All About Lauren
My guest today is Lauren Myracle (which is not pronounced “miracle” like I’ve heard many people say but more like my-ruh-cull). You might know her best as the lady that wrote the very fun TTYL, TTFN, and L8R, G8R (in IMs!). Or you might know her as the author with the coolest hair. She’s got three cats, which is one more than me, but I bet they are just as insane as mine are. She’s also written a bunch of other books, including the really cute Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen which feature a really great female lead character named Winnie.
You can learn more about Lauren at her official website: laurenmyracle.com
The Latest: Bliss
Bliss is something really different. Some people describe it as a horror novel (though Lauren doesn’t and I don’t know that I would either). It does have some scary moments, but it is more of a story of the loss of innocence. Bliss grew up on a commune and now she has been thrust into the elite Crestview Academy. She really is an innocent and wants to make friends, but her friendship with a troubled girl puts Bliss (and anyone she is kind to) in serious danger.
Here’s Lauren’s favorite quote (to date) about Bliss, from the lovely Bookshelves of Doom review site: “I started this book without knowing that to start Bliss is to immediately create the need to finish it. I was hooked from page one, sentence one… A creepy, tense, thrilling, hair-raising, goosebump-inducing, yicky and sometimes downright twisted ghost story.” Go, Bliss!
Here’s my question for Lauren…
You wrote How to Be Bad along with two other awesome authors: E. Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski. What was it like to work on a group project, especially with those two?
And her answer…
Fabulous, wonderful, and more FUN than any other writing project I’ve ever embarked on. Oh, and also more work. Three brains writing together = not a third of the work apiece; three brains writing together = three times the work. I hated group projects in college. HATED them, probably because:
a) I was incredibly socially awkward;
b) the peeps I was assigned to work with never seemed very…smart (soooooooo obnoxious to say, I know);
c) it just seemed like a big ol’ waste of time.
But working with Emily and Sarah (on purpose, mind you! we CHOSE to do this!) was exhilarating. Like, I’d write my chaps knowing that Sarah and Emily would read them almost immediately, which meant almost immediate feedback. So awesome! And not only that, but feedback from authors I admire so much. I learned all sorts of things about writing from them. We had to be on our best game with each other, if that makes sense…if nothing else because we wanted to wow each other and make each other laugh.
The VERY best thing about writing HOW TO BE BAD with Emily and Sarah, however, was…Emily and Sarah. We wrote a book; we grew a friendship. I love them both dearly and feel so lucky to have my life entertwined with theirs.
And Lauren’s question for me…
Kimberly. Babe. *Loved* Sucks to Be Me. Seeing as how you’re a vampire gal, what in the world do you make of the insanity surrounding the release of BREAKING DAWN? And I must know: would Mina be friends with Bella????
And my answer…
I have to admit that I haven’t read past the second book, mostly because I stopped reading vampire novels after I found out my book was going to be published (I actually wrote Sucks to Be Me in 2005 before Twilight came out that October). So I wasn’t standing in line for Breaking Dawn or anything… However, I think it’s really cool, all the craziness. Any time people (of any age) get that excited about reading is a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I’ve read lots about the controversy over the book (people hated it, people loved it, etc. etc.) and all I can say is – hey, whether you liked it or not, it excited you and enraptured you and emotionally impacted you. That’s a good thing. Go reading!
And would Mina be friends with Bella? Hmmmmmmm. I don’t know. Somehow I don’t think they’d really run in the same circle and they definitely don’t have the same sense of humor. I think they’d probably nod to each other in the hallways, but they wouldn’t be buddy-buddy.
Intrigued by the description of Bliss above? Well, you’re in luck. I’ve got an ARC copy to give away of this awesome, very intense book. And all you gotta do is visit Lauren’s website and then email me at kim @ kimberlypauley.com with the subject line “Lauren Rocks!” by September 4th and answer this question…what is Lauren’s favorite guilty breakfast (Hint: look on the Q&A page of Lauren’s website)?
If you popped in here directly, be sure to check out the main contest info post for all the nitty-gritty, including how to win a hugely awesome grand prize pack of books and stuff!