Meghan Laslocky’s first book, The Little Book of Heartbreak: Love Gone Wrong Through the Ages is a cultural and social history of not-so-happy endings that will be published by Plume/Penguin in January 2013. To this project, she brings considerable personal expertise: She has been dumped at least a dozen times, including by one Willem Dafoe doppelgänger, one Anthony Edwards doppelgänger, one farmer, one bartender, and at least three published authors. Laslocky has been ditched after moving across the country to be with someone, via email and over instant messenger, in a Honda Civic, on her birthday, and in her own kitchen while making dinner. (To be fair, she’s fairly certain she’s countered by breaking the hearts of three or perhaps six men, several of whom barely spoke English, and one of whom she almost regretted dumping because he really did have great taste in music.) She also brings her years of obsessive reading of history and literature to her study of love gone wrong.
Meghan is attracted to off-beat stories about love and sex, relationships, and gender and has profiled men who have relationships with love dolls and a stylist for transgendered women. As a food blogger in San Francisco, she’s bucked writing about cheese and locavores in favor of taste-testing edible sex aids and creating highly unusual cocktails. Since writing about wacky things doesn’t typically pay the bills, she works as a freelance writer, editor and producer for KQED public broadcasting.
Meghan grew up on a farm in Vermont, where she raised a sheep named Caspian and spent a lot of time reading Nancy Drew mysteries and walking in the woods looking for gnomes. A graduate of Middlebury College, where she studied English literature, Meghan also studied at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she received the Clay Felker Award for Excellence in Magazine Writing. She now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, son and three cats, at least one of which was unplanned.