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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. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. Well, I smile a lot. I'm usually a pretty happy person and I like findng the humor in things.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Determination. See above.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. A powerful singing voice. Chaka Khan, Melissa Etheridge and Janis Joplin have always knocked me out.

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.



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