Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Author Interview + Contest: Lauren Strasnick

Today, I'm thrilled to be featuring Lauren Strasnick as she shares with readers about her writing. Lauren Strasnick grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, now lives in Los Angeles, and is a graduate of Emerson College and the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) MFA Writing Program. NOTHING LIKE YOU is her first book.

What inspires you to sit down and write?
So much. Great books, great movies, stellar friends, killer heartbreak, fear, recklessness, cute pets, good music, starry nights.

Are there any parts in Nothing Like You that were hard to write?
Oh, absolutely. All writing is hard! :D But, to be specific: there was one scene toward the end of the book that came out quite easy but left me feeling really sad and depleted. Other scenes didn’t necessarily trigger emotional responses but took quite some time to get right.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
If I could, I’d fiddle with a book forever. Thankfully, this book’s been printed and now I’m unable to tweak sentence structure and move commas around needlessly. :D

You’re allowed a collection of books from one author only for the rest of your life and no access to any others. Which author would you choose?
Oh god, impossible question! I’m more of a favorite book kind of girl – I don’t think I could be faithful to just one author! Some very special books: The Secret History (Donna Tartt), The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys (both by Michael Chabon), My Life in Heavy Metal (Steve Almond), Looking for Alaska (John Green), How I Live Now (Meg Rosoff), The Hanged Man (Francesca Lia Block), Franny and Zooey (Salinger), Teach Me (R.A. Nelson), Ghost World (Daniel Clowes), The Virgin Suicides (Jeffrey Eugenides).
I’ve answered this question all wrong, haven’t I?

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Oh wow, another tough one. Well, I’m publishing a book. That alone is pretty dreamy.

Where do you hope to take your writing in the future?
Somewhere fearless and deep and moving and funny. Also, I’d love to write a mystery. :D

Can you tell us your latest news/what plans you have for your upcoming novels?
I’m in the midst of writing my second book for Simon Pulse: Thwarted love! Twins! Rural Connecticut!

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Feel free to visit me at laurenstrasnick.com! Also, download a free excerpt of Nothing Like You here: http://tiny.cc/vJQv5

Thanks Lauren!
For more information about Lauren Strasnick and her books, please visit her website here.

**Contest Closed**

Lauren has graciously offered a signed copy of Nothing Like You for a giveaway.

Rules: 1 Winner

Comment on Interview +1
Link to blog: +1
Follow me on Twitter +1
Follower : +2
Total = 5 entries

Contest ends @ midnight (CST) November 2, 2009. U.S. and Canada Residents Only (Sorry!)


  1. I've been hearing good things about How I Live Now - it sounds like the sort of book I should pick up (especially if it's an author's favorite!).

    +1 commented on interview
    +1 linking to blog sidebar
    +1 follower on Twitter (@celialarsen)
    +2 blog follower



  2. Enter me!
    That really is an impossible question; asking someone to pick just ONE author. And they could only read that author's books for the rest of their lives. I think i would have had to answer like she did with a ton of different books.

    Comment on Interview +1
    Follow on Twitter +1
    Follower : +2
    And I do have a US address!

  3. I also wanted to say that Nothing Like You has a seriously stunning cover. I'll be looking for it. :)

  4. +1 I really liked how Lauren talked about the scene that triggered such an emotional response after writing it. It just shows how much certain authors really do put into their writing!
    +1 Blogroll
    +1 Follow on Twitter (mindfulmusings)
    +2 Follower

    Natalie @ Mindful Musings

  5. Great interview! Now I'm very excited to read the book.

    +1 comment
    +1 linked to blog
    +1 follow on Twitter @NotNessie
    +2 blog follower

  6. +1 This is the first I have heard of this book, it sounds great. I will keep watching for Lauren's mystery too.
    +1 follower on twitter
    +2 follower on blog
    Elie (Ellz Readz)

  7. +1 I blogged giveaway: http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2009/10/contests_20.html

    +1 I follow you on Twitter: @fredalicious

    +2 I follow blog via Google Connect


  8. +2 follower

  9. +1 - Oh, I loved Looking for Alaska by John Green too! :)
    +1 Linked on my sidebar
    +1 I follow you on Twitter
    +2 I'm a follower
    Total = 5 entries :)

    bookreviewsbyjess (@) gmail.com

  10. I really really want to read this book.

    Comment on Interview +1
    Follow you on Twitter +1
    Follower : +2

    Thank you both for the giveaway ^^

  11. I'm really excited about this book! Lauren's next book sounds interesting as well - can't wait to hear more about it!

    +1 interview comment
    +1 linked to sidebar @ http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com
    +1 Twitter follower
    +2 Blog follower


  12. Comment on Interview +1 - Thanks, I like knowing how authors write, especially since I seem to get stuck a lot myself. :)
    Link to blog: +1 - check out my sidebar, twoandahalfbooklovers.blogspot.com
    Follower : +2

  13. Great interview! I've been waiting on this book for a while--can't wait to finally read it!

    Comment +1
    I'm following you on Twitter (@PaperbackPixie) +1
    And I'm following your blog +2

    Thanks so much!

