Interview with Lauren Runow, Author of Fumbled Past

22 Feb 2023

What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Fumbled Past?

The thought of this book came a few years ago when I went to the first high school football game in my hometown since I had graduated high school. I went with my husband and two boys who were in elementary school at the time. As I noticed a guy who I dated on and off throughout high school and college on the field coaching the game, I had this “what if” moment and then thought that would make a great book!

This book is a tribute to my high school. Everything with the football team is from there down to the dump truck horn, the carrying of Big Black, ACDC songs, penny ceremony after games, and even Coach Z who has passed away and the stadium bares his name. Fast forward to a few years later, and I asked my amazing PA Autumn Gantz with Wordsmith Publicity which book I should write next. I gave her a few ideas and it was her who chose this book, and I’m so glad she loved it as much as she did. So, really, we should be thanking her for having me finally write the idea I thought about years before.

If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Fumbled Past, what would they be?

This is an easy question because music guides me in every one of my books, and actually one of the ways Sadie bonds with Beau is over music. Since Fumbled Past is told with Sadie reminiscing about the past, most of the book is told in the late 1990’s so they’re listing to 90’s rock bands like Offspring, Deftones, and Unwritten Law.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?

I love to read Contemporary Romance and yes, it’s what I write as well.

What books are on your TBR pile right now?

I have a Ginger Scott book I just downloaded, and I can’t wait for my co-author Jeannine Colette’s solo book to come out called Love… It’s Complicated.

What scene in your book was your favorite to write?

All of the scenes at the football games where fun to write because I was able to reminisce the most about my high school days then.

Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)

I publish a community magazine and have two boys who play travel baseball so just finding the time is hard for me. 99% of the time though, I’m writing from my recliner after everyone goes to bed and my house is finally quiet!

Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?

Music is the doctor. My mom taught me that and it’s a theme I use throughout all of my books. Music can lift any spirit and heal any mood.

If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?

I hope they can connect with Fumbled Past and it helps them remember their own times in high school and they get to reminisce along the way with Sadie.


Lauren Runow is the author of the new book Fumbled Past

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