Lauren Van Schaik is an American and British writer. In 2016 she completed an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia, where she was awarded the David Higham Scholarship. Her short story ’Terre Haute’ was shortlisted for The White Review Short Story Prize in 2017 and in 2014-15 she was mentored through the Writers’ Centre Norwich Inspires scheme. Her first novel, Joplin, is a re-envisioning of the Bonnie and Clyde legend that grapples with virginity and female friendships; with seduction and religious indoctrination; with mothers, absent, surrogate, imagined, and awful; and ultimately with what makes a young woman surrender everything for a crime spree. Lauren studied history at Bryn Mawr College, Oxford, and UCL. She was born in Missouri, grew up in Ohio, and now lives and works in London.