Over the last couple of years DELIRIUM, LIESL & PO, and PANDEMONIUM have been published. Was it difficult to transition into writing mode for each one given the different genres, mood, age group, and setting? Which idea for either of the books came first?
Lauren: I pretty much approach all of my books in the same way regardless of age or genre. I just think of them as stories I want to tell, characters I need to explore. I try to ignore the context; if I stay true to the voice, to the characters, I'll find my way to the right audience.
Most would say that the DELIRIUM series is a dystopian world whereas LIESL & PO leans more toward fantasy. Would you ever write a young adult fantasy novel or do you find it more interesting to do something angstier and more nerve-wracking when writing for young adults?
Lauren: Sure. I'd totally do a YA fantasy. I never discount any possibility. Like I said in the previous question, I just think of things in terms of stories I want to tell. There are many romantic and reflective elements of my Young Adult novels, and a lot of very dark and nerve-wracking aspects of my Middle Grade books, like LIESL & PO and my upcoming book THE SPINDLERS. I really try not to think too hard about genre and category.
Did you consciously choose to write a middle grade novel or was it something that just happened organically that was later pinned down with the label?
|WHAT'S THAT, MR. MYSELF?|
YOU WANT TO BE A CHARACTER
IN LAUREN OLIVER'S NEXT NOVEL?
Out of all the main characters you’ve created—from BEFORE I FALL down to the upcoming releases for THE SPINDLERS and REQUIEM—which character would you be least inclined to swap lives with if you had to choose and why?
Lauren: Probably Juliet in BEFORE I FALL. It would mean going back to high school and, furthermore, being at the very bottom of a rigorous social hierarchy. I'd way rather battle spider-people underground, like Liza does in THE SPINDLERS!
If you could pick a moment in Liesl’s life that resonates with you, which would it be? Why can you relate to it so easily?
Lauren: Hmmm. There's a moment when she crosses over to the Other Side with Po; afterwards, she experiences a moment of intense joy and also pain, in which she reflects how strange it is that you kind of absorb the people you love into you, even as you're in danger of losing them. That's a feeling I related to very strongly.
Since the Delirium series is going onto it’s third and, I gathered, final, book in the series, how ready are you to put the series behind you and move onto something else? Do you want to drag your feet or power walk through the time left until it’s official release next year?
Lauren: You know, I've already finished REQUIEM and moved on, and it was really, really tough at first. It took me several months to get used to the absence of Lena and the other characters from the Delirium trilogy. I floated around in a kind of funk and silence. But I'm easing into it slowly.
With six novels under your belt so far, which book are you most proud of? Which one best represents your growth as a writer?
I'm proud of them all in very different ways. I think LIESL & PO might be my favorite for personal reasons, but I also love THE SPINDLERS for its sense of adventure. I still like BEFORE I FALL quite a bit and I think I pushed myself in REQUIEM in new and exciting ways. I don't know. Honestly, it changes day by day!
What can you share with us about your upcoming release, THE SPINDLERS, that we wouldn’t be able to find out just by reading the widespread synopsis?
Lauren: In the underworld, the tunnels and roads are lit by lumpen lumierae--commonly known as glow worms!
Talk shows or reality competitions? Talk Show.
Paperback, hardcover, or e-book? Paperback.
Movies or miniseries? Mini-series
Bookmarked or dog-eared? Dog-eared
Novellas or short stories? Novellas
Hot naked werewolves or sexy shiny vampires? Real boys, please (sorry, Daemon! Unfortunately, Oliver doesn't think you're real enough—I would say she's crazy, but she's also Lauren Oliver, so that cancels that out.)
Paranormal or dystopian? Neither!
Realistic or fantasy? Fantasy
Contemporary or historical? Depends.
Romance or friendship? Friendship
Kissing or hand-holding? Kissing
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I'm still not quite over the shock of missing out on paranormal books and preferably shiny vampires. Even so, Lauren, you rock, as your books generally make you out to be the murderer of my heart; you are the Master of Stunning Prose.Comment below if you think you're schizo or you're interested in sharing a bag of glow worms.