Media Kit

This page is for the media, booksellers, and anyone looking for more information about Lauren Faulkenberry and her books.


“A Bird’s Eye View of Publishing.” Emily Colin, 2018.

“Wonderland at the Folk Art Center.” (Exhibition). The Laurel of Asheville, 2018.

“RRBC Rave Waves.” Radio interview,, 2017.

Just the Trouble I Needed, Review. Dandelions Inspired, 2017.

Bayou My Love Review. Jen Thomason, 2016.

Bayou My Love 5-star Review, Chicklit Plus, 2016.

Bayou My Love 4-star review, The Blonde Bookworm, 2016.

“Happy Ever After.”, 2016.

“Make Your Setting Sing.” Guest post, Southern Writers’ Magazine, 2016.

Interview with Melanie Smith, 2016.

Scarborough Mysteries Interview with Kate Evans, 2015.

“Books as Art.” Metrospirit, 2015.

“Inside 8 Weeks of Penland Letterpress.” The Penland Sketchbook, 2015.

“Handmade Books: The Story of a Book Artist.” Women Writers, Women’s Books, 2014.


Lauren Faulkenberry is author of TROUBLE IN BAYOU SABINE, BAYOU WHISPERS, BACK TO BAYOU SABINE, JUST THE TROUBLE I NEEDED, TROUBLE WILL FOLLOW, and the short story collection BENEATH OUR SKIN (all from Blue Crow Books). She is author and illustrator of the children’s book WHAT DO ANIMALS DO ON THE WEEKEND? (Novello Festival Press).

Lauren divides her time between writing, graphic design, and creating limited-edition artist books. Originally from South Carolina, she has worked as an archaeologist, an English teacher, and a ranger for the National Park Service. She earned her MFA in creative writing from Georgia College & State University, and her MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. She was a finalist for the Novello Festival Press First Novel Award, won the Family Circle short fiction contest for her story “Beneath Our Skin,” and was nominated for an AWP Intro Award. She’s a sucker for a good love story and is happiest when she writes comedy and romance.

She lives in North Carolina, where she is at work on her next novel in the Bayou series.


Trouble in Bayou Sabine (Book 1 in the Bayou Sabine Series)

Louisiana gets a whole lot hotter in this spellbinding story of secrets, betrayal, and seduction.

When Enza Parker inherits her estranged grandmother’s house, it dredges up a haunting mystery—and puts her in the path of the most alluring man she’s ever met.

For Enza, Bayou Sabine means pain and heartache: a mother who left her and a father whose lies have caught up with him. Her only fondness for the bayou comes from the summers she spent there with her grandmother, Vergie. Now that Vergie’s gone, Enza wants to flip the house and put her past to rest—but this small town is full of big secrets—and it has one more surprise for her.

When Enza finds her grandmother’s house occupied by sexy firefighter Jack Mayronne, she wants to kick him out. But Jack turns on the charm and convinces her to let him stay in exchange for helping her flip the house. Sparks fly as they share the same roof, and as their fling intensifies, Enza learns that Jack has dangerous secrets of his own. When the truth about her mother’s disappearance begins to surface, Enza must decide: how much is she willing to sacrifice to start over—and can she trust Jack with her heart?

ISBN: 978-1947834408


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Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2nd edition, 2017. Previously published with the title Bayou My Love.)

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Back to Bayou Sabine (Book 2 in the Bayou Sabine series)

Some secrets were never meant to be revealed.

After her mother’s disappearance and her grandmother’s death, thirty-year-old Enza Parker returns to the town where she spent her childhood summers in the hopes of closing the door on her troubling past.

While there, she meets a handsome stranger who only adds to the mystery and makes her question why she made herself stay away from the little town that gave her the sense of freedom she longs for as an adult. A spark of attraction makes her wonder: was this the place she was meant to be?

With her best friend Kate in tow, Enza searches for answers that the town isn’t ready to reveal. She must decide if she can dig deep enough to unearth the truth about her family, or if it will remain one of the bayou’s darkest mysteries.

ISBN: 9781947834170


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Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2nd edition, 2017)

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Bayou Whispers (Book 3 in the Bayou Sabine Series)

A small town buried her mother’s darkest secret. How far will she go to dig it up?

Years after her mother’s haunting disappearance, Enza has finally moved on—she knows that some secrets will never be revealed. With a new family, a blossoming career, and her new love Jack, she seems to have it all. She should be happy, but if her past has taught her anything, it’s that this kind of happiness means disaster is right around the corner.

