Thursday, December 17, 2009

Interview with Lauren Baratz-Logsted

OK, I'm posting this up in November, so I honestly don't know what day I had the baby. (Edited by Rhonda--as you know, she had the baby last week. YAY!)

Anyway, I'm on "maternity leave" from Fictionistas, as you probably know by now, so please welcome the fabulous Lauren Baratz-Logsted, multi-published author of books for adults, teens, and kids.

AB: Welcome, Lauren, and thanks for doing this interview.

LBL: I'm just happy if I can help out. Congratulations!

AB: Thanks! So, tell us something about yourself.

LBL: Hmm, that's rather a vague question... I'm short, I like to shoot pool, and I spend most of my life either writing or reading. Do I sound interesting yet?

AB: LOL. Tell us about CRAZY BEAUTIFUL, your most recent YA release.

LBL: The YA novel CRAZY BEAUTIFUL is a contemporary re-visioning of Beauty & the Beast, told in he-said/she-said fashion, about a boy with hooks for hands and a gorgeous girl who meet on their first day at a new school.

AB: How did you get the inspiration for it?

LBL: I'd just seen Beauty & the Beast on Broadway and I got to thinking about how of all the Disney-fied fairy tales it's the one that translates best to stage and screen. I wondered why that should be and decided it's because it's the only one where the male is more than mere window dressing, there to make the female look good. So I set out to tell my own story about a male who, like the Beast, is the architect of his own tragic condition and is now in need of redemption.

AB: Sounds cool. And now that I'm keeping crazy hours with a newborn, I'm on the search for new material for my to-be-read pile. I'll be sure to add it! What authors do you read?

LBL: So many! It's easier to talk about some of my favorite books of the past year. Favorite adult literary fiction: LITTLE BEE, Chris Cleave. Favorite commercial adult fiction: THE CASTAWAYS, Elin Hilderbrand. Favorite YA fiction: FREEZE FRAME, Heidi Ayarbe.

AB: Who is your favorite character (from your own books or any other books out there)?

LBL: It's impossible to pick just one. I've always loved Phineas from A SEPARATE PIECE, Gatsby from that book with his name in the title, Jane Eyre from you-know-what. If I had to pick a favorite from my own books, right now it'd probably be Lucius Wolfe from CRAZY BEAUTIFUL.

AB: What five things are always in your purse?

LBL: Wallet, keys, bank slips (I never remember to throw them out), movie stubs (I usually go with my daughter and can't bear to throw them out - they're memories!), lipstick (my lips get so chapped in the winter, I'd look like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" if I didn't occasionally remember to slap some on).

AB: What music are you currently listening to?

LBL: None. It's earlly in the morning and I live in a condo. My neighbors would hate me if I started blaring music right now.

AB: Tell us about your pets (if any).

LBL: Awwww! One item of makeup you can't live without.

LBL: See last item in answer to question 6. No, wait a second! Eyebrow pencil! Without eyebrow pencil I'd have no eyebrows which would be even worse than having lips like Linda Blair in "The Exorcist."

AB: Worst high school memory.

LBL: Oh, you're not going to trap me with *that* one!

AB: If you could go back in time and take to TeenLauren, what would you tell her?

LBL: Finally! An easy question! I'd tell mini-me: "Don't hurry Time. Don't always be rushing to grow older so you can hit the next landmark: driver's license, legal drinking etc. Enjoy where you are now and be present in the moment. You'll be old soon enough."

AB: What are you working on next?

LBL: THE EDUCATION OF BET is my next YA novel, due out next July. This one's set in Victorian England and is about a 16-year-old girl who impersonates a boy in order to get a proper education. Oh, and the fifth volume in THE SISTERS 8 series for young readers, which I created with my novelist husband Greg Logsted and our nine-year-old daughter Jackie, is due out in the spring. The new one's called MARCIA'S MADNESS.


  1. Amanda Brice10:51 AM

    Great interview! Thanks for being here, Lauren!

  2. This was great! Thanks so much for your time, Lauren. I am definitely picking this up!!

  3. YAY, it was awesome having you here, Lauren!!

  4. Oh...that book looks amazing! Going to put it on my TBR right now.

  5. Hi :)
    Congratulations to Lauren on her baby!
    Thank you for the interview.
    Merry Christmas,

  6. Love the concept...very Edward Scissorhands-ish, except obviously with hooks. I'll have to check this one out. Thanks for the great interview!