YALLFest Interview with Lauren Oliver

YALLFest is coming! YALLFest is coming! On November 9th, 2013, fifty YA authors will descend on Charleston, SC, for an amazing day of free panels, presentations, and book signings. Visit the YALLFest website for more details. In the weeks leading up to the big event, I’m hosting interviews with the talented YALLFest authors several times a week, so keep stopping by to learn more about these fabulous folks. 
Today’s featured author is Lauren Oliver, a New York born and bred gal, whose books have not only been New York Times bestsellers but have also been on just about every other noteworthy list as well. Seriously, way too many accolades to mention in one blog post. Her YA books include Before I Fall and the Delirium trilogy (as well as other stories set in the world of Delirium), and she’s also written books for younger readers like Liesl & Po and The Spindlers.
Lauren Oliver  Requiem
And now for the Q&A with Lauren:
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.
I have fourteen tattoos. I can fall asleep any time, any place. I have a phobia of worms. I hate fruit. 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.
You can learn more about Lauren at her website, on her blog, on facebook, and on twitter.
Are you planning to attend YALLFest? Have you read any of Lauren’s books? Which one(s) are your favorite(s)?
You can read about the first two YALLFests here and here.
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