~ YALLFest Spotlight: Lauren Oliver ~


Here at Owl Always Be Reading, we are so excited to be able to host interviews for authors that will be going to YALLFest, which we will be attending for the very first time this coming November 9th, 2013 in Charleston, SC. 

Today we have the honor of sharing with you an interview with Lauren Oliver. We had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Oliver earlier this year at our local indie store and can say she was an absolute delight! 

Check back with us soon for more authors interviews. Now, lets see what Ms. Oliver had to say. Enjoy!

~Author Interview~

What one thing do you need to have when you write?


What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?

Honestly, neither. It’s just every single line in between that feels impossible.

Best writing tip you ever received?

Aim for truth and beauty will follow.

Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.

1.I have fourteen tattoos.
2. I can fall asleep any time, any place. 
3. I have a phobia of worms. 
4. I hate fruit. 
5. I wrote my first novel largely on my Blackberry.

Where's your favorite place to write?

In my sunroom in upstate New York.

What are you working on now?

Two different middle grade books and an untitled young adult novel that my agent described as “the most disturbing thing he’s ever read.” Oops!

What is your favorite genre to write in? To Read?

I love realistic books that include just a hint of fantasy.

~ About the Author ~

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader. 
She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel. 
She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.
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