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I’m Harper K.

Other beings mentioned here include my husband Adam, and our dog Gus. We live in Atlanta, as do my parents, my sister, and some of my friends.

I’m 28. My day job involves putting together language tests. My favorite band is Destroyer. My favorite movie is West Side Story. My favorite novel is The Sound and the Fury. The two songs battling it out for the #1 spot on my iTunes Top 25 Most Played are “Rubies,” by Destroyer, and “The Ladies Who Lunch,” from Stephen Sondheim’s Company.

It’s always tempting to say something like, “I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember,” but that wouldn’t be true. I remember exactly where I was when I started writing: the white table in my bedroom at the little ranch-style house my family and I lived in until I was 9. My first short story, “The Turtle,” was pencil-printed neatly into a Care Bear Cousins spiral notebook. I’ve still got it. I’m a relentlessly nostalgic person with a long memory. It’s a curse, sometimes.

When I was ten I switched to long-form fiction, writing madcap stories about the army of characters my sister and I created. I wrote about ten or twelve novels before the blasted Internet sidetracked me into ten years of obsessive online journaling (what the cool kids call blogging. Clearly, I’m not one of the cool kids). National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) forced me back into novel writing in 2001, and I’ve been going at it since. My current project is The Center of Gravity, a 65,000-word upper YA novel about a 17-year-old conspiracy theorist who explores the circumstances surrounding his father’s suicide in the months before high school graduation. I’ve been working on it since the fall of 2006, and finally have a goal to finish my current revision and put the story to rest before the summer of 2008 is out.

Some of my favorite YA novels include Peter Cameron’s Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You, John Green’s An Abundance of Katherines, Sara Zarr’s Sweethearts, Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I’m also a big fan of Markus Zusak’s work, though his books seems to transcend age groups.

I majored in English (and Psychology) at college, so of course I’ve got plenty of non-YA novels I love: The Sound and the Fury, Catch-22, Mrs. Dalloway, Slaughterhouse-Five. I’m a nut about John Updike’s Rabbit series, as well as Richard Ford’s novels about Frank Bascombe.



1. jon - August 24, 2008

Hi Lauren,

Just read your post on italics. But aren’t they in part according to the in house style manual you use? (As are commas, in the extreme?) Would you italicize products names, e.g., “I ate all the Twizzlers”?

Also, assuming you are one of the millions who love Murakami, what did you make of the New York Times Book review which basically trashed his prose?


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