All Access

15 Minutes with Lauren Oliver

We chat with the author of the Delirium trilogy about her nightly terrors, her writing influences, and her message to Candy Girls.
special thanks to National Book Store

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver was in Manila recently to launch the second book in the Delirium trilogy, Pandemonium. We were lucky enough to sit down with her for a few minutes to ask a few questions about her writing process and inspiration. Read on to find out 5 new things about the author.

  1. What dreams may come. Lauren says she gets vivid nightmares every night. When we asked for an example, she shares, "like having somebody cut open my body and stitch it back together while I'm watching." Super creepy, but she's quick to say, "But I also sometimes have great book ideas!"
  2.     
  3. The beginnings of a book. She says that she starts writing 15,000 words without an outline to figure out if a story will live. "I probably have on my computer a graveyard of 15, 000 words of books that will never be completed," she divulges. But when a story does live, she works on a detailed outline—she makes sure that there's a plot, that something is happening—for weeks before getting back to writing.
  4.     
  5. Books and news inspire her. When asked about her inspiration for Delirium, she shares that it's actually a combination of two things: reading books and watching the news. " I was reading a book by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. He said that all great books were about love and death, or death rather, and I wanted to write about love. The next day at the gym, I saw a news report over the swine flu panic epidemic. It stuck that people can easily be driven into a panic over these perceived diseases by the media and the government, and the two ideas just kind of combined in my head. The idea of love and love as a disease that we needed to be cured from."
  6.     
  7. On getting over writer's block. "I get over it through a combination of discipline and the fact that I know if I just write one sentence then the second sentence will be easier and the third sentence will be easier, and you know it doesn't have to be good the first time around either."
  8.     
  9. Her message to all of you Candy Girls. "Hi! I hope you check out my books and I think that you'll love them and make sure that you let me know on the web and on Twitter.

Lauren Oliver's books are available in National Book Store, Powerbooks, and Bestsellers branches.

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
CONTINUE READING BELOW
Recommended Videos

your REACTION
CUTE

0

HEART

0

OMG

0

YAY

0

/////////////////////////////
COMMENTS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION BELOW!
Comments
VIEW more ARTICLES ABOUT
About the author
Melanie Santiago
Intern, Contributing Writer
Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by candymag.com and share the stories she comes across.
VIEW OTHER ARTICLES FROM Melanie

Candy Bulletin

Welcome!
What're you up to today? Submit your OOTD, fanfic, essay, school project, org event, a pic of your latest hobby, or anything you want to be posted on the Candy Bulletin page!
Reminder: Posts will be subject for approval by the Candy team, and may be shared on our online channels. Plagiarism and copyright infringement are strictly prohibited. Only original work must be submitted.
Hi, you!
*1st 15 seconds will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
or
Upload Video
*For the direct video upload option, only the first 15 seconds of the video will be uploaded
*File size limit (up to 60MB)
Photo
Video
SoundCloud

By submitting your post, you agree to Candymag's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Thank you for submitting your post.
You will be notified via email once your entry has been approved by the Candy team.

Submitted posts will be subject to the approval of the Candy Team.

A few reminders:

  1. Candy Bulletin is an online platform where users can upload original work, personal passion projects, and other forms of self-expression, for the purpose of sharing with the community.
  2. You can upload photos of your curated OOTDs, 15-second videos, essays, poems, and more, as long as the submitted work is original, follows copyright laws, and free of any nudity, pornography, or profanity.
  3. You are encouraged to comment on one another's posts, as long as everyone remains respectful.
Submit Another Post
latest on CandyMag.com
 
x
Share
From self-love to daily life reminders, each one has a unique story to tell.
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
 
x
Share
LOAD MORE ARTICLES
Bulletin
A community page where you can share your feels and show your skills! Learn more here
your REACTION
Pick a sticker to view stories by reaction!
/////////////////////////////
CONNECT WITH US