What about some girl talk? Lauren Myracle answers my questions about writing, Internet Messaging, cookies and more! And, whether you’re a teen or tween, you can be sure you’ll find a Lauren Myracle’s book you’ll love.
Warning: the TTYL series are advised for older readers (not tweens), as the themes and language are quite explicit.
Hi Lauren, I’m glad to see you on Veronika Asks! Could you say a few words about yourself to our readers?
Okey-doke. Well, I’m a writer. I write books for tweens and teens and I LOVE IT. The common thread in my books is that they’re all about friendship, in one way or another, because that’s something I’m endlessly fascinated by. My “Internet Series” books are for teens, while my “Winnie” books (ELEVEN and TWELVE) are for the tween set. . .but I find that there’s a lot of overlap between the readerships.
Then, if you could describe yourself with three words…
Hmm. I think I’ll go with…whimsical, sassy (sassy! sassy is so…sassy!), and kind.
You’re Taurus, aren’t you? Those Bulls, they are known for being warmhearted, determined but also very self-indulgent. Are you a typical Bull, Lauren?
Um, that would be a yes, I suppose. Although I need to work on being more self-indulgent. I’m actually quite monkish at times, but then at other times, I indulge, indulge, indulge!
So, now let’s talk a bit about TTYL, TTFN and L8r, g8r. Tell us more about this series.
Oh, they’re about three dear friends–Zoe, Maddie, and Angela–and their ups and downs as they navigate the crazy terrain of high school. And they’re all told in Instant Messages.
Why did you write this series only with IM messages? Isn’t it too difficult?
Difficult? Heck yeah! But awfully fun, too. And for readers, it’s like getting to eavesdrop of the girls’ inner lives, which I think is appealing. Anyway, I’m always up for a challenge!
And then comes Rhymes with Witches. What is it about?
Popularity gone bad
I also read you write a series with two novels already out, Eleven and Twelve. Tell us more! (will there be a Thirteen?)
I love those books! Thanks for asking about them. I think of them as the ttyl books’ little sister. All the same drama–friends, boys, etc.–but just a little…cleaner. And yes! THIRTEEN is in the works!
How did you start writing?
Well, I picked up a pen…just kidding! Um, I always knew I wanted to be a writer, so at some point in my very early twenties, I said to myself basically, “Put up or shut up.” Meaning, do it or don’t–but if you don’t, then you can’t go whining about it!
How do you write (how, where, when)?
WELL. First you should know that I’ve got three kids, which is both delightful and endlessly complicating. So first I get up, get them up, get the boys off to school or camp or whatever, and, three days a week, drop my daughter off at a wonderful caregiver’s house. And then I go STRAIGHT to Starbucks and get busy writing. I write there because 1) the coffee rocks (and just hush, you anti-Starbuckers!); 2) there are no laundry-machine-ish distractions; and 3) it’s just the most efficient way of getting in as much writing time as I can before going back to get my daughter at noon. Then, while my daughter sleeps, I tend to the busywork deets of being a writer, such as answering fan mail and dealing with other correspondence. Although sometimes I fall asleep. I do love taking naps!
Is there a book you wish you’d written?
Oh, heavens. Anything by Flannery O’Connor. And if I’d written To Kill a Mockingbird? I’d be hugging myself constantly and telling myself how brilliant I am!
Which book(s) would you advise for a perfect girly beach read?
Fireworks! It’s an awesome collection of summer love stories. Verrrrrrry fun!
Off-subject, but still: why this passion for cookies?
Because they’re so yummy, of course! MUST BE HOMEMADE. Just FYI.
What do you think about eBooks?
Never read one.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on How to be Bad, a road trip novel, with two other fabulous YA novelists, E. Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski. It is soooo much fun. (Oh, and that’s a way to avoid the loneliness pitfall of writing, too. Co-write a book with a buddy! Or two!) I’m also finishing up Thirteen, which is the sequel to Eleven and Twelve, and I’ve just started a prequel to a book of mine called Rhymes with Witches. Eee-gads!
Now, the Nothing-to-do-with-books question: you’ve found $100 in your pocket (lucky you!), how will you use that money?
Hmm. Something frivolous and fun. I’d probably go to this great store in Old Town called White Balcony and buy silly random things like stone eggs and “Bad Girls” lip balm and gorgeous whimsical journals! (Either that or–um, yeah–give it all to charity…)
Would you like to add something, Lauren?
Nah, I’m good. But thanks.
“Tea or Coffee?”
Saturday evening. Going out or reading a book ? book
Holidays. Beach or Mountains ? beach
Country or City ? country. no, city! I don’t know! Both!
Watching a movie. Comedy or Drama (or something else ?) Comedy
Shy or Easy-going ? both
Serious or Funny ? both
Traveler or not ? traveler
Sporty or not ? sadly not
The Leader or not ? Um…I can be bossy, if that’s what you mean! But it’s always good-hearted…
TV show: Grey’s Anatomy
Movie : Harold and Maude
Book : To Kill a Mockingbird
City : Atlanta
Food : chocolate chip cookie
Music : almost ALL
Favourite place to write: Starbucks
Quote or motto : This is your one life. Use it wisely.
Thank you, Lauren!
You can learn more about Lauren and her novels on her website: http://www.laurenmyracle.com/