  14. what a great interview! thanks!

    meaghan_koci (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. Great interview! But wow, tough question about the "only one author" -- got me thinking! :)

    shari579 AT hotmail DOT com

    comment +1
    follower +2
    twitter follower +1

  16. Great contest!

    +1 linked
    +2 follower

    kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

  17. Lauren,
    Great interview....waiting for my Amazon order.....so exciting...xo

  18. Sounds good! count me in!
    +1 I follow you on twitter (dcf_beth)
    +2 I'm a follower
    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  19. I love it here and will visit often now I've found your blog.
    Thanks for sharing.

  20. Follow me on Twitter +1 (as robbiebear03)
    Follower : +2

    Robyn :)

  21. I want to read this book. :D

    +2 follower

    linna.hsu at gmail dot com

  22. I REALLY like the cover of this book. It's definitely very eye-catching. I can't wait to read this! :)

    +1 Comment on Interview
    +1 Link to blog
    +2 Follower!

    Thanks for the contest!
    -Staysi :)
    staysil7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  23. Great interview!

    Link to blog: tweeted +1
    Follow me on Twitter +1
    Follower : +2

    imsosweepy { at } gmail { dot } com

  24. I have been dying to read this ever since I heard about this around the blogosphere a couple of months ago. It looks so good, I cant resist:)

    Great interview by the way. Very entertaining.

    +1: Commented on Interview
    +2: Follower!
    +2: Follow on Twitter-


  25. Please enter me! Since I've heard about Nothing Like You - I've been dying to read it.

    I agree with Lauren about the impossible question - just ONE authors collection for the rest of my life would kill me!

    Comment on Interview +1
    Link to blog in sidebar (on blogroll) http://thebookcellarx.blogspot.com +1
    Follow on Twitter @thebookcellarx +1
    Follower : +2

    :) Erica

  26. Nice interview. I've only read a couple of books on Lauren's list of favourite books.

    +1 Commented on interview
    +2 Follower


  27. This has been on my goodreads to read list for months!

    Link to blog: +1 (sidebar)
    Follow me on Twitter +1 (valeriekwrites)
    Follower : +2

    shouldbewritingnow at gmail dot com

  28. Congratulations on your first book, Lauren!

    Comment on Interview +1
    Follow on Twitter +1 @ddurance
    Follower +2

    deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

  29. You're right Lauren, having a book published is pretty dreamy! Congrats =) I'm sure we'll be seeing more from you, maybe that mystery you want to write.

    Nothing Like You sounds really good btw.


    -I also linked to this on my sidebar (http://creativitygone.blogspot.com)
    -I follow you on twitter
    -& I follow the blog

    Thanks ladies!

    mishtakes AT gmail DOT com

  30. I absolutely loved Lauren's answer to "what dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?" I think that's how I would feel too.

    +1 commented on interview
    +1 follow you on twitter @bianca1946
    +2 follow you on blog

    infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com

  31. Please enter me! booksobsession(at)gmail(dot)com

    Ooh I wonder what her next book will be?! I'm excited.

    +1 Comment on interview.
    +1 Posted on my sidebar at http://booksobsession.blogspot.com
    +1 I follow on twitter @booksobsession.
    +2 I follow!

    Thanks :)

  32. Comment on Interview +1 -- I think it's fascinating that she had such an emotional response to writing certain scenes -- it makes sense to me but I had never really thought about writing in that way before.

    Follow me on Twitter +1 -- doodlebug40.

    Follower : +2


  33. I think Nothing Like You is going to be one amazing read, I would love to read it too! I hope I win, thanks for holding this contest!

    +2 I follow:)


  34. +2 follower
    This book sounds really good. Great questions! I would love to read it. x.

  35. I like the fact that she has soo many fav. authors!
    +1 commented on interview.
    +1 follower on twitter @lag32583
    +2 blog follower


  36. +1 This was a cute interview - I am actually listening to How I Live Now - it is very interesting and very different from what I expected!

    +1 I follow on twitter

    +2 I follow your blog.

    kherbrand at comcast dot net

  37. This sounds pretty good, I would love to read it :)
    Thanks for the author interview, it's great to know about the author before reading the book.

    +2 Follower.

    barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  38. Link to blog: +1

    Follower : +2

    two_of_hearts_101 at yahoo dot com

  39. This sounds like an absolutely awesome book! Please enter me.

    +1 Posted about this contest with a link on my sidebar at

    +1 Became a twitter follower! (Twitter Display Name: Shadowofwonder)

    +2 Old blogger follower!


  40. I hadn't heard of this book before but it sounds good! I'm very intrigued by the scene that left the author "sad and depleted". I really want to know what that is! Thanks for another great giveaway!

    +1 comment
    +2 already follow
    +1 added to sidebar


  41. i'm a follower!
    i'm also going to follow on twitter!


    stampitchick at yahoo dot ca

  42. Her next book sounds like it is going to be really good. Great interview. Loved those questions.

    I'd just love to win a copy of this book.

    +1 comment on interview
    +1 on blogroll
    +1 Follow on twitter
    +2 follower

    ~Briana :)


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