Saturday, February 21, 2009

Interview With Laurie Faria Stolarz!

Our interview today is with Laurie Faria Stolarz who has written A LOT of YA books. Laurie's latest book is Deadly Little Secrets. You can find out more at Laurie's website :

To begin with, can you tell us a bit about your latest book, Deadly Little Secrets?

Up until three months ago, everything about sixteen-year-old Camelia's life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades; an okay relationship with her parents; and a pretty cool part-time job at an art studio downtown. But when Ben, the mysterious new guy, starts junior year at her high school, her life becomes far from ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend's accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She's reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead she's inexplicably drawn to him, and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she’s in danger, and that he can help, but she’s not so sure she can trust him. She knows he's hiding something, and he's not the only one with a secret.

To view the book trailer:
To listen to a recording of me reading the first chapter:

When did you first realise you wanted to be a writer?

As a child, I was making up stories before I could even write them down. I’d tell them to whomever was willing to listen, often passing them off as truth to elicit more of a dramatic effect. Then, when I could write, I’d create scripts for my dolls and make them act out the storylines. Telling stories – and then later writing them down – has always been a part of who I am.

What do you think makes a good story?

I think a story has the potential to be a good if it has the ability to make the reader feel something, whether that be anger, hatred, love, grief, joy, or something else.

How long does it take you to write each book?

About a year, from initial idea to final draft.

Who is your favourite character you've created?

Stacey Brown from my Blue is for Nightmares Series. She’s been with me the longest and so now, five books later, I feel a special bond with her. Plus, I love how she’s so relatable. There are extraordinary circumstances going on all around her – trying to save her friends from the likes of stalkers – and yet she still experiences the same things that teens go through every day, i.e. heartbreak, problems with parents, drama with friends, academics at school, etc., etc.
Camelia Hammond from my current Touch Series would have to be a close second favorite. I love how we get to see her extrasensory powers develop. With Stacey those powers are already pretty strong from the very first book. But for Camelia we get to see them unfold over time.

What book are you currently reading?

As Simple as Snow by Gregory Galloway.

Do you hear from your readers much?

Yes, I get approximately 75 – 100 emails from readers per week. They all want to know when the next Touch Series or the next Blue is for Nightmares Series book is coming out. They also ask me for advice about writing.

And finally, what other great things can we look forward to from you in the future?

Deadly Little Lies, the second book in the Touch Series, will be out in December. Also, Black is for Beginnings, the fifth book in my bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series, will be out in the fall.

Thankyou so much Laurie for agreeing to be interviewed on Look At That Book! You can find all of Laurie Faria Stolarz's books here on amazon!


  1. Thanks for the interview, LisaMay and Laurie! :)

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  4. This book has been on my Goodreads to-read shelf for a while. I was not paying attention to the release date every time I looked for it in the bookstore! Haha! I have to wait even longer than I thought to read this, I guess. But damn. Awesome cover!
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