Happy Birthday, Lauren Oliver, born 8 November 1982
Lauren Oliver Quotes
- I prefer to do my writing in the morning, at home at my dining room table. But I travel a lot, and more often than not am forced to write on my blackberry, or in the back of a car, or on a plane!
- I use Twitter and Facebook, and I think the blogging community has a lot to do with it. People tend to find my book because of word-of-mouth recommendations, and a lot of that happens online now.
- I started writing as a way of extending my love of reading; when I read a book I loved, I would continue to write sequels for it (I was inadvertently a fan fic writer, before “fan fiction” was even a term!). Later on, I began working on my own stories, and keeping company with a lot of imaginary friends.
- First of all—write! Then write, write, write, and write some more. Also, read as much as you can.
- I often write two books simultaneously. Usually one of them starts out as a fun experiment designed to give me a daily break from the real book I’m writing. And then that becomes a real book too.
- I love Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice; I’m still resentful of the fact that my sister is named after her. I love Matilda in Matilda, Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series, and Lyra in the His Dark Materials Trilogy. And plenty, plenty more.
- I think I’m able to do so much because writing is what I love to do. So, often when I have free time, I choose to write and edit.
- My first novel was about a 35-year-old whose wife dies of cancer and who takes up with a prostitute. It was ridiculous. They were roundly rejected by every publisher because they had no plot. I was writing boring books.
- I think dystopian futures are also a reflection of current fears. We live in a time of some uncertainty and volatility. This generation has witnessed a major economic downturn (some would say collapse), America’s near-constant participation in foreign wars, and environmental instability. Dystopian novels help people process their fears about what the future might look like; further, they usually show that there is always hope, even in the bleakest future.
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