Ask the Author: Laura Pohl

What would you like readers to know about you?

My name may not help it, but I’m Brazilian! It’s a vital part of my identity, and it reflects a lot on my writing.

What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?

The Last 8 is about Clover Martinez, a bi/aro girl pilot, who gets stranded when aliens invade planet Earth and she has to fight to survive.

What has been your inspiration for writing it?

I’ve always loved alien invasion movies, and the inspiration for this one came from Independence Day and Attack the Block. I wanted to write something reminiscent of those stories.

What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?

One of my favorite parts is writing the ensemble cast. The scenes between all of them interacting are some of the most fun to write.

What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?

I’ve always read a lot when I was a kid. I didn’t realize that I wanted to write until I was about 15, and I started writing fanfiction. One of the authors who inspired me the most career-wise is Rick Riordan. His work is amazingly funny and he’s always inspired by his readers.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?

Stay focused. The industry is not always kind, and it’s never fast. It takes time to write, to get an agent’s attention, to get published. Stay focused on why you’re writing in the first place—and why you want to tell a story. That will help you get to the finish line.


Laura Pohl is a Brazilian YA author. She likes writing messages in caps lock, quoting Hamilton and obsessing about Star Wars. When not taking pictures of her dog, she can be found curled up with a fantasy or science-fiction book. She makes her home in São Paulo, where she graduated in Literature.

She is the author of THE LAST 8 (Sourcebooks, 2019). When not writing, she likes reading science fiction and fantasy, and enjoys deep discussions about conspiracy theories and alien life. Learn more about her on her website, and make sure to follow her on twitterinstagram, and pinterest.

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