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.

Books by this Author

Me Since You
Ordinary Beauty
How It Ends
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live, and let live.

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.

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. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. They change with my mood but today I'm going to say Anna Begins by Counting Crows, Caravan by Van Morrison (The Last Waltz version), I've Got a Feeling by The Beatles, When Jesus Left Birmingham by John Mellencamp, and Your Love is Mine by Corinne Bailey Rae. Oh, and My Morning Song, and Wiser Time by The Black Crowes.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'm good with who I am.