Laura Wiess

Laura Wiess is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and Leftovers. Originally from Milltown, New Jersey, she traded bumper-to-bumper traffic, excellent pizza, and summer days down the shore for scenic roads, bears, no pizza delivery, and the irresistible allure of an old stone house surrounded by forests in Pennsylvania’s Endless Mountains Region. Email Laura Wiess at laura@laurawiess.com or visit http://www.laurawiess.com for more information.

Books by this Author

Me Since You
Ordinary Beauty
How It Ends
Leftovers
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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live, and let live.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. When I was younger I wanted to work in the baby animal section of the zoo -- lion and tiger cubs, specifically -- but I think I would have overdosed on cuteness, so it's just as well that I never pursued it. Of jobs I've actually held to support my writing, I'd say zooming around all summer driving a lunchtruck. Excellent job: great money, being out in the sun with the music blasting, selling food and meeting great people. It was wonderful.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. They change with my mood but today I'm going to say Anna Begins by Counting Crows, Caravan by Van Morrison (The Last Waltz version), I've Got a Feeling by The Beatles, When Jesus Left Birmingham by John Mellencamp, and Your Love is Mine by Corinne Bailey Rae. Oh, and My Morning Song, and Wiser Time by The Black Crowes.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Food. (Oh, come on. You must have expected that.) More specific? Pasta, pickles, cheese, good bread. Or sicilian pizza, extra sauce, extra chese. Or vegetables. (Good God, I just can't do it. I simply cannot pick just one of ANYTHING.)

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. It's a tie between indecision, mandated conformity and judging on appearance rather than substance. All three drive me mad.

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