Laurie Devore was born and raised in small town South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University. She now lives and works in Chicago, where she misses the charms and contradictions of the south every day. In her spare time, she reluctantly runs marathons, watches too much TV, and works a “y’all” into every conversation.
Laurie’s debut novel, HOW TO BREAK A BOY (Macmillan, January 31, 2017) is a YA Contemporary novel. Olivia Clayton and her best friend have always run their small town of Buckley, South Carolina. But when the death of Olivia’s older brother sends her into a spiral and she loses it all, she’s left to navigate a trail of revenge and broken promises, a fake relationship with an arrogant golden boy, and the dangerous best friend she betrayed.
The two or three items she needs to have with her when she sits down to write: Pasta, pasta, and more pasta.
The literary character she would most like to meet: Probably Stannis Baratheon but I doubt he would feel the same.
Her favorite childhood book: Anything by Lurlene McDaniel. Bring on the angst and dramz.
Her hobbies when not writing/reading: Sports! I love college football (especially my Clemson Tigers!) as well as heading to Wrigley on the weekend to catch a Cubs game. I like to play sports on my own as well – I’m a reigning Chicago Advertising Co-Ed Softball League All Star <–that’s actually the official title
Her favorite Muppet and why: Oscar the Grouch because I too am very grouchy and would not be seen as out of place living in a trash can 😉
The craziest thing she did when she was 17: Skipped class. A lot.
If she could travel anywhere in the world, where she’d go: This is probably cheating, but I never did the obligatory backpacking through Europe in high school/college, so my dream is to live that lifestyle and grunge through the cities of Europe for a month.
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