Lauren Spieller

How did you become a writer?

I was working a job I didn't love, and I found myself reading YA novels for the first time. I decided to try my hand at one, and discovered that I absolutely loved it!

Name your writing influences (writers, books, teachers, etc.).

I'm influenced by almost everything I watch, read, or see, but I'll give a special shout out to YA authors Corey Ann Haydu, Morgan Matson, and Maggie Stiefvater.

When and where do you write? 

I like to write in the morning in my home office. My brain is quiet in those early hours, and I find it easier to think and create.

What are you working on now? 

My second novel, She's The Worst, which is coming out in Fall 2019 from Simon & Schuster. 

Have you ever suffered from writer’s block?

All the time. I find that it's usually because I'm trying to force characters to do something that isn't organic.

What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?

To read everything, everything, everything. 

What’s your advice to new writers?

Don't be afraid to take risks, or to put yourself on the page. Who you are is what will make your writing special.

Lauren Spieller is a literary agent and author who lives in New York with her husband. When she isn’t writing, she can be found drinking lattes, pining for every dog she sees, or visiting her native California. Your Destination is on the Left is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @laurenspieller and Instagram @laurenspieller.