Lauren Olivers (født 1982) foreldre er begge litteraturprofessorer. Selv har hun studert litteratur og filosofi ved University of Chicago, og 'creative writing' ved New York University. Hun jobbet senere i et stort amerikansk forlag. I 2010 brakdebuterte hun med ungdomsromanen “Before I Fall” – en bok hun etter sigende skal ha skrevet på Blackberrien sin da hun tok T-banen fram og tilbake til jobb. Boka fant umiddelbart veien til bestselgerlistene, filmrettigheter er solgt, og den er til nå blitt oversatt til trettito språk. I 2011 kom den dystopiske ”Delirium”; første bok i en planlagt trilogi, som New York Times kalte "another deft blend of realism and fantasy."
Lauren Oliver er 28 år gammel og bor i Brooklyn
BEFORE I FALL var Barnes and Noble " best teen books of the year 2010 ".
BEFORE I FALL has been selected as the Goodreads Best Young Adult Novel 2010!
BEFORE I FALL is (so far) a Top 100 Amazon Book of the Year, a Romantic Times Best YA 2010 nominee, a PW Best Children's Books 2010, and an ABC New Voices Children's Pick.
We just found out that BEFORE I FALL (which was recently published by Carlsen in Germany) was nominated for the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis prize in the category of the Youth People’s Prize!
I come from a family of writers and so have always (mistakenly) believed that spending hours in front of the computer every day, mulling over the difference between "chortling" and "chuckling," is normal. I've always been an avid reader. As a child, after finishing a book, I would continue to write a sequel for its characters, because I did not want to have to give them up. Somehow, this did not get me ridiculed (too badly) at school, and I managed to make real friends as well as imaginary ones.
I continued writing, eventually making the switch to my own stories and characters (with varying degrees of success). I also took ballet, drew things, painted things, made collages, sang, acted, experimented with cooking (um, burning) gourmet meals, and in general tried to spend my time being as creative and useless as possible. It worked. I made it through high school and college at the University of Chicago, where I continued to be as impractical as possible by majoring in philosophy and literature. I was inadvertently aided and abetted in my mission by my older sister, Lizzie, who pursued a Ph.D. in philosophy and cognitive science. This eventually led our parents to resign themselves to the fact that their children would never be lawyers, doctors, or even gainfully employed.
After college, I 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. My primary career contributions during this time were flouting the corporate dress code at every possible turn and repeatedly breaking the printer. Before I Fall is my first published novel. I am deeply grateful for the chance to continue writing, as I have never been particularly good at anything else.
I live in Brooklyn, the happiest place on earth. I (still) love to cook, am slightly obsessive about my kitchen, drink way too much coffee and eat far too much ketchup, even on things like toast and tomatoes.
I spend a lot of time on trains, airplanes, subways, and buses, and write constantly—in notebooks, on napkins, using my phone. I have ten tattoos (and counting—sorry, Mom), a wonderful family, and the world's best best friends, many of whom I have known for ten years or longer. One of my favorite quotes is: "I will write this down/and then I will not be alone again." -Dar Williams
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Real Life Inspiration
I grew up in a small, affluent town very similar to the one depicted in Before I Fall. Many details of the book have their origins in real things and places. For example, my best friend Laura used to drive me to school every day, and we always stopped at Dunkin Donuts for large hazelnut coffees, no sugar, extra cream. We did used to go to an all-night, 24/7 deli for oily egg n' cheeses after parties (yum), and there really was a Cupid Day at my high school, when people exchanged Valograms and carried around big bouquets of flowers.
More than anything, my friendships defined my high school experience, particularly my relationships with a small core of girls who have remained my best friends to this day. And that, too, lies at the heart and core of the inspiration for Before I Fall: the way that the people closest to us can wound, damage, liberate, and ultimately redeem us.