A few months ago, I had the opportunity to attend my first author event! New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver’s visit to the Mission Viejo Library helped me look at writing with a newer and fresher perspective.
I loved hearing how Lauren Oliver got her inspiration. She had many factors and ideas that popped in her brain and inspired her to write something. She also related to me and many other individuals in the story time room by talking about how she figured out she wanted to be an author. She gave us many helpful techniques that she performed in her childhood. They helped her with her writing skills and the multiple genres that she can now write.
Fans arrived as early as one hour ahead of the event’s start time; a very exciting environment in the room. Lauren Oliver talked to the audience about how she’s been writing ever since she was a child. She loved to read, and she learned that technique from her parents, who are literature professors. Her father, especially, was a big influence in her writing methods.
Lauren has been writing every day since she was nine years old. She first started to compose long novels in her freshman year of high school. In her senior year of college, she completed her first accomplishment of a long novel. She currently has an MFA in creative writing from NYU. After her years at NYU, Lauren started to work at Penguin Books, a major publishing company.
She got the inspiration for her hit book series, Delirium, when she took a trip to the gym. She was thinking about the swine flu epidemic going around and knew that she wanted to write her next novel about love. So, she created the series Delirium, which is about people living in a world in which love itself is a disease.
Question & Answer portion
After speaking, Lauren Oliver opened up the conversation and took questions from the audience.
Q: What are some of your middle grade books?
A: “Some of my middle grade books are The Spindlers and Liesl and Po.”
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: “Philip Pullman, Agatha Christie, and J.K. Rowling.”
Q: How do you choose the names for your characters?
A: “Baby-naming websites are really helpful, as well as keeping a handy list just in case.”
Q: As a pilot episode of a TV show based on Delirium is being produced, will it be hard for you to witness some changes in plot?
A: “For me, it is not too hard to experience that, unless it is a major change such as genre or the entire timeline. I feel that it is harder for the fans.”
Q: What do you do if you get writer’s block?
A: “I do not believe in this phrase because, in any other profession, you cannot afford to just have a “block” during one day. So, I call it a challenge, not a Writer’s Block.”
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring teen writers?
A: “Read a lot. Write a lot.”
-Nirmeet B., 9th grade