In MY INVENTED LIFE, Roz and Eva are sisters, close friends, and fierce rivals. Roz fantasizes about snagging the lead in the school play and sexy skate god Bryan as her boyfriend. Sadly a few obstacles stand between her and her dreams. For one, Eva is the more talented actress. And Bryan happens to be Eva’s boyfriend. But is Eva having a secret love affair with a girl? Enquiring minds need to know.
Roz prides herself on random acts of insanity. In one such act, she invents a girlfriend of her own to encourage Eva to open up. The plan backfires, and Roz finds herself neck deep in her invented life. When Roz meets a mercurial boy with a big problem, she begins to understand the complex feelings beneath the labels. And she gets a second chance to earn Eva’s trust.
MY INVENTED LIFE is set in a small California high school during rehearsals for a Shakespeare comedy.
About Lauren Bjorkman:
I grew up on a sailboat, sharing the tiny forecastle with my sister and the sail bags. We are still friends. Visiting exotic lands continues to be a big part of my life. I once learned how to make bread in Yemen Bedouin style. I’ve played Hacky Sack with children in Thailand. My passion for travel is second only to my love for books because take me to every world imaginable. I live in Taos, New Mexico with my husband, two sons, a cat that thinks he’s a dog, and another cat that thinks he’s a rabbit.
Thai food or Chinese?
That's a hard choice. Crispy duck jook...mmmm...but I can smell the coconut steam rising from a bowl of green curry. I'll have to go Thai. But wait! I forgot about dimsum. Ack!
Advice for writers in 5 words or less.
To thine ownself be true.
What are you reading right now?
Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris. A middle school student lent it to me after I lent her Parrotfish.
In writing, are you a plotter or a plunger?
A plunger. Unequivocally. Which means a lot of revisions, btw!
What’s the last song you listened to?
Avril Lavingne--My Happy Ending.
Dogs or cats?
I enjoy other people's dogs. I have cats.
Favorite movie snack?
M&M's (one at a time).
What’s your cure for the blues?
Call a friend. Watch a sad movie (it works!). Eat some high quality chocolate.
Camping or four-star hotel?
Sleeping under the stars is an amazing experience. But if it's raining, and I need a shower, I'll go for the hotel.
Where did you go on your first date?
A Sadie Hawkins dance (girl ask boy) in 7th grade.
Ocean or lake?
The ocean (on a calm day), snorkeling in a turquoise lagoon.
1968 Baja Bug. It was painted International Orange, and we called him Sredni Vashtar. It lived up to his name.
Do you speak a foreign language?
Spanish, Chinese, and French--I can manage a limited conversation in each, if the other person is very patient.
Ever wish you’d studied a different subject in college?
Kind of. I loved my major, International Agricultural Development, but secretly wanted to be an English major. Then again, I don't regret what I studied.
Besides babysitting, delivering newspapers, watering gardens, stocking clothes, tutoring, and waitressing? My first "real" job was as a Soil Conservationist.
Spring or fall?
Spring. The smell of green!
Early bird or night owl?
Early bird, although I like to sleep in sometimes, too. :D
Where would you like to travel that you haven’t yet?
France, Vietnam, Iceland, Ecuador.
Chocolate chip cookies or snickerdoodles?
I have a hard time choosing when it comes to food. Can I just have one of each?
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Give us all your money, and we'll make promises we can't keep!
What’s your favorite childhood Halloween costume?
Casper the Lonely Ghost vs. The Drunken Sailor...hmmm.
What books are on your night-stand right now?
Shadowed Summer by Saundra Mitchell
Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies
Waiting to Score by J.E. MacLeod
The Brothers Karamazov by Dostoevsky
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Do the Right Thing by Spike Lee
A couple of Sun magazines
I better go clean it off!!!
If someone made you sing karaoke – you couldn’t refuse! – what would you sing?
Can't Buy Me Love by the Beatles
Thanks for indulging our curiosity, Lauren!