Lauren Spieller


In the 21st episode of Truer Words, Melissa talks to author and agent Lauren Spieller about book scouting, agenting, and writing what you know as “reverse research.” 

Lauren is the author of two YA novels, YOUR DESTINATION IS ON THE LEFT and SHE’S THE WORST, and an associate literary agent at TriadaUS. Her website is LaurenSpieller.com and she can be found on Twitter: @laurenspieller and Instagram: @laurenspieller.

Mentioned in this Episode:

Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

Forever 35 podcast episode with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

Co-Star Astrology App

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything exhibit at the Jewish Museum in NYC

The Mount: Edith Wharton’s house


Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner


“Hurricane” from Hamilton

Tiffany Schmidt, author of Bookish Boyfriends series

Follow your curiosity - Elizabeth Gilbert

Dessert First by Dean Gloster

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Marc Maron


Alison Brie

Jim McCarthy (Lauren’s agent)

City of Bones by Cassie Clare

Nova Ren Suma

Our episode with Nova Ren Suma


The Great British Baking Show

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

Vita Nostra by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko

The Wolf of Cape Fen - Juliana Brandt

Lauren’s manuscript wish list #mswl

Kathryn Benson