Lauren Baratz-Logsted is a writer for all ages, just take a look at her Amazon book pages. However you may know her best for the critically acclaimed 2009 YA novel, Crazy Beautiful, or the SISTERS 8 series for youngsters. In fact this series adds yet another addition with the upcoming release of Book 5: Marcia’s Madness on May 3, 2010.
The Divining Wand is scheduled to present/review Marcia’s Madness on Monday, May 3rd but, in the meantime, “meet” Lauren by reading her “official” bio which is quite extensive until it ends at 2006:
I was an independent bookseller and buyer for 11 years before deciding to take a chance on myself as a novelist. While trying to sell my books, I worked variously as a Publishers Weekly reviewer, a freelance editor, a sort-of librarian, and a window washer. My first novel, The Thin Pink Line, about a woman who fakes an entire pregnancy, was published by Red Dress Ink in 2003 as their own first-ever hardcover. They’ve since published two more of my books, Crossing The Line (a sequel) and A Little Change Of Face. In September they’ll publish a fourth: How Nancy Drew Saved My Life, a comic gothic that’s equal parts Nancy Drew, Jane Eyre and Chick-Lit. 2006 will also see the publication of two other of my novels: Vertigo, a literary novel set in the Victorian era with erotic and suspense undertones, from Bantam in October; and Angel’s Choice, an earnest YA about teen pregnancy from Simon & Schuster in December. I’m also a contributor to the Jane Austen fiction/nonfiction anthology Flirting With Pride & Prejudice and editor/contributor of the anthology This IS Chick-Lit, due out from BenBella Books in the fall. I live in Danbury, CT, with my wonderful husband Greg and my equally wonderful daughter Jackie.
It’s time for an update and what could be better than this revealing one:
Q: How would you describe your life in 8 words?
A: I am the luckiest person in the world.
Q: What is your motto or maxim?
A: The only person who can ever really take you out of the game is you.
Q: How would you describe perfect happiness?
A: Doing just about anything with my ten-year-old daughter and coauthor Jackie.
Q: What’s your greatest fear?
A: I never used to fear death but now my greatest fear would be dying before my daughter’s old enough to no longer need me. Thanks for depressing me!
Q: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
A: New York City. Thanks for cheering me up!
Q: With whom in history do you most identify?
A: I’m convinced that Princess Diana and I were switched at birth.
Q: Which living person do you most admire?
A: Hillary Clinton. I know she’s a polarizing figure for many people, but I intensely admire her resilience.
Q: What are your most overused words or phrases?
A: I have a problem with the word “that,” such that you could say I am that-dependent.
Q: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A: Singing well would be nice, also the ability to make money like a human mint.
Q: What is your greatest achievement?
A: Raising a happy child.
Q: What’s your greatest flaw?
A: Just one??? I’m hard on myself. And sometimes I’m not hard enough on myself. Do you see my point?
Q: What’s your best quality?
Q: What do you regret most?
A: Spending too much of my life worrying about losing weight. I think if women stopped expending so much time and mental energy on that, we could take over the world.
Q: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A: A cat. Spending my days sleeping in the sun and my nights running around the house like a maniac sounds curiously appealing. Also, except for cat-haters, everyone would love me and admire my fur.
Q: What trait is most noticeable about you?
A: My nose. It enters the room before I do.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A: I refuse to pick one. Jo March, Jane Eyre, Phineas from A Separate Peace and Jay Gatsby, swimming pool notwithstanding.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
A: Iago, but that could be just because I like saying “Iago.”
Q: If you could meet any athlete, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I’d thank him for all the joy he gave me watching him shoot in sky hook after sky hook.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Intolerant people.
Q: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
Q: What’s your fantasy profession?
A: Outside of writing? Mayor of Danbury.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
A: Honor, humor, resilience. Do you sense a theme here?
Q: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
A: Having recently discovered shrimp pizza, I’m going with that.
Q: What are your 5 favorite songs?
A: “Lonely No More,” Rob Thomas
“Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner,” Warren Zevon
“The Way You Look Tonight,” Frank Sinatra
“The Numa Numa Song,” O-Zone
“Listen to Your Heart,” DHT
Ask me again tomorrow and this might change.
Q: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
A: Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Memoirs of Cleopatra, Margaret George
No need to ask me again tomorrow. These won’t change.
Book Giveaway: The Divining Wand is giving away two copies of Between Friends in a random drawing of all comments left on this post. The deadline is tonight at 7:00 p.m. EDT with the winners to be announced here in tomorrow’s post. If you enter, please return tomorrow to possibly claim your book.