HLB:  Last night while lounging in my bedroom (Full disclosure: It’s actually a closet with a dog bed on the floor) I finished reading an absolutely fantastic book – Adam Gidwitz’s A Tale Dark and Grimm. Tell me, what’s on your nightstand?
Lauren Oliver: I’m reading a few books right now—A Game of Thrones (sooo good!); The Magicians, by Lev Grossman; Floors, by Patrick Carman; and a murder mystery by Georges Simenon. It is not uncommon for me to read several books simultaneously.
HLB:  Squirrely eyed rats, ratty eyed squirrels, and schnoodles (schnauzer poodle crossbreed) top my list of greatest fears. While you appear rather brave, surely you must be afraid of something. Do tell!
Lauren Oliver: Ha. I’m definitely afraid of failure. I’m also kind of afraid of bananas. Ewww! I HATE them. I am definitely afraid of mornings without coffee.
HLB:  French or English? Bulldogs that is…
Lauren Oliver: English! (Sorry, Frenchies.)
HLB: Thank you very much, Miss Oliver!