I am so lucky to have gotten the chance recently to ask Lauren Oliver, author of the new book Delirium, a few questions…seriously…I was so excited to talk to her! I *may* have embarrassed myself with my enthusiasm…but then again, what’s new about that? LOL. It’s not often that I fall in love with a YA book. Delirium simply blew me away. I loved it!
I hear buzz about your books being optioned for movies. Explain what that means to everyone?
That is true! When a book is optioned, it actually means that the producer is buying the right to buy it at a future date. Weird, huh? So basically, it means that there is a chance that it will be made into a movie, but a small chance. But I’m keeping my fingers crossed! I recently read the screenplay for Before I Fall and it made me tear up!
Since the ending of Delirium was left slightly open, will you be writing a sequel?
Yes! Two sequels, in fact. Delirium is actually part of a trilogy. Its follow-up, PANDEMONIUM, will be out in February 2012, and the final book, REQUIEM, comes out in 2013.
Yeah, I’m jumping up and down right now. I’m beyond stoked there will be more!
Where did you get your inspiration for Delirium?
The idea for DELIRIUM came from an essay I read by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in which he wrote that all great books were about love or death. The next day I was thinking about that quote–particularly about how and in what form a modern love story could be told–while I was on the treadmill at the gym. I was simultaneously watching a news story about a flu outbreak that had everyone freaking out about the possibility of a pandemic, and I was kind of marvelling that people so easily go into panics about reports of these diseases, and at some point the two trains of thought–love, and disease–just sort of combined in my head.
You have written two YA novels…what’s next for you?
My first middle-grade book, LIESL & PO, comes out in Fall 2011. And after that…more books! I’m working on a bunch of new projects right now. We’ll see whether any of them take off.
How has the success of Before I Fall and the impending success of Delirium changed your outlook on being an author?
(First of all, because I’m very superstitious, I should knock on wood that DELIRIUM will be successful! You can’t see me, but I just knocked on my dining room table!) Hmm. That’s a toughie. Well, I mean, when Before I Fall was bought by HarperCollins I kind of thought of it as a one-off—as this tremendously good piece of fortune that would never again be repeated. Now it seems slightly more sustainable…although trust me, I still have my days of insecurity and worry!
Have you thought about writing outside the YA genre? Why or why not?
Oh yeah, of course. As I mentioned above, I have a middle-grade book coming out this fall. And I’m dabbling around in some adult stuff. I believe that in order to grow as a writer, I have to push myself outside my comfort zone, so I’m sure I’ll experiment in a lot of different genres over the course of my career.
Who do you read? What’s on your must have pile?
Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Ian McEwan; Jeffrey Eugenides; Virginia Woolf; Henry James; Roald Dahl; Phillip Pullman; JK Rowling; Stephen King; Agatha Christie.
What would you like to say to your fans?
You are all so pretty and nice and THANK YOU VERY MUCH!! Go out and read DELIRIUM and tweet me what you think @OliverBooks
Thank you so much to Lauren for allowing me to ask her some questions…I’m sure she is hammered with requests right now. If you haven’t read Delirium, you really need to. It is masterfully written and speaks volumes of the length a government is willing to go to ensure compliancy. Truly one of the best young adult books Ive read!