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 or visit for more information.

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Laura Wiess
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live, and let live.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I don't think I admire one person so much as I admire traits like passion, determination, kindness, honor and humor.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I never have just one favorite of anything so it's a tie between Auntie Mame, Anne Shirley and Moll Flanders.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Determination. See above.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?


Perfection (to me) means the end of growth or evolution -- what is perfect is done, complete -- and so it's never been something I've consciously reached for. I love experiencing a thousand constantly shifting shades of happiness.

Close to perfect happiness though, would be spring, with rich sunshine, fresh breezes and life blooming all around me. Spring is exciting, another chance to stretch and reach and begin anew. All things seem possible in spring. It makes me positively giddy.