If you didn't know (and you really should because it is an awesome event) YALLFest is a great YA Author Festival held in Charleston, South Carolina hosted by Blue Bicycle Books. Still a baby, with 2013 being it's third year, YALLFest brings some of the BIGGEST names in YA books together for one day of ridiculous amazing fun. To get people excited, they have picked bloggers across the internet to host interviews with the authors attending the festival. I am one such lucky blogger!
Check out the rockstar author that will be gracing us with her presence at the festival down below and keep checking back as the countdown to YALLFest keeps going!
What is the hardest line to write- the first or the last?
Honestly, neither. It’s just every single line in between that feels impossible.
Best writing tip you ever received?
Aim for truth and beauty will follow.
Tell us 5 random facts about yourself.
I have fourteen tattoos. I can fall asleep any time, any place. I have a phobia of worms. I hate fruit. I wrote my first novel largely on my Blackberry.
Where's your favorite place to write?
In my sunroom in upstate New York.
What are you working on now?
Two different middle grade books and an untitled young adult novel that my agent described as “the most disturbing thing he’s ever read.” Oops!
What is your favorite genre to write in? To read?
I love realistic books that include just a hint of fantasy.
Books by Lauren Oliver
Lauren graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Chicago and subsequently received her MFA degree in fiction at New York University. She is the New York Times and internationally bestselling author of Before I Fall, and the Delirium series, both of which have been optioned for film. She is also the author of two books for younger readers, Liesl and Po, which was named a finalist in the 2012 E.B. White Read Aloud Awards, and The Spindlers. Before founding Paper Lantern Lit, she worked as an Assistant Editor in a young adult division of Penguin books. She has also worked as a freelance editor on projects ranging from best-selling nonfiction etiquette guides to commercial teen novels. She loves to read, run in Prospect Park, buy shoes, and work with fabulous new authors on unstoppable book ideas.