Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Interview: Lauren Oliver, Author of Delirium


I'm honored to have Lauren Oliver on my blog today where she will answer questions about her current novel.

Lauren Oliver was previously an editorial assistant at a publishing company in New York. A graduate of the University of Chicago and the MFA Program at New York University, she is now a full-time writer. She divides her time between Brooklyn, New York, and anywhere her friends will let her crash on their sofas. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, running, dancing, and yes, long walks on the beach (or, more practically, along New York City streets).

Her first book, Before I Fall, was published in March 2010 by HarperCollins. It was a New York Times Bestseller. Please visit her on the web at http://www.laurenoliverbooks.com/.

DELIRIUM, her current novel, a first in a trilogy is in a store near you!

What was your favorite aspect about writing DELIRIUM?
I had a lot of fun building the world, and thinking about the kind of educational, literary, social, political, and religious structures that would have to be in place in order for a world without love to function. It was actually really interesting to write about such a repressive society; we’re so removed from that in western culture, although it is of course a reality in many parts of the world.

DELIRIUM is different from your previous novel, BEFORE I FALL (Which I absolutely loved). Was it harder to write one book over the other? If so, please explain?
I think every book is hard in a different way. In Before I Fall I was able to draw more fully from my own experiences and memories of high school, but it was difficult to evoke a main character that is so unsympathetic at the beginning, and then put her through the ringer. Lena and her world were less familiar to me, of course, but actually I found that quite freeing.

If you could pick any actress/actor to play the roles of Lena & Alex, who would you pick?
Oh, man! I don’t really ever see movies, so I have no idea who’s even out there. I would want Lena to look a little curvier, though. She’s not supposed to be a stick! She’s a normal seventeen-year-old girl, not a supermodel-in-training.

Have you received any feedback from any of your books that made you tear up? Can you share any details with your readers?
All the time, actually. I’m kind of a crybaby. People write to me all the time and tell me that Before I Fall helped them connect with their families, or made them want to live their lives more meaningfully. One girl told me it got her through a period during which she was feeling suicidal. There is of course no higher compliment, no impact more meaningful, than that.

What can readers look forward to next from you and your books?
Well, Delirium is the first book in a trilogy, so they can look forward to its sequel, PANDEMONIUM, which will be released in February 2012. And I’ve also started writing middle-grade fiction, which I’m really, really excited about. My first middle-grade book is called LIESL AND PO and it will be released in Fall 2011


Thanks for stopping by Lauren!

For more information about Lauren Oliver and her books, please visit her website here.

25 comments :

  1. great interview; I love Lauren Oliver and her books!

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  2. Fantastic interview!
    I loved Before I Fall. I am anxious to read Delirium due to it being so different from your first. It's nice to see Lauren move from that book to a new one, though I question if she will return to Before I Fall?

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  3. Great interview. I can't wait to read Delirium. It's such a unique idea.

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  4. Really nice interview. Thanks for this.

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  5. Lauren Oliver is so great. Great interview! I can't wait to read Delirium.

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  6. Great interview! I really enjoyed Before I Fall so I can't wait for Delirium.

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  7. Excellent interview! I'm looking foreard to reading about the world that she built, especially since I now know how much thought went into it.

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  8. Wow looks like Lauren will be busy writing and I can't wait to learn more about her upcoming books.

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  9. great interview!! really liked before i fall and i can't wait to read delirium!!

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  10. I really enjoyed Before I fall and am highly anticipating Delirium. Thanks for the interview.

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  11. Great interview! I'm kinda glad that Lauren Oliver didn't have any actors in mind--I like to visualize the characters myself first. :-)

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  12. Love the interview. I have Before I Fall and plan to read it very soon! I've heard so many great things about her books.

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  13. I like that she would have a normal girl play the character...it's nice when actors aren't model like!

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  14. Can't wait for book two.


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  15. I loved Before I Fall and am hoping to read Delirium soon.

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  16. I haven't read any of her books but I'm looking forward to reading Delirium. I wonder what her new middle grade book will be about? Thanks for the great author interview!

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  17. This sounds like an awesome book, and i just absoloutley LOVE author interviews. U get to know more bout who wrote ur favorite book :)

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  18. Great interview! The feedback you received for BEFORE I FALL sounds really wonderful. I'd definitely tear up, too. :)

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  19. I've read Before I Fall and can't wait to read her latest book.

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  20. That's so amazing, how Before I Fall inspired so many people. I tihnk I'm going to give it a try now :)

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  21. For some strange reason, I didn't know she wrote Before I fall.. now im SUPER excited for Delirium!(:

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  22. I'd love to read this book & I'm glad it's to be part of a series. Thanks for the interview!

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  23. My friend read this book and said it was amazing. I read her last novel, Before I Fall and fell in love!

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  24. I literaly just finished this book a few minutes ago...and Im amazed. This book will steal your heart away from the get go. You will, no doubt, fall in love with the characters, and wont be able to put it down until you finish...its just that good. Just a warning, you will fall in love, and then get your heart broken. My mind is seriously blown away.

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  25. Lauren Oliver grabs you quickly from the beginning and slowly weaves you to a climatic ending that has you wanting to grab her by the collar and shake her until she tells you want happened. I have not been this impressed by an ending in quite a long time and I commend Ms Oliver for piquing my curiosity.

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