INCONVENIENT DAUGHTER, Kaylie Jones Books (Pub. June 23, 2020)

Rowan Kelly was adopted from Korea by Irish Catholic parents at three months old. Raised in the suburbs of Long Island, Rowan has struggled to balance her racial and cultural identity. Unable to reconcile the anger and pain from being abandoned and relinquished by her biological mother, Rowan desperately searches for love, placing herself in dangerous situations in the process.




Lauren J. Sharkey talks about the racism she has experienced as a Korean American in the wake of the CODIV-19 pandemic.


Brooklyn Girl Books, 2019

Based on Sharkey's struggle with weight, "Echo" was included in Women Under Scrutiny: An Anthology of Truths, Essays, Poems, Stories, & Art.


Asian American Feminist Collective, 2019

Sharkey's essay on the fetishization of Asian Women was selected for inclusion in AAFC's digital storytelling project, First Times.

The Adoptee Journey is Lifelong

Adoption RSS, 2019

Lauren reflects on her own adoption story and what it means to be an adoptee.

I Have Questions for Bio-Mom

Dear Adoption,, 2018

In this piece, Lauren asks her biological mother for answers to questions in an effort to reconcile the effects of adoption on her life.

What All Survivors Know

Blind Faith Books, 2018

Based on Sharkey's experience with domestic violence, "What All Survivors Know" was selected for inclusion in the I AM STRENGTH collection.


THOUGHTS IN PROGRESS: LIES AND TRUTHS, Lauren J. Sharkey talks openly about choosing to write a novel based on her experience as a transracial adoptee.

BOOK NOTES – LARGEHEARTED BOYIn the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Lauren J. Sharkey shares the playlist used to write Inconvenient Daughter.

PAGE 69: INCONVENIENT DAUGHTERInconvenient Daughter is put to The 69 Test, which compares page 69 against the meat of the actual story.