Lauren Miller wrote her debut novel Parallel (2013) while on maternity leave from her law firm job and blogged about it, an experiment she called "embracing the detour" (also the name of her blog). Many people told her she was crazy. When she realized they were right, she told no one and kept writing. Her second novel Free to Fall (2014) was nominated for Young Adult Library Services Association’s 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults reading list. Born in NYC and raised in Atlanta, Lauren now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children.