#BIR2010 – Book Giveaway: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver + Interview (Open Internationally)

Welcome to author Lauren Oliver!

Lauren Oliver comes from a family of writers and so has always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between “chortling” and “chuckling,” is normal. She has always been an avid reader.

She attended the University of Chicago, where she continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. After college, she attended the MFA program at NYU and worked briefly as the world’s worst editorial assistant, and only marginally better assistant editor, at a major publishing house in New York. Her major career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is her first published novel.

She is deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as she has never been particularly good at anything else.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Hmm. Neither, unless it was a fictionalized version of the past! Then I would go to, like, Regency England.

If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
Easy–my boyfriend, my sister, and three best friends!

If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
A cell phone to call for help, sunscreen, and a really, really long book. like Proust’s Remembrances of Things Past.

What is one book everyone should read?
To Kill a Mockingbird.

If you were a superhero what would your name be?
The Magnificent Multi-Tasker.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
The power of flight.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Chocolate fudge brownie, with chocolate sauce. Mmmm, chocolate…

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Peanut butter toast! I eat it every morning.

Is there anything you need in order to write? (ie Chocolate, quiet, music)
Nope. I write on subways, in restaurants, on planes…I wrote a whole novel on my blackberry!

Night owl or early bird?
Definitely night owl. I am NOT happy in the mornings.

One food you would never eat?
Bananas. Ew!

Pet Peeves?

Skittles or M&Ms?
See my answer about chocolate, above…

If you could be one of the Greek Gods, which would it be, male or female, doesn’t matter and why?
Athena was pretty badass. But I’d probably go for Zeus, since he’s pretty much top dog.

How do you react to a bad review?
I try not to put too much stock in any reviews, positive or negative. It’s important not to become too dependent on other people’s points of view. And of course, it’s impossible to write a book that will please everybody!

If you could be a paranormal creature, what would you choose to be?
A gremlin. Ha ha, just kidding. Probably a vampire, because apparently then people would think I was hot!

What is your favorite book that has been made into a movie?
The Harry Potter books.

What do you do when you are in-between books?
Stress, cry, throw temper tantrums. That’s why I try to be working on something all the time.

Where is your favorite place to read/write?
My house, or a warm cafe near my house, preferably when it’s rainy and dreary outside.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
Because if you don’t like it, you can write to tell me so, and then we can talk about it!

If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world.. which would it be?
Probably the world of Harry Potter, minus Lord Voldemort.

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?
Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

What is your favorite quote?
There are too many to list but…maybe “Aim for truth and beauty will follow. Aim for beauty, and truth will not necessarily follow.”–Chuck Wachtel

What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in guilt. 🙂

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
I also don’t believe in being embarrassed! I’m a huge fan of Agatha Christie. I’ve read all her books, like, seven times each.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
I went out to dinner with friends, and then we went dancing until far, far too late. But honestly, I think I’m still celebrating!

Before I Fall
by Lauren Oliver
Released March 2, 2010
Published by Harper Collins

What if you had only one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life?

Samantha Kingston has it all—looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12th should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it’s her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. In fact, she re-lives the last day of her life seven times, until she realizes that by making even the slightest changes, she may hold more power than she had ever imagined.

Giveaway Deatils:
One copy of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
Giveaway is open Internationally
Last day to enter is 12/16/10.
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