About Lauren A. Long

What are your hobbies?


In addition to reading and writing, my hobbies include playing the piano, weightlifting, paddleboarding, and pole dancing. I played the piano for eleven years before switching to voice lessons in Grade 11, so I guess you could say I have a bit of a musical background. I’ve been lifting weights for a couple of years now and I also box two times a week. When the weather turns warm, you can find me out on my paddleboard, I tried it once six years ago and instantly fell in love with it and bought my own paddleboard a couple of summers ago. Finally, I’ve been pole dancing for a year. I first discovered this sport in university, and re-discovered my love for it in the fall of 2019, but didn’t get serious about training until last spring. Now I train three days a week, 2 hours a day! It’s incredibly rewarding and it’s been amazing to see how it has transformed my body in this last year.


What can’t you live without?


I can’t live without my music! I love taking my phone with me in the car and singing along with the songs. I even sing when I’m running on the elliptical, that’s always fun! I also listen to music when I’m doing weights or when I’m on the pole, the former because I’ve learned I’m not the kind of person who can work out in silence, and the latter because listening to music while I’m on the pole actually increases and improves your emotional motivation, motor control functions, and cerebral stimulation, all of which make a significant contribution to your progress on the pole. đŸ™‚


Who inspires you?


I am inspired by Emma Watson! She was one of my biggest role models growing up and she remains among my role models to this day. She’s fierce, she’s brave, she’s incredibly intelligent, and she’s played a huge role in the way I’ve chosen to live my life. I admire her because she stands up for what she believes in and is an advocate for equality for everyone.


What are your guilty pleasures?


My guilty pleasure. Hmm, that’s a tough one. I have three guilty pleasures. Sushi, Disney movies, and reading. I actually didn’t use to like sushi, but that changed a couple of years ago when I went to visit family in Alberta. By the end of the week, I had converted from being a non-sushi lover to a 100% sushi lover. My friends like it too, so when we go out to eat we either get sushi or a salad. I am a ’90s kid, so I was born during the time of the Disney Renaissance. I grew up with movies like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas, and Mulan, just to name a few. I re-discovered my love for Disney when I was in university, and since then I have taken great pleasure in re-watching the movies I loved as a child. As soon as the opening credits/music start, I’m transported back to my childhood and I feel like a kid again. All the worries and stresses that come with being an adult just melt away. Finally, I love reading! I know I said that was one of my hobbies, but it is also one of my greatest passions. My parents instilled a love of reading in me and my younger sister at a young age and that’s carried into adulthood. When I’m not exercising or writing, you can usually find me with my nose in a book, lost entirely in another world. I’m well-known for reading past my bedtime, but I just have to know what happens next!






This position with Stretch Creative is my first writing job. I’ve wanted a job like this since I graduated from UNBC with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2015. I worked as a server in a sports bar until the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. As unfortunate and frustrating as the pandemic has been, it’s also been a blessing because it has allowed me to pursue what I’m truly passionate about—writing. I completed my first draft of my first novel in October 2020 and recently finished a popular culture review on the Disney Princesses and how they have evolved over the years. This is something I have wanted to do for several years, but I could never quite get the words to come out the way I wanted to in the form of an academic essay. I also write fanfiction as a way to keep my writing muscles nice and loose, and I have found that writing fanfiction will untangle the cobwebs in my brain when I’m stuck in a place in my original work. I’m very excited to be working with this team and I’m very happy to be here!