Lauren Oliver FAQ Part 2

Continuing on from her last question session , Lauren Oliver has released part 2 of her most frequently asked questions:

What books are coming up for you?
My second book for middle-grade readers, THE SPINDLERS, will be released in October of this year. In the spring of 2013, the last book in my Delirium series, Requiem, comes out; and after that…who knows! I’m working on a teen standalone right now but it’s in its very early stages.
How do you come up with names for your characters?
With difficulty! I keep lists of names I like, street names, and place names on my computer. But sometimes I just mix-and-match the names of people I know!
How old were you when you started writing?
I started writing pretty much as soon as I was old enough to hold a pen and read on my own. My first stories were spin-offs of the books I loved, like CS Lewis and the Redwall series.
How is Hana’s name pronounced?
I pronounce it Hah-na (the way a British person might!), but most people say Hana to rhyme with the last syllable of banana, which is fine too. She’s used to it!
How do you overcome obstacles/writers block?
Discipline, discipline, discipline. I’ve trained myself to write every day, no matter what. And remember: the first drafts don’t have to be good, or even readable!