Monday, August 20, 2012

AAA: Interview with Lauren Oliver


Earlier in the year I had the absolute delight of meeting Lauren Oliver in person. Funny, wise, eloquent, and a wonderful speaker, it's no wonder her books have become an international success. I don't believe anyone at her Sydney event walked away anything short of completely charmed. It's an honour to have her here today, and I hope you'll enjoy her interview as much as I.


I was lucky enough to hear you talk when you were in Sydney earlier this year (you were amazing!). I remember you talking about your career, and path to being published. You studied and worked in the publishing industry (and wrote and re-wrote an 800 page novel!)--it wasn't something you just fell into. So I guess I'm asking how long it took you to nail down that first idea, and get it published

Lauren: My first publishable idea came pretty quickly--from start to finish, the whole book took me just about a year to write. But I'd spent years writing many failed novels before I had the idea for BEFORE I FALL!

What's the best part of being an author?

Lauren: Getting paid to do the thing I love most in the world!

And the worst?

Lauren: When I have too many ideas and not enough time to write them all!

What's a typical day in life of Lauren Oliver? You live in New York, so I'm sure it's all coffee dates, fancy parties, knock of a few chapters in a hour before cocktails with girls, no? ;D

Lauren: Actually, that's not too far off, especially a few years ago, when I was single. :) Now there's a lot more sitting on the couch with my man, watching Game of Thrones! And there's a lot more work than there is shopping--I work between 5-9 hours a day, typically. And THEN I drink cocktails with my girlfriends!

Last one! What's your funniest (or weirdest) authorly moment? Any crazed fans?

Lauren: Hmmm. No, although I did recently have a fan tweet me that he'd located my house on Google Maps! That was slightly disconcerting. But in general my fans are awesome.






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A big thank you to Lauren for her time today! If you're a fan, why not take to Facebook or Twitter and let her know. Remember to enter the giveaway (under the jump) for a chance to win dozens of amazing books and prizes!

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29 comments:

  1. LOL, I can't believe someone said they google mapped your house. I would freak out.

    Great interview.

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    1. OH GOODNESS, RIGHT? I didn't know whether to laugh or be SERIOUSLY shocked :O

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  2. Cool interview! I'm a little worried for that fan who googled Lauren Oliver's house . . . that's well . . . interesting. And creepy too. haha.

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  3. I love this post! She seems SO cool and I can't wait for Reqiuem to come out! You're so lucky you got to meet her in person! I would just *die* if I could meet her. :') Lovely interview, guys!

    P.S. OMG Lauren you have some creepy fans! :P

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    1. She was AMAZING in person. SUCH a fantastic speaker--seriously, I was SO lucky ♥

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  4. I knew that writers in New York spent all their time partying!!! I didn't even realise that Lauren was in Oz :( I'm so out of the loop. Great Interview.

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    1. Ahahaha! RIGHT?! She was out a few months ago, but I think there was only one Sydney stop. She was AMAZING.

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  5. I can't believe that fan told her that he'd stalked her, that's not very smart.
    Great interview, Lauren seems like an amazing person (and you got to meet her too!) :)

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    1. RIGHT? SUPER CREEPY. Hehehe! Thanks, Zino!

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  6. Absolutely amazing interview! Lauren sounds lovely, I appreciate her even more after reading this post. I bet meeting her was a wonderful experience :D Creepy fans? Or extremely dedicated? Hmm... :O

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    1. *huggles your face* Why thank you, partner! She was SO lovely in person.

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    2. *huggles* Did you know that for a while, I thought I had created the word "huggles". So genius, it's like "hugs" but way cuter. But then I saw it being used it another tiwtter convo and this was me:

      :O ...silly me

      You sound so, cowgirly-ish. Well, howdy partner! Lauren comes across as such a lovely, sweet person.

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  7. Awesome interview Sarah!!!! I love how you correctly guessed Lauren's life a few years ago! :0 scary what can be found on google maps.
    that's fantastic that you got to meet her!!!!

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    1. Ahaha! I was TOTALLY joking, and her answer made me laugh even more. She's AMAZING ♥

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  8. Yay, another lovely interview. Lauren sounds so awesome and down to earth (and living the life I so desperately want). Haha. I need to read Liesl and Po!

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    1. Thanks so much Kristen! She's lovely, and YES! I am SO excited to read Liesl and Po and the Spindlers! I have a soft spot for MG :)

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  9. I loved the beautiful pictures in Liesl & Po and I adored her new coming book The Spindlers. I really want to read her other books as well :) Lovely interview!

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    1. Eeee! SO excited to read the Spindlers! Thanks, Mel! ♥

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  10. Ooh, what a great interview, fantastic questions and interesting responses too! Thanks for sharing with us!

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  11. Hahaha...Google Maps??!! Seriously?? LOVE THIS!!

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  12. Aw, fun interview Miss Sarah! Not that I expected anything less. :D

    P.S. your loooong conversation with K. on her review of MONSTROUS BEAUTY on GoodReads made me laugh.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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    1. Hehe! Thanks!
      And, err... yes... I may have hijacked her comments just a *little* bit? XD

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  13. Not even kidding, I think in the future we're going to live in some sinister dystopian world and at the helm of it all? Google. It's gone from a simple search engine to leaking it's way into every aspect of our lives, online and offline. IT'S TAKING OVER THE WORLD. IT WILL. OWN. THE. WORLD. OKAY?

    But.. that's... alright, nothing to do with the amazing talent that is Lauren Oliver. Moving on.

    I LOVE THIS WOMAN! She is such an incredible writer. I really need to check out Game of Thrones someday, because EVERYONE seems to be a fan! FANTABULOUS INTERVIEW!! <3

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    1. I LIKE YOUR CONSPIRACY THEORY.
      *POKES*
      WRITEABOOKWRITEABOOKWRITEABOOKWRITEABOOK. KAY? I'll read it, and you'll be FAMOUS. The world needs to be exposed to your awesome :D

      AND YOU SO NEED TO CHECK OUT GAME OF THRONES. It's BRILLIANT.

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  14. omg did I miss Lauren here in Sydney? ugh. *wails*

    Great interview Sarah! xoxoxo

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  15. Yes, yes, YES! <3 I got to meet Lauren when she came to Toronto last year with Veronica Roth and she was just BRILLIANT.

    Someone Google mapped her house?! I'm kind of laughing but that's actually seriously creepy o_O I wonder if she replied LOL.... Awesome interview!

    Sonia

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