Award-winning singer/songwriter, and Gatorbone Recording Artist, Lauren Heintz, has quite a story to tell. She swam in volcanic calderas, water-skied gator-infested rivers, repaired U-2 spy planes near the Yellow Sea while in the USAF, and worked in the dot-com tech wars of Silicon Valley. Yet, what excites her most is writing her stories and stepping onto stages and playing her own music.
It was when she first read Lord of the Rings that she knew she wanted to be a novelist. Similarly, her musical roots were planted at the jam sessions of her Chicago-area childhood home. She grew up listening to her mother and father playing & singing their favorite country & western tunes, and was an avid fan of the Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys novels. Her musical influences range from such greats as Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, and the Beatles. And she cites friend, mentor, and finger-style maestro, Jack Williams, for inspiring her to take her own finger-picking to higher levels and to also take her show on the road.
In addition to her new novel, The Grand Unraveling, Lauren has two albums to her credit. Her sophomore music project, Where I Belong, debuted on global folk radio as the #12 album. And her first album, Feels Like a Miracle, promptly sold out after being released and helping to establish her as a standout in the Florida folk scene. If her life was a novel, the songs on her two albums are the plot points of her story, the twists and turns of an edge walker. These albums capture many aspects of her search for survival and a sense of place and purpose.
Lauren graduated from Eustis High School, Florida and immediately joined the USAF, then later received her Bachelors of Science in Computer Science (University of Maryland), then spent the next fifteen years as a Software Engineer before outing herself as a TG author and musician. Today, she lives in Central Florida.