As one of The Divining Wand’s most prolific authors, Lauren Baratz-Logsted (The Education of Bet YA, Crazy Beautiful YA, Sisters 8 series Book 5: Marcia’s Madness) was first revealed here on March 31, 2010. Since that was almost a year ago — or four published books later –, it felt definitely time to catch up with this writer and her most recent YA novel The Twin’s Daughter, and middle grade addition The Sisters Eight Book 6: Petal’s Problems. Both were released in early Fall 2010 and received this critical praise:
For The Twin’s Daughter — “Identical twin sisters. Murder. Mistaken identity. Secret tunnel. OF COURSE it’s a Favorite Book Read in 2010.”—Library School Journal
The Sisters Eight Book 6: Petal’s Problems — “Thrills, suspense and hijinks to satisfy adventure-seeking young readers.”– Kirkus Readers
The Divining Wand has scheduled a joint presentation/review of Lauren’s latest releases for Monday, February 7, 2011 but, in the meantime, let’s become reacquainted with the author through her “official” bio:
LAUREN BARATZ-LOGSTED is the author of more than a dozen books for adults and young readers, including The Twin’s Daughter, Crazy Beautiful, and the Sisters 8 series, which she cowrites with her husband and daughter.
And now for the further revealing of Lauren:
Q: What would you choose as the theme song of your life?
A: “My Way” by Frank Sinatra.
Q: Possible pseudonym?
A: JK Rowling. The royalties would be better.
Q: Name three “bests” of being a published author.
A: 1) The actual writing. 2) Having my daughter be proud of me. 3) Fan mail, particularly from little kids.
Q: Favorite book release season of the year?
A: Fall because then I can at least delude myself for a while that “this one might be The Big One.”
Q: If given the opportunity, which reality show would you be on?
A: So You Think You Can Dance? The thing is, I can’t dance, at least not in any way that’s suitable for public consumption, but Nigel and the other judges seem lighter at heart than judges on other shows so I’m sure I’d fit right in.
Q: Favorite childhood fairy tale?
Q: What U.S. city would you like to visit that you haven’t been to yet?
A: Atlanta, Georgia.
Q: Your reward after a day of writing?
A: “General Hospital” from 3-4pm and sometimes wine.
Q: What 3 personal qualities are LEAST important to you?
A: Success, wealth, fashion sense.
Q: An author quote that inspires you?
A: “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who only dream at night.” – Edgar Allan Poe
Q: Where do you like to read?
Q: Book or ebook reader?
A; Strictly book, but you never know – sometimes even I change!
Q: Growing up, who was your teen idol?
A: The authors who wrote the books I loved. I was also a big Rolling Stones fan but looking at Mick and Keith now, I’m thinking it’s just as well things didn’t work out for us romantically.
Q: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
A: I’d make myself taller, but only for a day. At 4′11 I’ve always been curious how the other half lives.
Q: Must love dogs and/or cats?
A: Cats. The Sisters 8 features eight cats. I am most definitely a cat person. Have I adequately conveyed that yet?
Q: Which author – past or present – would you have chosen as a mentor?
A: If we’re fantasizing, why not ask for Shakespeare? If I had to select a living author, it’d be Arturo Perez-Reverte. He writes literary thrillers, and sometimes the scenes are violent, but there’s so much sheer joy and intelligence that readers can glimpse in the sensibility behind his books.
Q: What book did you fake reading?
A: HA! I used to fake reading all the time when I was very young, to compete with my older brother and parents who were all very prolific readers, but it’s been decades since I faked reading anything.
Q: What is your favorite scent?
Q: What is your favorite movie adaptation of a novel?
A: To Kill a Mockingbird.
Q: Two books you always give or recommend, knowing they’ll be loved?
A: Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez; When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead.
Q: What are five of your favorite things?
A: Since you said “things” I’m going to assume you mean that literally so I’ll leave people off my list. Hmm…five of my favorites… Good books, good wine, TV, anything with shrimp, and my furry blanket on the couch in the living room.
In addition to being an imaginative and talented author, Lauren is extremely knowledgeable of the book world in general. To keep up with her isights, follow the author on Twitter, and become a friend on Facebook!
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