One explosive holiday dinner turns her world upside down, and forces Enza to decide where her loyalties lie. One guest puts someone Enza loves in danger, and forces her to hide it from Jack. Another shares a tantalizing secret about Enza’s mother that sends her spiraling deeper into the mystery, desperate to find the truth. Now she’ll risk everything she’s built to learn what really happened to her mother—but will it be enough to set her free?

With a friend in danger, and her relationship with Jack hanging in the balance, she must decide: how much will she sacrifice to put her demons behind her—for good?

ISBN: 9781947834194


Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2nd edition, 2017)

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Just the Trouble I Needed (Book 4 in the Bayou Sabine series)

Sometimes a little trouble—and a lot of Louisiana heat—can help you find your way…

Kate McDonnell wants to escape her hectic city life. A week-long getaway to her friend’s quiet small-town home should be just what she needs to recharge—but when sexy sheriff Andre Dufresne stops by, her vacation takes a turn she didn’t expect.

Kate’s not looking for love—she just broke her engagement with her scoundrel fiancé, and Bayou Sabine is just a temporary refuge. But when Andre turns on the charm, she wonders: would a light-hearted fling really be so bad?

Andre is smitten, and will do anything to win Kate over. He’s never met a woman quite like her, and he’s not about to let her slip away. But the clock is ticking for Kate, and as she gets closer to Andre, she makes a mistake that could ruin everything. Can she slow down long enough to listen to her heart, or will her fear of being hurt again ruin any chance they have at love?

ISBN: 9781947834026

ASIN: B07G678QJ6

Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2018)

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Trouble Will Follow (Book 5 in the Bayou Sabine series)

Sometimes the deepest wounds come from the ones who love us most.

In her lab, Kate McDonnell’s world is stable and predictable, just the way 
she likes it—but in one weekend, Kate’s carefully controlled world explodes 
into chaos.

When irresistible Andre Dufresne shows up to whisk her away for a romantic weekend, she’s thrilled to have a second chance with him. But a family crisis forces her back to the town she avoided for years—and the horrible secrets she buried there. At eighteen, Kate made a tragic mistake that she’s never forgiven herself for—one that shattered her completely. She can’t let Andre see this part of her past, but if she pushes him away again she’ll lose him for good.

Desperate to redeem herself, Kate returns to her hometown, but finds her family in pieces. Her mother is ill, her father is in denial, and her brothers are clueless. Kate takes charge, but not everyone is happy to have her home. When one bitter family member reveals her darkest secret to everyone, she’s plunged into a nightmare that might well destroy her—unless she can learn to forgive.

A dazzling story about the way family can shape us—or tear us apart—and how revealing our vulnerability can set us free.

ISBN: 978-1947834385


Publisher: Blue Crow Books (2019)

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Beneath Our Skin: Short Stories About Wild Women

Love is tested between siblings, spouses, and strangers in this collection of four short stories by Lauren Faulkenberry. Two sisters with a tenuous bond create a fake wedding in the award-winning title story “Beneath Our Skin.” Two broken strangers are drawn to each other’s eccentricities in an unlikely environment in “The Fire Eater.” Two sisters flee their crumbling family during a wake and find a mysterious boat in the sky to use for their getaway in “Mermaids, Still.” A woman seeks solace from a disastrous marriage in “Where the Ocean Dissolves into Sky.” Humorous and uplifting, these short stories trace the paths of southern women who save themselves.


Publisher: Blue Crow Books (Second edition, 2017)

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“Read it for the mystery, read it for the fire, read it for the magic.” – Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of Entanglement

 “I loved this book. It has so many different dimensions that you will literally be glued to the pages… There is mystery, intrigue, and some unexpected pieces to the story… PICK UP THIS BOOK. It’s a MUST READ.” – Pretty Little Book Review

“From the moment Jack spoke in that French/Creole drawl he and Faulkenberry had me hook, line and sinker. I was a goner, and I didn’t surface until the novel’s end. I may be in love.” – Page One Books

 “This story was about much more than just a simple romance. There was mystery, suspense, voodoo, drama, and some steamy love scenes! No cliché love story here! I wasn’t ever able to guess what was going to happen next and I loved that. I would highly recommend this novel to any readers who enjoy fiction novels that include a splash of mystery and love.” – The Blonde Bookworm


“Faulkenberry creates a world of magic, suspense, and desire.” –Julie C. Gardner, author of Letters for Scarlet

“Faulkenberry is a gifted storyteller with the ability to capture the most human side of relationships.” –Tina Ann Forkner, award-winning author of The Real Thing and Waking Up Joy

“Beautifully descriptive and engaging. A delightful story about learning to let go of who you think you need to be and take a risk on happiness.” –Orly Konig, author of The Distance Home and founding president of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association