Where do the ideas for fiction come from? Is there an idea factory where plots are hatched, protagonists are conceived and places are drawn? How do prolific authors produce one book after another without becoming stale and hackneyed? Join us this week in #litchat as we discuss “Plots, Places & Protagonists.”

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Lauren Baratz-Logsted may be one of the most prolific authors publishing today, with novels spanning the range from adult suspense to chick-lit to children’s, with a good dose of YA thrown in. Her latest novel, Crazy Beautiful, is a YA retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story set for today’s teens. Her Sisters Eight series of children’s books (co-bylined with her husband Greg and nine-year-old daughter, Jackie) have received widespread acclaim.

In addition to writing fiction, Lauren is a freelance editor and can be contracted for independent editing projects through her website. She blogs regularly through several sites, including Red Room.

A graduate of the University of Connecticut at Storrs, Lauren has worked as a buyer for a major bookstore, a book reviewer, a freelance editor and writer, and a window washer. After her first novel, The Thin Pink Line, sold in 2002, Lauren devoted herself to writing more novels and checking her Amazon ranking on a daily basis. She lives in Danbury, Conn. with her husband (author Greg Logsted, @GregLogsted) and daughter.

Follow Lauren on Twitter at @LaurenBaratzL