Lauren Wilson has been writing poetry and prose off and on for over 40 years, beginning with a series of poems to commemorate a cousin who passed away at age 19. She finds inspiration for her stories from a muse, an inner voice that propels her to put thoughts and emotions into words. When she isn’t writing, she uses her engineering background to work as a safety consultant, assessing machines and robotics in preparation for sale to European companies. Lauren is married to Howard Wilson; they have one dog, Petey and live in Brooklyn, MD – south of Baltimore. Lauren and Howard also have five precious nieces who provide much fulfillment and joy. In her spare time, Lauren is working on a labor of love – a 5 story miniature apartment building, filled with African-American art. She has been a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. since 2004.
Some of my Favorite Books
- Octavia Butler-Xenogenesis Trilogy & Kindred
- Gloria Naylor-Mama Day & Women of Brewster Place
- Ernest Gaines – A Lesson Before Dying & A Gathering of Old Men
- Pearl Cleage – What Looks like Crazy on an Ordinary Day
- Chester Himes –If He Hollers Let Him Go
- Zora Neale Hurston – Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Terry McMillan –Waiting to Exhale
- Anthology of Afro-American Literature –Black Voices
- Anthology of Short Stories –The New Negro
The stories are emotionally moving and thought-provoking as they are written in a way that sounds to the reader's mind as pure thought and conversations from one person to another. The dialogue is refreshing, and the reader can find some parts of themselves and others in the stories.
This book has really helped me change my overall perspective. I really owe it to Lauren Wilson for taking this initiative and sharing such knowledge with the rest of us.
After reading 3 of her books, I can say that I am glad to have found this amazing author. Ms. Lauren has really shed light on some of the least discussed topics in our community.
This recollection of different stories emphasizing different aspects of life really is a game-changer. Needless to say, I enjoyed reading every bit of it, and I expect this prodigy of an author to release more books in the future. Kudos!
Even when dealing with some serious matters, the book provides a healthy share of laugh out loud moments. Moreover, while the characters engender sympathy, readers may find themselves not only commiserating with, cheering on, or crying for these characters, but may in one instance or other feel the urge to cuss some of them out.
Lauren Wilson isn't just an author; she's also a magician, as she must have used some sort of magic to make her stories so enjoyable to read… It is a must-read for anyone and opens up many topics for discussion, making it a great selection for any book club!
Some stories are lighthearted and then are surprisingly deep at the end. Each short story reminded me of a different reason to overly indulge in the joy of reading. I was sorry when I completed the last story.