I’m so excited to have Lauren Oliver on the blog today! Lauren is the author of the YA novels Before I Fall, and Delirium. She’s also generously providing a signed copy of Delirium for giveaway to one lucky winner (please see giveaway details at the bottom of the post.)
It says in your bio that you grew up in a family of writers. Who in your family influenced you most as a child?
Everyone in my family was an influence! My mother, father, and older sister are all immensely intelligent, creative, thoughtful people. My sister and I used to make up long and epic games together, and at night she would tell me stories; my mother, too, was an incredible story-teller, and she narrated to us made-up adventures of a fictional girl named Rosemary and her magical stuffed animal horse, which transformed into a real horse every night. My father is a writer and used to read or recite poetry at the dinner table. The lines between real and imaginary life were never very clearly drawn for me, and I think that helped me develop a vibrant fantasy life.
After college, you worked as what you described as “the world’s worst editorial assistant”. It couldn’t have been that bad, could it?
I was pretty bad. I mean, I was a great reader and an avid and enthusiastic member of the editorial team. But the list of things I refused to do, or just did poorly—such as copying, mailing, note-taking, and filing—made me pretty unsuitable as an assistant. In the end, my boss actually promoted me so that he could get a new assistant!
Can you tell us a little bit more about your love of ketchup?
Did you know that Heinz tomato ketchup is the ONLY food in the world that contains all five flavors (salty; sweet; sour; bitter; umami) the tongue can detect? That makes it a perfect food! I’ve loved ketchup since I was a kid. My favorite food used to be pasta with ketchup. At this point in my life, I’ll eat ketchup on pretty much anything, including toast.
I’d love to hear more about Cupid Day at your high school!
Cupid Day at my high school is pretty much identical to the one described in Before I Fall, except that the Cupids delivered carnations and not roses. I remember it just being a really stressful holiday. Every time the cupids interrupted class, you’d just be praying and praying that they would call your name and hand over a flower.
What’s something that makes you laugh out loud?
My friends are always making me laugh out loud. We make it a goal to laugh as often and as loudly as possible. The Lonely Island videos usually make me laugh out loud, too.
What’s one of the most daring things you’ve ever done?
I launched my own literary development company, Paper Lantern Lit, in 2010, despite having no experience as a business owner.
Do you like to travel? If so, and you could go anywhere, where would you go?
I love to travel! I travel about seventy percent of the year. Right now, some of the places that are on top of the wish list are: Greece, Vietnam, and the Seychelles.
Is there any news of upcoming projects and events you’d like to share with us?
There’s a gorgeous special edition of DELIRIUM coming out this August, and it includes the first chapter of Pandemonium and an exclusive Q & A. My first middle-grade, Liesl & Po, comes out this October, as does the paperback of Before I Fall. So lots of stuff to look forward to!
Visit Lauren at her website
Read my review of Delirium
*Giveaway is for a *Signed* copy of Delirium to one winner!
*Please leave a comment with your email address to enter!
*Must be at least 13 yrs old to enter
*Giveaway Ends July 10th, 2011