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Lauren Oliver - Interview by Julia, Teen Blogger

This was sucLauren Oliver- photoh a nice interview! I loved doing this with Lauren and had a very good time doing it.

She has such a beautiful writing style that contributes to her amazing stories. They make such a nice combination while tied in with her amazing book covers (which attracted me in the first place). I really started to fawn over her books this past year when choosing which book to read first from the many that I was given as Christmas presents (deciding is always such a brain battle!).

So here is a little bit about Lauren Oliver:

Lauren was born in Queens and raised in Westchester, New York, in a small town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. From a very early age, both she and her sister were encouraged to make up stories, draw, paint, dance around in costumes, and essentially spend much of their time living imaginatively.

You can learn more about her by checking out her website @ http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/index.php.

What inspired you to write your first book? 

Before I started writing my first published book, Before I Fall, I started hearing the voice of Sam (the protagonist) in my head. I just had to start writing it down!

Do you have any advice for other writers? 

The advice I have is boring, but true. The only way to get better at writing is to read and write as much as you can!

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book? Panic- book cover

There are always things that I want to change in every book! At a certain point though you just have to trust that you and your editor did the best that you could, and let it out into the world.

Do you have to travel much concerning your books? 

I do, but I think of it more as GETTING to travel! It's a privilege to meet people from all over the world who have read my books.  

What was the hardest part of writing your book? 

It really depends on the book. Each book has their own unique joys and challenges. 

What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life? 

I always find world building to be the most challenging part of the book. It's always a fun challenge to really try to visualize and understand all the parts of the world you're creating. This is especially true in fantasy or science-fiction books, but any book you write is in it's own world in a way.

What books have most influenced your life? 

There are so many! In some ways, any book you read influences you as a writer, and as a person, whether they're good or bad. 

What are your current projects? 

My next book Panic comes out Spring 2014, you can read all about it on Goodreads!

[Editor's Note: You can listen to Lauren Oliver reading the first three chapters of Panic on her website. The first chapter is included in the video below.]

Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Lauren. I hope you enjoyed this interview as much as I did. Whilst enjoying your latest books, I became a fan of your writing because it has such an emotional effect on me. I hope I you continue to keep on writing such neat stories.


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