If you haven't yet read Before I Fall, you should go out and get it ASAP. It's an amazing book and some may say it's even worth getting hit by a car for - but you'll have to read this interview with Lauren to find out more about that.
Read our review of Before I Fall HERE and now on to the interview!
BCM: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
LO: Hmmm. That’s so broad! Well, my name is Lauren, and I live in Brooklyn, and I write (obviously). I love ketchup, pasta, and chewy textures. I don’t like fruit, fast food, or crunchy textures (like chips or crackers). I can’t stand the smell of gasoline but I don’t mind the smell of skunks. When I was young, I thought the word for nostrils was “snozzles.” I don’t know why.
BCM: Have you always wanted to be an author or is that something that came about later?
LO: Well, I mean, I’ve kind of always written. That has just been a big part of my life. I didn’t necessarily always think of it as a “career,” though. For a long time I wanted to be a ballet dancer.
BCM: Where did your inspiration for Before I Fall come from?
LO: From a bunch of places, really, but I definitely started with the idea of Sam as a character. I wanted to portray her evolution and growth, and I tried to think of a mechanism that would enable me to show that.
BCM: The main character, Sam, starts off as a very unlikeable character, but also a very realistic one. Were you worried that readers wouldn't be able to connect with her at first?
LO: Absolutely. I still worry about that. And, you know, some people don’t. But I tried to thread in hints that the book would be about her change—that it would have to be. And ultimately, I think it’s important to trust your readers.
BCM: Was there one character or one moment that was particularly difficult for you to write?
LO: It was hard for me to write all of Day Four. Samantha is at her rock-bottom on that day; it was hard, and depressing, to be in that place with her. It felt, you know, like rock bottom!
BCM: Do you have any literary heroes? If so, who are they?
LO: Tons. Too many to list, but I’ll do so anyway: Richard Price, Ian McEwin, Gabrial Garcia Marquez, Flannery O’Connor, Marilynne Robinson, Roald Dahl, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Jeffrey Eugenides. All very different, of course, and all absolutely tremendous in their own ways.
BCM: What are the last three books you've read and loved?
LO: The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly; Pretty Monsters, by Kelly Link, and On Writing, a seminal non-fiction book on the craft of writing by Stephen King.
BCM: Do you have any funny fan stories you can share with us?
LO: Hmm. Well this isn’t exactly funny but a fan wrote me recently to say she had been biking to the library to pick up a copy of Before I Fall and she was hit by a car (she was totally fine, thankfully, although her bike got kind of messed up). Anyway, the last line of her email was something like: “Your book was totally worth being hit by a car for!” I thought that was pretty funny. I had definitely never gotten that as a compliment before.
BCM: What is the best advice you can offer someone aspiring to be an author?
LO: Write! It sounds mundane, but really, cultivating the habit of writing every day is one of the best things you can do for yourself as a young writer.
BCM: We know that you have your second book, Delirium, coming out in February. Can you tell us a little bit about it?
LO: Of course. Delirium is very different from Before I Fall but I’m equally excited about it. It’s a dystopian Romeo-and-Juliet story, essentially. It takes place during a time in which love has been diagnosed as a contagious disease; scientists have figured out how to cure it, and a cure is mandatory. But you’ll have to read it to find out what happens beyond that, because I’m not telling! ;)
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