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And What Lauren Did After That…


…she sat down for a telephone interview with the Boston Herald. What were you expecting? Robbed a bank? It’s super Tuesday not fantasy Tuesday! Without further ado,

Herald: There are so many references to the TV industry in the book (including a character who is an actor on a series called “Boston General”). How do you find inspiration for these?

Lauren: Being in the business for years, you see so many things. After spending several years in L.A., they start to feel normal, and then you’ll come home for a weekend and you’ll tell your parents what happened and they think what any normal person would think: It’s crazy! But you become immune to it. What I did is I started to take notes and I’m so glad I did because I use them all the time. … I would sometimes sit down with my editor and she would say, “I don’t know if this is believable,” and I would say, “But it really happened!”

Herald: As with any celebrity-written novel, there’s always talk that it wasn’t you who wrote it. How do you respond to that?

Lauren: You have to take it as it comes. I take it as a compliment. When they tell you they didn’t think you could do it, you prove you can. … I really wanted to get younger girls to read. I remember never wanting to read growing up, but there were a few (books) that I could really get lost in. If you can ever get a young person to pick up a book and read it, that’s great.

Herald: What can your fans expect from the tour?

Lauren: I love the signings. I think that’s one of the most fun parts — meeting the people that are gonna read it! It’s such a great opportunity to sign books and talk with all the girls.

Herald: What else is coming up in your life?

Lauren: I’m working on the second book in the “Fame Game” series and that’s taking up most of my time. I’m also still working on my two lines: I’m designing spring right now for Paper Crown and I’m also working with a brand called Blue Avocado and we’re coming out with grocery, lunch and beauty bags, and they’re all made from reclaimed plastic. It’s been a really great experience with them.

When you have a month like mine you try not to look too far ahead, but I broke up this tour so I’m gone for a few weeks and then I’m home on the weekends. And then I’m gonna get to go to Coachella (music festival). I don’t know what I’m going to wear though — I have to shop online while I’m on tour!

 Feeling a little sad and empty now you’ve finished reading this? Well, here is another interview Lauren conducted with Novel Novice. Get comfy in your chair and prepare to delve into Lauren’s thoughts again,

NN: We all know that your L.A. Candy and now The Fame Game series — though fictional — were inspired at least in part by your own experiences with reality TV, namely MTV’s “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills.” In some way, do you view the books as a sort of Hollywood cautionary tale?Lauren: I don’t think so. I think it’s more of a story that just gives people a sneak peek behind the curtains of Hollywood.

NN: A lot of readers have likened your L.A. Candy character, Jane Roberts, to a fictionalized version of yourself. Did you feel any freedom getting away from that character and focusing on Madison for The Fame Game?

Lauren: I don’t think so. I think it has the same backdrop as the first series, and all these characters live in the same world. But I had told Jane Roberts’ story, so it was time to tell a new one. And it was really fun because I got to tell it from a completely different point of view.

NN: What was the most fun part of exploring Madison’s character separate from the L.A. Candy storyline?

Lauren: I think it was just getting into the head of someone who is just shameless with their own publicity and image.

NN: A lot of your former co-stars have gone on to careers in film and television, but you’ve gone the other direction — focusing on fashion and your writing. What made you go in that direction?

Lauren: As far as fashion, that’s something that I always wanted to do since I was young, so that was just a career path that I’d been on for so long. Writing was something that I had always really enjoyed doing, but growing up I had this idea in my head that I had to pick one. So the fact that I got to do both and still do, has been really great.

NN: When you’re done with The Fame Game series, do you have any thoughts on exploring a new book or series separate from that world?

Lauren: I don’t know, to be honest, since I just started doing it again. It’s a little overwhelming to think of going beyond that. One of the nice things about these books is it’s just easier to write about a world you’re more familiar with. You write what you know. I think this is just, as far as filling in little details, and just knowing little things you would only know if you were there, it’s just easier that way.

NN: A lot of authors have certain “required” things they need when they’re writing. My friend Suzanne needs candy corn. I know Kami Garcia needs her diet Coke. Do you have any writing must-haves?

Lauren: That’s so funny … Not really, I mean, maybe caffeine. I usually, when I’m working on the books, it’s in my bed, late at night. But I don’t really have any strange habits that I like to do.

You can read the full interview here.

Don’t say we don’t spoil you!

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