Fandom Monthly Magazine was so delighted once we heard that Lauren Oliver would be doing an interview with us!
Lauren 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.
She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else .
About her trilogy Delirium: In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn't about to make the same mistakes.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government's radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?
FMM: What was your inspiration for Delirium?
LO: Everyone thinks Delirium was inspired by a bad break-up but I swear, it wasn't! (Although I've had plenty.) I wanted to write a book about love in all of its forms and manifestations: romantic, platonic, and familial love. I was also really interested in the social mechanics of fear, and the way that enormous groups of people can be motivated and controlled by the careful manipulation of information.
FMM: When did you start writing?
LO: I don't even remember! Pretty much as soon as I could write. I started writing consistently when I was about nine years old, though.
FMM: Do you have a favorite author?
LO: No way. I read too much, and too broadly, to be able to narrow it down. I'm constantly discovering new authors I love and admire; that's the beauty about being a lifelong reader. There are always more books--there is always a new writer emerging to knock your socks off. But to list a few of my favorites: Phillip Pullman, Roald Dahl, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ian McEwan, Agatha Christie, Jeffrey Eugenides, Rainbow Rowell.
FMM: What are you currently writing?
LO: I'm not telling you! :P My newest YA, PANIC, comes out in early March. And my very first "Adult book, ROOMS, will be released in September.
FMM: What or where do you see yourself a year or two from now?
LO: Sheesh. I don't know! Hopefully wearing very warm socks and a hat. It's cold in January and presumably will still be cold in January next year!
Thank so much Lauren for doing this interview with us! We really appreciate it!