Monday 23 January 2012

An Interview with Lauren Oliver!


You've all heard of Lauren Oliver, right? Of course you have! She is the best-selling author of Delirium and Before I Fall.

Delirium (Delirium, #1) Before I Fall
And not forgetting her upcoming books......
Hana Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)
They look great!!! Now here is the interview!
- Where did you get the idea for Delirium?
I had read an essay written by Gabriel Garcia Marquez where he said that all great books are about death or love. Since I had already written a book about death, I started toying with the idea of writing about love. The next day I was at the gym and saw that all the TV's had been displaying news of the swine flu as though it was the worse epidemic in US history. The two ideas merged in my head, and Delirium was born.

- Are anyone of your characters based on real life people?
I don’t exactly “base” characters on real people—I more base them on my understanding of how people behave. When I write, I take mostly the details from real-life—the quirks and the habits, the little behavioral details, like loving the color green or collecting cow salt shakers. The big things I fill in with my own imagination.

- How did you feel when you were told that Delirium would be published?
Well, Delirium was actually my second book to be published, so I kind of knew it would make it to the shelves. When I was told my first book, Before I Fall, would be published, I think I went into shock. It was one of the proudest and happiest days of my life.

- What is your dream cast for your book?
There are so many talented young actresses right now, which makes it a great time to be looking for a teen cast. I love Hailee Steinfeld, Emma Watson, Dakota Fanning and Mia Wasikowska, just to name a few.

- Who are your favourite authors of all time?
Roald Dahl, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Jane Austen, just to name a few.

- If you could have one superpower what would it be?
Easy one. I'd love to be able to fly!

- Romance or Horror?
Romance, for sure. Except in movies. Then horror.

- What is your favourite quote?
I have so many. Everything brilliant has already been said. :) It’s not exactly a quote, but I love the concept of finding freedom in discipline. Writers need a LOT of discipline.

- What books do you wish you had written?
So many! I have book-envy for all of the books I love, from Matilda to The Virgin Suicides to Harry Potter to Pride and Prejudice.

- What's one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
I have the simplest, most effective advice: just WRITE every day! Make it a habit to devote some time to your writing on a daily basis, and read as much as you can, too.

- In 15 words describe Pandemonium.
Split time-frame; new characters; world teetering on revolution; Lena is reborn.
About the Author:
Lauren OliverLauren 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.

Her website:

Hmmm, after reading all that, I'm sure you're itching to read Lauren's books! So get down to Amazon/Ebay/Book Depository or what ever you buy your books on, and buy them! I garantee you will love her books. Oh, and don't forget that PANDEMONIUM is releasing next month! If you haven't read Delirium then you should! Right now.

Check back soon,
Sam :D

1 comment:

  1. Great interview!! I cannot wait to get Pandemonium. :)