently works from Washington, D.C.
As a journalist, author and editor, Lauren has the happy responsibility of telling and shaping meaningful stories. She thanks the quiet of that New England beginning as well as her grandmother and the authors who reached out like real people to a little girl. She wishes Matt Salinger and his wife all the best.