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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My Life in 8 Words

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live, and let live.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Ha! I'm pretty sure it would depend on who you asked. I'm going to choose determination, as once I sink my teeth into something I want it takes an act of God to make me drop it again.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A.

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.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "But why?" and "I've been thinking..."

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I can't think of anyone specific, and if I did meet someone I'm not sure I would tell them anything, so much as I would want to listen, try to see who they really were and understand why they did whatever they did.

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