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Lauren Oliver interview and giveaway!

Author: Lauren Oliver

Author of: Before I Fall


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.

1--How did you come up with the idea for Delirium?
The idea for DELIRIUM came from an essay I read by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in which he wrote that all great books were about love or death. The next day I was thinking about that quote--particularly about how and in what form a modern love story could be told--while I was on the treadmill at the gym. I was simultaneously watching a news story about a flu outbreak that had everyone freaking out about the possibility of a pandemic, and I was kind of marveling that people so easily go into panics about reports of these diseases, and at some point the two trains of thought--love, and disease--just sort of combined in my head.

2-      At what age did you first start writing?
I started writing at around the age of five, actually—basically, once I started reading on my own. As soon as I began to read, I began to write sequels for my favorite books. It was an early version of fan fiction, I guess.

3-      Did you think Delirium was going to this big of a success?
 Oh! I don’t know. I try not to think too much what will happen to my books once they go out into the world. It’s so stressful. I’m continuously kind of baffled and amazed, though, by how many people have found their way to my books already. So I guess no—I didn’t really expect it.

4-      Who’s your biggest inspiration
I’m not sure I could narrow it down to one person. I get inspired by so many people—my parents, my friends, my fans, and anyone who works hard to achieve a goal.

5-      Would you like to travel to the future or to the past?
For how long? The past, I guess. The future kind of scares me. But I would only go to the distant pass if I could bring along modern plumbing…or lots and lots of air fresheners.

6-      Do you have a bucket list? If so what are some things on it?
I don’t have a list, per se. I would just like to keep living as much and as expansively as possible—loving well, traveling, embracing new opportunities, pushing myself and trying new things. I’m a “yes” person. I’ll pretty much say yes to anything once.

7-      Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Hmmm. I’m kind of both and neither! I love being out late but I hate sleeping in and missing the morning, which is a super productive time for me. Plus, I need a ton of sleep—like nine hours a night. I so wish I could be one of those people who only needs five or six hours. So although I wish I could be both a morning and a night person, I usually end up getting to sleep by midnight and waking up around eight.

8-      What’s your favorite time of the year?
That’s a great question! I love both the fall and the summer. I love going to the beach and being bare-foot and in shorts and getting my hair tangled with ocean-water. But I also love the colors of an East Coast autumn, and cozy sweaters and warm days that melt into cold nights. 

9-      What author would you like to meet and why?
JK Rowling. I would tell her to adopt me, I would tell her I loved her, I would kiss her hand.

10-   Can you tell us some facts about yourself that no one really knows about?
Oof, that’s a hard one. I hate watching TV except for Glee. I religiously sing in the shower, and I even have a sponge shaped like a microphone. I dance a LOT in my apartment. My sister used to call me Sluggie, because I am the world’s slowest walker! There. That’s a lot of secret facts. J

Giveaway time!!

I will be giving away a UK copy of Delirium:

Rules to win:
follow my blog via GFC (suscribing by email is optional)
and leave a comment with your email address down below.

+1 entry for tweeting a link to this interview

The Giveaway ends on July 4 at midnight

my review of Delirium here

Check out her website here
read her blog here

Buy a copy of Delirium here
Buy a copy of Before I Fall here

Don't forget to be on the lookout for the second book in the Delirium series which comes out march 6 2012 (mark it to your to-read list here )

Thanks for checking out the interview and enjoy!


Stephanie BD said...

Cannot wait to read this! :)


GFC: Stephanie

April X said...

Thanks for the giveaway :) I loved the interview, if I ever met JK Rowling I would pass out right then and there. Then once I'm coherent I'd start bowing down lol. I loved Delirium it would be cool to own a UK copy!

(I'm assuming this is a US included giveaway? If not, just ignore my comment lol, sorry!)

I tweeted:!/ramen_addict/status/85429100294053889

Zareen aka Taco said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I've been wanting to read Delirium for a long time.

GFC: Zareen T

Ishita aka Fishy said...

Thanks for this giveaway!! this is great!this books looks's not at our library yet, and i have been waiting for this !

my tweet:!/HeyItsFishy/status/85429914509115392


GFC: Ishita aka Fishy

Ricki said...

