Lauren D. Fraser: lawyer, novelist and theater-production company owner
Published in 2021 New Jersey Super Lawyers magazine on March 23, 2021
When it came to embracing her creative side, personal injury lawyer Lauren D. Fraser didn’t have much choice: Creativity was the family business. Her parents were performing artists who ran a regional professional theater, which allowed Fraser—who liked to write science fiction and poetry as a kid—to dip into playwriting, too. “Honestly, some of the stuff we were working on was probably inappropriate for a 15-year-old,” she says, laughing. “But it was a great place to grow up.”
Even with eyes on lawyering, she continued to nurture her writing, and, in 2008, she rediscovered a story she’d started about three sisters, loosely based on herself and her own sisters. But the story didn’t ring true—not until Fraser first set foot in Scotland in 2009.
“Then it just came to me,” she says. Her genre—young adult fantasy and historical fiction—crystalized, too. “I tried to write it as adult historical fiction, but it wasn’t resonating,” she says. “I don’t know if it’s because I’m incredibly immature, or because I devoured young adult fiction while I was pregnant, but I said, ‘I bet I can do this.’”
A longtime lover of United Kingdom legend and history, once Fraser found her setting, she “fell down a rabbit hole of research” to flesh out her Scottish sisters: Avery (whom Fraser says is a lot like her) and her younger twin sisters, Timber and Marena.
In Trinity, the first book in the series, the sisters discover they’re having the same cryptic dream. A feverish dig into family history unearths the kind of secret that makes the teens forget all about stuff like prom and math class: They’re secret Scottish royalty. Fairies, magic and young love add softness to the series’ battles and adventure. Trinity was published in 2012, Queen Makers in 2016, and Fraser expects the finale, Rose of the Field, will be finished this year. (You can find them in independent bookstores in New Jersey and beyond, or at Amazon.)
Rose does have a rival for Fraser’s creative affections—during quarantine, when her daughter’s dance studio was on the chopping block due pandemic challenges, Fraser bought it. “I don’t know what I was thinking besides, ‘This is right,’” she says.
The studio, renamed Trinity, is the fruition of Fraser’s lifelong dream to own a theater production company like her parents. “Instead of focusing just on dance, we’ll be adding theater, creating true triple-threat performers,” she says. “This is a passion project. But it’s also opened me up to a new audience. Our little dancers say, ‘Oh, Miss Lauren, I didn’t know you wrote books! I can’t wait to read them.’”