Wednesday, October 31, 2007

About Me

I started this blog when I moved to Los Angeles three years ago to intern for Peter Greenberg (and to be closer to my boyfriend). I caught the travel writing bug hard, but then the City of Los Angeles offered me big fat paychecks and benefits up the wazoo. With my student loan to pay off, how could I refuse?

After nearly two years of working for the City, writing travel and food articles during every break, lunch hour, evening and weekend, taking journalism classes, building clips and contacts, teaching myself publishing software, and reading the AP Style Handbook with as much interest as if it were the next Twilight novel - I decided "Who am I kidding?! I need to write for a living!" As a 25th birthday present to myself, I quit my job, took a trip around the world, and haven't looked back since.

So now, I am an Anglophile *writer* in L.A. (well, actually Orange County, but it’s darn well close enough). Why “anglophile”? Well, because I am mostly English, if you add up all of my genetics, and because I love Britain and always have. And, my grandmother was born in a London pub next door to 221b Baker Street; it doesn’t get more British than that.

I travel as much as I can - to England, India and Japan; around California from San Diego to San Francisco; and around the US to Kauai, Seattle, Phoenix, and Tampa. The next trip I'm planning is my honeymoon to Germany and Italy, right after my San Diego Wedding in June!

In addition to this blog, I dish out freelance writing tips at and keep my professional portfolio at

Thank you for visiting!

--Lauren Van Mullem

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