Lauren is an award-winning novelist who also writes comics, screenplays, TV shows and occasionally journalism. She is the author of The Sunday Times bestselling 'The Shining Girls', 'Zoo City', 'Moxyland', 'Maverick: Extraordinary Women From South Africa’s Past', and the graphic novel, 'Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom', with Inaki Miranda. 'The Shining Girls' was recently optioned by MRC and Leonardo di Caprio’s Appian Way, while 'Zoo City' won the Arthur C Clarke Award. 'Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom' is a dark Tokyo twist on the legend of Rapunzel, which debuted at No.2 on The New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller List in August 2013. In 2010, she directed the documentary 'Glitterboys & Ganglands', about Cape Town’s biggest female impersonation beauty pageant. The film won best LGBT film at the San Diego Black Film Festival.