About the book:
Roz and Eva are sisters, close friends, and fierce rivals. Roz fantasizes about snagging the lead in the school play and sexy skate god Bryan as her boyfriend. Sadly a few obstacles stand between her and her dreams. For one, Eva is the more talented actress. And Bryan happens to be Eva’s boyfriend. But is Eva having a secret love affair with a girl? Enquiring minds need to know.
Roz prides herself on random acts of insanity. In one such act, she invents a girlfriend of her own to encourage Eva to open up. The plan backfires, and Roz finds herself neck deep in her invented life. When Roz meets a mercurial boy with a big problem, she begins to understand the complex feelings beneath the labels. And she gets a second chance to earn Eva’s trust.
My Invented Life is set in a small California high school during rehearsals for a Shakespeare comedy.
An Interview with Lauren Bjorkman:
Me: What were your favorite books (or types of books) as a teen, and what was it about them that appealed to you? What, on the other hand, would make you put a book down?
Lauren: I have an eclectic taste in reading--from romance to the classics, from funny to dark. As a teen, I loved both Jack London and Barbara Cartland. (I wonder if their names have been paired like this before). And I have a thing for Saki. He has a delicious and wicked sense of humor.
Back then, I finished every book I started. It was a sickness, really. I've learned to value my time now. If I don't care what happens to the main character, or if the tone is just too cynical or depressing, I put down the book.
Me: Have your reading tastes stayed the same, or have you discovered new loves and peeves (and if so, what are they)?
Lauren: My tastes have changed some over time. I read less commercial fiction than I used to. I'm always discovering new authors. And the current YA is phenomenal. Nothing like it existed when I was a teen.
Me: What was your favorite part of writing MY INVENTED LIFE, and what was the hardest?
Lauren: I tend to fall in love with my characters. The best part is when one of my characters evolves in a way I hadn't planned on. And the worst--saying good-bye at the end. I (secretly) (ish) hope to write a sequel some day.
Me: Did you draw on any people/places/experiences from your life while writing?
Lauren: Not much, directly. The setting is based on a small town near UC Davis, where I went to college. Little things from my life seeped in, as I wrote. The story itself is in no way autobiographical, but the themes are.
Me: What was the most exciting moment during the publishing process? The scariest?
Lauren: When my agent called to offer representation! I'd been waiting years for that savory moment. And the scariest time--the delay between then and the offer from Holt.
Me: What are you working on now?
Lauren: A YA novel about an advice blog gone awry, friendship, Mini Coopers, fake IDs, unplanned pregnancies, and fortune cookies.
Hope you enjoyed getting to know Lauren! More interviews to come next month. :)