Lauren Dawes: Hybrid Paranormal Romance Author – Episode 97

Hybrid paranormal romance author Lauren Dawes writes the Half Blood series, four novels of the Helheim Wolf Pack, and the Dark trilogy, tales of ancient Norse gods living and battling amongst humanity. The Dark series are published by Pan MacMillan, while Lauren self-publishes the Half Blood series.

Lauren was born in South Africa to English parents who then raised her and her brother in Sydney. She loves reading, naturally, but also travelling and, perhaps unsurprisingly given the action-packed nature of her novels, muay thai kick boxing. Her love of urban fantasy and paranormal romance sprang from reading authors like Laurell K. Hamilton, J.R. Ward and Charlaine Harris.

Lauren and I have a great chat about what Stephenie Meyer did to the vampire genre, the author’s burden of the rejection slip, juggling writing with raising a youngster while the armed forces make off with your husband, the work of world building, going from writing a novel in private to speaking at panels in conventions.

Huge thanks to my guest for episode 83, Kimberley Clark, for recommending Lauren to me!

Lauren Dawes




Official Website

Lauren Dawes on Facebook

Lauren Dawes on Twitter

Lauren’s Loves



Brandon Sanderson

Gemma Arlington (Facebook)

Neil Gaiman

Larissa Ione (Demonica series)

Laurell K. Hamilton (Anita Blake Vampire Hunter and the Merry Gentry (fae princess) series)

Anne Rice

Publishers and Agents

Alex Adsett Publishing Services

Pan MacMIllan

Novelist Resources

Query Tracker

Romance Society of Australia


Australian Movie & Comic Expo (formerly Armageddon)

Book Expo Australia: October 8th-9th, Sydney

Oz Comic-Con


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