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August 31, 2010

Lauren Baratz-Logsted: 10 Random Things about Me

Posted by jordana

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Lauren Baratz-Logsted, the author of THE TWINS DAUGHTER and numerous other novels, tells the deepest, darkest secrets she can muster such as, Is she a salt person...or a sugar person?  Is she tall, or is she less-than-tall? How much less-than-tall, you ask? Read on!

1. People, whether in person or online, always express shock at learning my height.

I'm 4'11. I like to think people's reactions to that knowledge is because I look and write tall. But who knows? Maybe people just need glasses.

2. I write in a wide variety of genres for a wide variety of age groups.

Unless a book is a part of a series, I hardly ever do the same kind of thing twice. So if you don't love one of my books? Who knows? You may love another!

3. I have three goals for my daughter.


I want her to be happy, to not have any kind of eating disorder, and to be a good citizen of the world.


4. I find it embarrassing to talk about myself.


And yet here I am, talking about me me me. Go figure.


5. If I wasn't a writer, which I consider to be the best job ever, I'd want to be...


Mayor of Danbury.

6. The three books I'm most proud of having written are...

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Vertigo (for adults), The Sisters 8 series for young readers which is co-written with my husband and daughter Greg and Jackie Logsted, and THE TWIN'S DAUGHTER.


7. In addition to writing novels I also write...


The "Writer in Residence" column for which also includes "The Disrespectful Interviewer" series in which I conduct some of the weirdest interviews ever with prominent authors like bestselling YA writers Lisa McMahon and A.S. King. Archives can be found here.


8. I used to be a sugar person but... I'm a salt person. See? I can change!

9. When I was in high school I was...


...unclassifiable. There were jocks, hoods, theatre people, art people etc. And then there was me. If I had to do it all over again, I'd remain unclassifiable. Nobody puts Baby in the corner and nobody puts me in a box!


10. If I had to pick one word to describe myself - outside of unclassifiable - that word would be...


...resilient. As a writer and mother and human being, resilience can be a very good thing. And now that I've finished with my "10 Things Anout Me" I wish I could go on for 10 more and then 

maybe 10 more after that. Who knew I could enjoy talking about me me me so much much much? Thank you for having me. If I'm ever privileged enough to be invited back, I promise to try and control myself better.

--- Lauren Baratz-Logsted