Today we are beyond excited to welcome Nina LaCour to the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! You guys know her from the heart-wrenchingly lovely Hold Still and the dreamy and original The Disenchantments, so you already know her new novel Everything Leads to You is going to be one of the best things you’ll read all year. It’s romantic and fascinating and mysterious and you’ll definitely find yourself passing along your copy to every friend you have until the pages are worn and the spine cracks open to your favorite passages automatically. But we all know this already (it’s Nina LaCour!), so before you get on with reading her newest novel, stay and hang out with her for a sec. It’s like hanging out with your best friend, except she writes amazing books for you.
Name: Nina LaCour
Novel: Everything Leads to You
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? Virginia Woolf. Her novels move me and make me think differently about humanity. I also met my wife in a class on Woolf, so there’s a sentimental aspect as well.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? That it’s about artistic creation and falling in love, and the way the two intersect.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? Leo Gursky, a kind old man with a generous soul from Nicole Krauss’s novel The History of Love. From the first sentence of the book, I was overcome by affection for him. I think he’d have a lot to teach me, and I would do my best to make him feel less lonely.
Where do you write? I am a nomadic writer these days, but I have a dream of a tiny trailer-turned-office. It would be very spare, with only a desk and a chair and, hopefully, pretty scenery all around it.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? Harriet Tubman.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I’m a sporadic tweeter. And the funniest thing I’ve tweeted would undoubtedly be a retweet. I can’t say that I am all that funny in 140 characters, but I know a good tweet when I see one.
What is your favorite season? It used to be fall, but now, without question, it’s spring.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? I’d go to Madrid, where my brother lives, to share a hug and a visit over tapas.
Do you have any writing rituals? I listen to one song on repeat. It helps get me in a specific emotional space for writing and helps me focus.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? It’s very simple: some peaceful and beautiful outdoor place with the people I love.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? The Dirty Projectors with my wife and brother at Bimbo’s in San Francisco.
What are you currently working on? Everything Leads to You is such an upbeat novel in many ways, and now I’m returning to my Hold Still roots, writing about a girl who is grieving. But even though it’s a grief novel, it covers a lot of new territory for me. I’m so excited about it, but I’m not talking about it much yet!
Thanks, Nina! We can’t wait to read whatever you write next!
Time is a flat circle.
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