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The Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted

March 31, 2010 By: larramiefg Category: Profiles

LAURENLauren 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?
A: Resilience.

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?
A: Reading.

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.

Whether on not Lauren changes her mind on music, books, or anything else, she’s a fascinating author to follow on Twitter and friend on Facebook!

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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.

3 Comments to “The Revealing of Lauren Baratz-Logsted”


  1. I enjoy these interviews so much that one of these days I might just copy the questions and interview myself just to see what my answers would be!

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  2. I also wanted to add: I think it’s so wonderful that Lauren is able to write across age groups, especially for younger readers….I have such fond memories of the books I read as a young girl, how they could simply capture you and wrap you up in their story, that I truly admire any author who writes for this age group.

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  3. I love your motto! Whenever I am struggling with my work – or anything for that matter – I try to remember to look at my role in it….how am I preventing or helping myself succeed?

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