Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Meet #TeamDarkSide: Lauren McKellar

Today I'm interviewing my great friend Lauren McKellar in the third of my Pitch Madness Meet Team Dark Side series. Lauren is an amazing writer and editor (look at my side bar for her editor services badge). Lauren and I are part of the Aussie Owned and Read blog team and this is her second year on my Pitch Madness team as a reader. 

So, here's a bit about Lauren! 

What do you write? I write young and new adult contemporary romance fiction.

Where do you get your inspiration from? Gosh, a better question might be where I don’t! I get it from reading amazing books, getting lost in a fabulous movie, from being outside, from being inside, from people, from places, from news and current affairs, and often from my husband. Because he’s my favourite love story.

What are you currently reading? Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher.

Describe your perfect read? Something that makes me feel. I want to care for your well-crafted character—I want to be so invested that I feel their pain and rejoice in their highs.

What are you waiting for someone to write that hasn't been written yet? I don’t know that I could say something hasn’t been written before. I mean, if dinosaur porn really exists, is any specific type of story as yet untouched?

Pitch Madness is all about connecting writers with agents by finding gems in the slush - what stories are you hoping to see? I’m hoping to see some strong writing, some fresh ideas and some stories that show growth through pain. I’d love to see something in suspense, too, or a mystery in the YA/NA genre that had real depth behind it.

If you could have dinner with three authors, who would they be? John Marsden, because he was the first author who just made me fall in love with words, Jane Austen, because of everything, and Colleen Hoover, as I’d like to hug her face off.

What book do you wish you had written? I don’t know that I wish I had written one specific book; I think it’s nice to just hope everything I do write gets better and better.

What's your favourite movie adaption of a book? I’ve really enjoyed The Hunger Games book two adaptation. For me, I almost found it more riveting than the read itself.

Rapid Fire Questions:
Yellow, Purple, Green? Yellow
Kombi, Porsche, Bike? Bike
Marshmallow, Liquorice, Cupcake? Cupcake

Unicorn, Gremlin or Cat? UNICORN.

You can find Lauren here and here and here!  

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