I want this book so bad!
GFC - rickimc

Kara_Malinczak said...

Totally great review. I love J.K. Rowling and I totally get what Lauren means about missing the morning if she sleeps in. I'm totally a night owl, but I feel not right in the head if I'm not awake to enjoy some of the A.M.

I am a GFC follower as Kara_Malinczak.

phyllis sweetwater said...

Thanks for everything!

Amelia said...



Awesome interview. Personally, I've always been too shy to sing in the shower, though my shower makes an ungodly amount of noise.

The Authoress

SpadesHigh said...

GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

would love to be entered in this giveaway please!! =)
Thank you!

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evika said...

Great Interview.. I would love to be entered in the givaway. or

Saiiツ said...

Thanks for the Giveaway!
I've been wanting to read Delirium for a long time:)
GFC; Sarah E. Cruz


Anonymous said...

old GFC follower: blackplume

vonze said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I loved reading Delirium, but sadly I don't own a copy of it!

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Lisa said...

Follow via GFC (Lisa) and email. Thanks so much for this giveaway! Really enjoyed this novel but haven't had the chance to actually get a copy for myself. This cover's better than the darker one, in my opinion ;)!/mssammydean/status/85550180191059968


darkangel_1988 said...

Great interview & thanks for the giveaway!
GFC - Memrie

Tweeted -!/darkangel231988/status/85554263870279680


Laura Newcombe said...

Oh, Lauren is such a beautiful person. Each of her answers made me smile from ear to ear, especially #10. Microphone shaped sponge? Love! Thanks for the interview and, as a matter of fact, I'm reading Delirium right now but I will most certainly tell my friends about the giveaway. (:

Laura @ A Work of Fiction

tfalick said...

what a great interview!
Thank you so much for this chance to win! I've been trying to get my hands on this one! I want to read it SO BAD!


tfalick at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

I would absolutely LOVE to win this! Lauren is great!
jazzy_jay673 at hotmail dot com

Lieder Madchen said...

Delirium is such an amazing book! I would love to have a copy! Wonderful interview. :)



Anonymous said...

I would kiss JK Rowling's hand too! Thank you for this awesome giveaway! GFC Krystal Larson tweeted:!/Icecream1891/status/85599900783493120

Shawn Kirsten Maravel said...

I really look forward to reading this book! It looks great!


GFC- Shawn

Clarissa P (Clary) said...

Looking forward to reading this!! *fingers crossed*
Thanks for the giveaway!!!
GFC - Clarissa P (Clary)

Regina said...

I am so excited about reading this book. I have heard and read so many great things.

Mona said...

I've been wanting to read this one for ages. The premise is fascinating.

GFC(Mona Garg)
Email subscriber


Robolobolyn's Universe of Books said...

I really, really want to read this one!

GFC - Robolobolyn's Universe of Books

Margaret said...

Interesting to know there is a sequel coming. Guess I gotta read this one! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm a GFC follower and subscriber via email.



SarahSparrow said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

I am Follower and my wordpress doesn't off it GFC. Bummer. Jackie Paulson wants to win so here is email please no spam. Good luck to everyone.

Mickey @ imabookshark said...

Fantastic interview! Can't wait to read this book :o)

Email: imabookshark AT yahoo DOT com

Mickey @ imabookshark

Dinda_SI said...

Thanks for he chance !!!
I'm a GFC follower.

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Denise Z said...

Thank you for sharing the interview and the lovely giveaway opportunity.
GFC follower


Lisarenee said...

I already own the book so count me out on the contest. Just wanted to drop in and say thanks for posting the interview. Good luck everyone.

naKesha said...

Great Giveaway! I really want this book!

Tara said...

I would love to win a copy! Thank You!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

IdentitySeeker said...

Thanks for the great giveaway:) I'm a GFC follower: Identity Seeker and e-mail subscriber

+1 Tweeted:!/SweetNSensible/status/86513974333554688

MAYBERRY said...

Thanks for letting me know about this. I loved the interview.

Meredith said...

I'd love to read this!

meredithfl at gmail dot com

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