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.

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Laura Wiess
Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live, and let live.

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. What’s your best quality?

A. Determination. See above.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. So far, I think it's writing. Well, that and discovering a great stock of patience that I never knew I had.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. I love where I am, so if I added anything it would be hanging out in the shade under the towering weeping willows near the pond with my family and friends, laughing, talking, eating and having a wonderful time.

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