Monday, April 12, 2010

UPCOMING INTERVIEW: Lauren Myracle - New York Times bestselling author of Internet Girls trilogy—ttyl, ttfn, and l8r, g8r

Lauren Myracle is a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program writing for children and young adults. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Internet Girls trilogy—ttyl, ttfn (Ta-Ta for Now), and l8r, g8r (Later Gator) which was the first novel ever to be written entirely in instant messages.

For computer-savvy YA readers, the title TTLY focuses on instant messaging; "TTYL" is e-mail shorthand for "Talk to you later." In the novel tenth graders Angela, Zoe, and Maddie keep up with one another's adolescent ups and downs via IM's, and the novel is composed entirely of keyboarding dialogue, complete with typesetting characters such as smiley faces and other e-mail shorthand.

Ms. Myracle has written many novels: horror novels Bliss and Rhymes with Witches, and the coming-of-age trilogy, Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.

Ms. Myracle considers writing for young people to be her life’s work, and with over a million copies of her books in print, she feels amazingly lucky to be able to reach such a large audience. Her realistic portrayal of the issues middle school and high school students deal with, however, brings Lauren negative attention as well as positive.

Her first novel, Kissing Kate, was selected an ALA Best Books for Young Adults for the year 2004. It was named by Booklist as one of the "Top Ten Youth Romances" of the year, as well as one of the "Top Ten Books by New Writers". Her middle-grade novel, Eleven, came out 2004, along with Twelve, which came out in 2007. Myracle published The Fashion Disaster that Changed My Life in 2005. Thirteen was released in March 2008.

Her novel Rhymes with Witches, was nominated for Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association. Bliss, which came out in 2008, is its prequel.

Ms Myracle has a book written entitled How to Be Bad with author E. Lockhart and Sarah Mlynowski. She also teamed up with four other favorite teen authors Stephanie Myers “Twilight”, Meg Cabot “Princess Diaries”, Kim Harrison & Michelle Jaffe) produce a book “Prom Nights From Hell” which is about proms gone supernaturally, horribly wrong. While regular girls are so concerned about shoes matching with their purse, the girls in these stories are worried about crossbows and vampires, zombie dates who've been dead for weeks, and a devil in a red dress who causes chaos by snapping high heels and breaking up couples.

Her latest novel ‘Luv Ya Bunches’ book one is about four elementary school girls who have little in common, but bond over the fact that they’re all named after flowers. Luv Ya Bunches is the first installment of a four-book series is now available in bookstores and one line. ‘Luv Ya Bunches: Violet in Bloom’ book two in the series will be out later this year.

Lauren Myracle was born on May 15, 1969 in Brevard, North Carolina, and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She earned her BA in English and Psychology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and worked for some time as a middle-school teacher in the US and Japan. She later earned an MA in English from Colorado State University and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA program in writing for children and young adults.

She currently resides in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her husband and their children. Most of Ms. Myracle's novels take place in Atlanta, Georgia.

To learn more about Lauren Myracle, please visit her website

To purchase her books, please visit AMAZON and Barnes & Noble

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