Christina Lauren is a New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling American author of contemporary, romance, teen and adult fiction novels. Christina Lauren is the pen name for best friends and writing partners Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings.

“Beautiful Bastard,” Christina’s first book was released in 2013 and since the dynamic duo fiction novels have hit the New York Times list 14 times.

“Roomies” released in 2017 is being adapted for a music-driven romantic comedy directed and produced by Andy Fickman with Jenna Dewan via her company, Everheart Productions.

“The Unhoneymooners” (release date May 15) has already received starred reviews.

“…a delightful romance that will have readers hanging on every word.”

-Publishers Weekly

They are a unique pair in the publishing sphere – not only are they co-writers and best friends but they got their start writing in the fan fiction community. Their career is a great example of the strength of talent that can come out of fan fiction. As Christina Hobbs likes to say, “ Fan-fiction gave me a voice before I knew I had anything to say.”

Publishing powerhouse duo Christina Lauren’s will launch their 23rd book, “The Unhoneymooners,” Wednesday, May 15 with a public conversation at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL).

An Evening with Christina Lauren

Authors will discuss their writing process, their books and answer questions. Book sales will be courtesy of The Raven Book Store.

JOIN US: Wednesday, May 15 from 7 to 8:30p in Marvin Auditorium for a conversation with the authors who will discuss their writing process, their books and answer questions. Book sales courtesy of The Raven Book Store, Lawrence are available for an ending book signing event.

TSCPL Miranda Ericsson communicated with the authors for a peek into what we might except. Here is an excerpt:

We’re so excited about your new book, The Unhoneymooners, and that you’ll be doing a book launch here with us at the library! Tell us just a bit about this book, beyond the blurb on the jacket. Why will your fans eat it up?

Enemies to lovers meets fake marriage meets destination book? Is that a thing? We wanted a book that lets you disappear from the real world for a few hours, with gorgeous scenery and tropical drinks and two people who can’t stand each other… until they can. It’s the book we’d take with us on vacation, or just when we want to feel like we are.

Read the full Q+A here.

MORE: According to “The Friendship Files,” The Atlantic’s Julie Beck interviewed the duo last February who met through “Twilight” fan-fiction forums and began their collaboration with a story written in response to a risqué prompt. Over the next six years, they published 22 romance novels, many of which hit the New York Times best-seller list. [Read the interview here]

About the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
The library’s mission is sparking curiosity and connecting our community through literacy and learning. Our core values are excellence, curiosity, literacy, freedom, teamwork and accountability. We help transform the lives of citizens through five Community Impact Goals: every child will be ready for kindergarten • everyone will discover their passion for learning • everyone will continue learning new ways to live their best life • Topeka and Shawnee County will be an engaged community of readers • the library will be a learning organization committed to excellence in: leadership, planning, customer focus, process management and partner focus.

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