Coffee and Conversation with Marie Lamba

Happy Friday! August is absolutely flying by, which means that our Lucky 13: Make 2013 Your Year Conference is fast approaching. Have you registered yet? No? Then go to our website and get it done! If you’re on the fence about attending, go to Laura’s post Ten Reasons to attend a Writer’s Conference. That will get you to register!

I am so excited to welcome agent, author and (lucky us!) conference faculty member Marie Lamba to the Cyber Cafe today. Marie is an Associate Literary Agent at The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency (, where she represents middle grade and young adult novels, adult fiction and memoir. She seeks works that are fresh, moving and/or hilarious. Marie is also the author of the YA novels What I Meant… (Random House), Over My Head, and Drawn (published in 2012). Her work appears in anthologies, and her articles are in national magazines such as Writer’s Digest and Garden Design. Visit her at


Hello Marie! Now that you’re settled into our comfy cyber chair, let’s get started. First off, what’s your favorite coffeehouse beverage?

A skinny hazelnut latte (but with whipped cream to undo the skinny part).


And your favorite snack?

Hot buttery popcorn.  No, wait.  Dark chocolate!


Yes! Go dark chocolate or go home is my motto! So, what was your favorite book as a child?

Half Magic by Edward Eager


You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)  

Me? Frivolous?  Ha!  I’d hit the clearance racks and really “splurge.”

That’s how I like to shop!

You’ve been locked in a bank vault Twilight Zone style, so you finally have time to read!  Your glasses are fine (whew!) so what’s the first book you crack open?

Can’t choose! AHHHH!

No pressure! We’ll move on. If you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now? 


For one day, time travel is a reality and you can visit any famous deceased author you want.  Who do you pick?

Jane Austen, of course!



Can you imagine the great conversation?  

What’s your favorite quote?

“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” The Lord of the Rings

If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?

Dream huge – never stop!

That is great advice! 

Thanks so much for stopping by, Marie! We’re really looking forward to meeting and hearing more from you at the conference.

Happy witing and illustrating everyone!

About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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5 Responses to Coffee and Conversation with Marie Lamba

  1. Great interview, Susan and Marie! So sad I won’t be able to make the conference (just moved to California). Marie, I was looking forward to meeting you in person!

  2. I love the interview. Alas, I, too will be unable to attend the conference, and from Marie’s answers to the questions I can tell we think alike (popcorn, dark chocolate, Jane Austin, Tolkien quote…) I hope someone will take notes and share them with those of us who’ll find ourselves in some other part of the world at the time of Lucky 13.

    • susanmannix says:

      Hi Vonnie! Wish you could make the conference. Look to our Twitter page during the conference and of course here for a wrap up!

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