Question 1: What are the books you wrote?
I’ve so far published three books: Before I Fall, Delirium, and Liesl and Po. The second book in my Delirium trilogy, Pandemonium, will be released in March 2012.
Question 2: What inspired you to write your first book?
I think a lot of different things inspired the book, actually. First of all, I’ve always thought about what my perfect day would be: a day I could relive over and over and still be perfectly happy. When I was younger it used to be a kind of game of mine, when I couldn’t fall asleep, to try and imagine a moment or event or day of perfect happiness in as much detail as possible.
This is an issue Sam addresses in the book, as she relives her last day over and over.
Additionally, right as I was starting to think about the book I was put in touch with a guy I’d “known,” essentially, my whole life; we’d gone to elementary, middle, and high school together. I put “known” in quotation marks because what occurred to me once I started talking to him in my adult life was how little the impressions I’d always had of him—impressions formed from years of reported gossip, or vague prejudices, or whatever it is the mechanism is by which we feel we know people in high school without actually speaking to them—had been one hundred percent wrong. He was literally the opposite of the person I had always thought him to be.
This got me thinking about a girl who would have the chance to cycle deeper and deeper into the minutiae of her everyday experiences, and thus begin to see them in a different manner.
Question 3: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their books?
I have so many favorites; it’s impossible to pick. I love authors who blend realism with the fantastical, from CS Lewis and Roald Dahl to Jeffrey Eugenides and Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Question 4: If you could pick any book to write, (it doesn’t have to be yours) what book would it be?
Harry Potter, of course—both for creative and financial reasons.
Question 5: When you are alone, what is the one thing you do?
Stay in my pajamas!
Question 6: If you had 10 Million Dollars, what would you do with it? Why?
I would pay half of it to taxes (because that’s patriotic!), and then I would buy a big farmhouse for my friends and family to use as a retreat, as well as a cozy apartment in Paris. I love to travel, and I find myself inspired by different places. Hopefully I’d have money left over, which I would save for my retirement.
Question 7: If you couldn’t bean author what would your ideal job be?
A back-up dancer for Beyonce!! Or a food writer…which I guess is kind of like being an author.
Question 8: What is the hardest part in writing a book?
The hardest part is simply sticking with it, sentence after sentence, page after page. It requires patience and a whole lot of discipline. It can be kind of agonizing to make a book live, to make the characters lift off the page and begin acting on their own.
Question 9: Tell me a bit about your childhood. Where did you grow up? What were your dreams back then?
I grew up primarily in a suburb outside of New York City. My parents are both creative people who hugely valued the arts; our home was filled with art, music, and tons and tons of books. As a child, I wanted to be a ballet dancer, but I also spent plenty of time penning stories, drawing, and imagining my way into different places.
Question 10: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write!! Write every day, and read as much as you can. That’s really the only training that is necessary.
Thank you so much Lauren for your time!
We all love your books!!