Lauren Donsky-Levine was born in Far Rockaway, New York, a small, middleclass enclave a short train ride away from the city and an even shorter walk to the many beaches running up and down the Atlantic coastline where naturally her summers were spent.
After graduating from high school and a family move to Woodmere, New York, she did a stint at a two-year college upstate and walked away with a culinary degree soon discovering that while working in a restaurant was a passion, it was also very hard work.
Over the next twenty years she traveled, moved around a bit—Mexico, Miami and California—while accruing a plethora of professional hats, a house, a husband, a dog and two children along the way.
It was also during those years that Lauren’s writing life began. (Even though according to her mother, she was writing well before that, before she even walked, telling stories with a twig in the dirt). She started out small. Publishing poetry, contributing to a dining out column in a local magazine, things she could handle while still raising a family alone and working full time as a concierge at a hotel, among other jobs to keep herself afloat. But once her children had grown, Lauren started writing her first draft for a novel. A story that taps into her love of history and archaeology, mystery and romance and currently is still in the works.
Lauren lives in South Florida with her daughter and her granddaughter, who she lovingly nicknamed Cupcake, and when the moment avails itself, she can be found at her laptop, writing. So she says.