Jillian Lauren

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Jillian Lauren
Jillian Lauren at the 2011 Texas Book Festival.
Jillian Lauren at the 2011 Texas Book Festival.
Born (1973-08-30) 30 August 1973 (age 45)
Livingston, New Jersey
Genretragicomedy, fiction, memoir
Notable worksSome Girls: My Life in a Harem and 'Pretty
SpouseScott Shriner (m. 2005–present)
Children2 sons

Jillian Lauren (born August 30, 1973) is an American writer, performer and former escort.


Jillian Lauren is the author of the New York Times bestselling [1] memoir, "Some Girls: My Life in a Harem", and the 2011 novel "Pretty", both published by Plume/Penguin. "Some Girls" has since been translated into eighteen different languages, and is currently being adapted into a feature film. Her new memoir "Everything You Ever Wanted" was released in May 2015.[2]

Lauren 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, Flaunt Magazine, The Rumpus, and Salon, among others. Her work has also been widely anthologized, including The Moth Anthology and True Tales of Lust and Love. She has given a TEDx Talk on adoption and presented stories at the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Lauren is a regular storyteller with The Moth and has performed at numerous spoken word and storytelling events across the country. She has been interviewed on such television programs as The View, Good Morning America, and Howard Stern. She regularly blogs at MSNBC TODAY Moms and The Huffington Post.

Personal life[edit]

Lauren grew up in Livingston, New Jersey, and graduated in 1991 from Newark Academy.[3] She later moved to New York City, where she briefly studied acting at New York University.[4]

Lauren is married to Weezer bassist Scott Shriner. They live in Los Angeles and adopted a boy from Ethiopia on January 23, 2009.[5]


  1. ^ "The New York Times Bestseller List". The New York Times. New York. 23 May 2010.
  2. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Everything-You-Ever-Wanted-Memoir/dp/0142181633
  3. ^ http://www.classmates.com/people/Jillian-Lauren/8733525736. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Susannah Cahalan (27 December 2009). "My nights at the harem". New York Post.
  5. ^ "About Jillian Lauren". Penguin. 2011. Retrieved 1 February 2011.

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