October 9th, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Lauren Strasnick!

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HER AND ME AND YOU

First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.

Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred–and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred–and something about Adina–that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world, no matter the consequences.

Jenn: Why was it important to you to write this book?

Lauren: Oh gosh, tough question! I don’t know if I’ve ever really asked myself why this book was an important book to write. I think it’s just the book I needed/wanted to write at the time. My stories usually come from a character idea or a momentary obsession/rumination… and while I was writing HER AND ME AND YOU, I was pondering creepy twins and claustrophobic relationships!

Jenn: Where is this book set, and what does the setting mean to you?

Lauren: H&M&Y is set in a fictional Connecticut town called Meadow Marsh. I grew up in Connecticut and chose to create a fake town so I didn’t have stay true to any specific place.

Jenn: My May release, ENDLESS SUMMER, is the sequel to THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, and it’s the first sequel I’ve written. How do you feel about sequels and series versus stand-alone novels as a writer, and as a reader?

Lauren: It’s an interesting question, because I don’t write series fiction, and I don’t read much of it either – but I adore series television. I think it’s a fantastic way to explore story and character. Sort of strange that I don’t read more series books (although I am reading, and loving, THE HUNGER GAMES right now!). As for why I don’t write it – my brain just doesn’t go there. Once I’ve completed a story, I feel done with it. But who knows, that could change. Ten years ago I wrote only short fiction and couldn’t imagine writing a novel!

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Lauren: I just read a really great YA from 2000 called THE FOOL REVERSED by Susan Whitcher. I loved Jandy Nelson’s THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE. Also read recently: A FORTUNATE AGE by Joanna Smith Rakoff, ONE DAY by David Nicholls, and the new Nick Hornby, JULIET, NAKED.

Jenn: When readers tell you they’ve read and loved all your books and they want recommendations for similar books to read now, what do you say?

Lauren: Oh! I haven’t gotten that question yet. But a fellow writer wrote to me the other day and mentioned she thought Courtney Summers and I had similar writing sensibilities. So perhaps I’d recommend Courtney’s books! I love Courtney’s voice. It’s cool and effortless.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Lauren: Another messy relationship book! This one’s a mystery. DAKOTA WEBB IS MISSING (Simon Pulse/S&S), slated for Spring 2012.

Thanks to Lauren for visiting! You can find out more about her books by visiting her adorable web site at laurenstrasnick.com.