Lauren Kate, author of Fallen, Torment and Passion, answers Six Sharp Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Lauren Kate

author of Fallen, Torment and now, Passion

Six Sharp Questions:

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1. Congratulations, you have a new book. What is it about and what does it mean to you?

Passion is an integrated prequel in the Fallen series, which means it picks up right where Torment (the second book) left off, but then looks back across history at all of Luce and Daniel’s past love affairs. It’s an answer questions book, a catching juggling balls book. It’s been the most challenging book to write so far, but also the most rewarding. Click here to pre-order your copy…

(BBGuru: The publisher’s synopsis – Continue reading

The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate

An irresistibly glamorous and intriguing novel from the author of the international bestseller FALLEN.

Lauren Kate’s first novel, THE BETRAYAL OF NATALIE HARGROVE, features the most ruthlessly ambitious heroine since Lady Macbeth. Natalie is utterly determined to cement her position at the top of the high school social ladder by becoming prom queen. When it looks like an interfering ex-boyfriend might get in her way, she devises a little prank to humiliate him.

But when the prank goes devastatingly wrong, Natalie starts to lose control of her life. Caught in a web of dark secrets, shame and abuse of power, it’s not guilt that eventually defeats Natalie. It’s fate: the only thing she can’t control . . .

For those new to Lauren Kate you may like to read her answers to my Ten Terrifying Questions – click here

Other books by Lauren Kate:

Fallen is the first in Lauren Kate’s series of dark, romantic novels featuring 17 year old Lucinda and Daniel, her doomed angel lover. What if the person you were meant to be with could never be yours? 17-year-old Lucinda falls in love with a gorgeous, intelligent boy, Daniel, at her new school, the grim, foreboding Sword & Cross …only to find out that Daniel is a fallen angel, and that they have spent lifetimes finding and losing one another as good & evil forces plot to keep them apart. Get ready to fall…

Torment: A sensational return for fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love, Lucinda, in this fabulous sequel to FALLEN.

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for? In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives.

Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future … and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything. What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened … what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

Dark Matter by Michelle Paver

I suppose it is no surprise in this age of global marketing that books for young people are consistently topping the bestseller charts. Harry Potter made his first appearance in 1997 and within a couple of years the world would collectively  stand still on the day of the release of the next installment. By the time Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series got going, it seemed like merchandising the brand was Crescendo 9781847387202finessed to a new level. Now you can’t breathe in a bookshop without inhaling the heady scent of teen vampire breath.

It all makes fertile ground for the marketers. You can hear them ticking off the boxes. Black glossy cover – check. Contrast  colour rose/blood drop/lace – check. Heady wilful youth – check. Unresolved sexual tension – check. Ancient fear applied to ordinary life – check. Now what’s missing? Oh yes, the vampire/werewolf/faery (never fairy)/fallen angel/werecat.We’re good to go!

But the formula certainly does work. We just can’t get enough of Linger, of Torment, of Crescendo. So much so that some authors, who already reign supreme in their genres, are crossing over to get a piece of the action. Kathy Reichs will be releasing Virals in November. Tara Moss likewise, with The Blood Countess arriving just in time for Halloween.

Michelle Paver, by contrast, is moving from writing for young people, to writing for adults. Paver has a dedicated following among the under sixteens with her Chronicles of Ancient Darkness series. Like the very best of authors for that set, she certainly isn’t off limits to those a good deal older. The tale of Torak and his stone age world of tribal hunters is completely compelling, probably because Paver absolutely loves what she does and she puts her whole self into it. In fact, I recently  heard her described Wolf Brotherrather amusingly as a method author, in reference to her penchant for living her research completely. For Wolf  Brother for example, she spent months in the forests of north-eastern Finland, sleeping on reindeer skins in traditional shelters, eating elk heart, forest berries and spruce resin, learning how to make clothing from reindeer hides, delving into forest beliefs and customs, practising blowing birch bark horns and marvelling over the sight of the Aurora Borealis. For her latest book, Dark Matter, she immersed herself in Spitsvergen (Svalbard) and Longyearbyen, which are in the northern most reaches of Norway, way inside the Arctic Circle.

I don’t know why Paver is drawn to such cold and remote locations but all that time in the dark has done wonders for her story telling ability. (By contrast, during my many months spent doing research work in Norway, I made sure I was well and truly gone by mid autumn, which probably explains why I am dark matterwriting blogs and she is writing finely crafted novels).

In Dark Matter she presents us with a ghost story of sorts. It is set in (fictitious) Gruhuken in 1937 where three English scientists are preparing to over-winter in a completely isolated bay, abandoned some generations ago by a motley collection of miners and trappers. But there is someone else there, or something, something malevolent. And then three are reduced to two, two to one, and then the sun disappears below the horizon and then….

I was advised not to read Dark Matter alone, and not to read it late at night. I didn’t follow that advice but I probably should have. In my mind, I am still there alone in the freezing hut, with a paraffin light,  blankets tacked over the windows so I  am not tempted to look out, no hint of dawn for months,  waiting for Dark Matter.

What is it? What does it want? Why is it angry with me?

Paver has written a seriously good, very original,  genuinely creepy story and for that, we must say mange takk.*

(*Norwegian for many thanks)

Torment by Lauren Kate (A Fallen Novel)

Torment: A sensational return for fallen angel Daniel and his mortal love, Lucinda, in this fabulous sequel to FALLEN.

How many lives do you need to live before you find someone worth dying for?

In the aftermath of what happened at Sword & Cross, Luce has been hidden away by her cursed angelic boyfriend, Daniel, in a new school filled with Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel promises she will be safe here, protected from those who would kill her. At the school Luce discovers what the Shadows that have followed her all her life mean – and how to manipulate them to see into her other lives.

Yet the more Luce learns about herself, the more she realizes that the past is her only key to unlocking her future … and that Daniel hasn’t told her everything.

What if his version of the past isn’t actually the way things happened … what if Luce was really meant to be with someone else?

In March Lauren Kate Answered our Ten Terrifying Questions – here’s what she had to say about Torment: Continue reading

Lauren Kate Answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru Asks

Lauren Kate

author of

Fallen

(& coming soon - Torment)

Ten Terrifying Questions

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1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?

I was born in Dayton, Ohio, but moved to Dallas, Texas when I was two. I grew up in Dallas (where my family still lives, so it’s technically “home” to me). When I was eighteen, I moved to Atlanta, Georgia to go to Emory University. Emory is not far from Savannah (where Fallen is set). Since then, I’ve lived in New York City, Paris, a farm in Northern California, and Los Angeles (where I live now).

2. What did you want to be when you were twelve, eighteen and thirty? And why?

When I was twelve, I wanted to be a ballerina. I have twenty years of formal ballet training, but I gave it up after college when I was broke and living in New York and couldn’t afford lessons anymore. Plus, as many a ballet teacher told me, I never had the right shaped feet.

When I was eighteen, I wanted to be a writer. I’d started publishing short stories in my high school literary magazine, and wrote my college application essays about being a writer. Still working on that one!

I turn thirty next year, but I already know what I want to be next: A chef. Of some sort. I’m looking into culinary schools and would love to someday work in a restaurant.

3. What strongly held belief did you have at eighteen that you do not have now?

One thing I remember feeling very strongly about at eighteen was that I wanted to always stay friends with my ex-boyfriends. HA! I guess I realize now that it’s okay to let people in and out of your life.

4. What were three works of art – book, painting, piece of music, etc – you can now say, had a great effect on you and influenced your own development as a writer?

There’s a sculpture by Camille Claudel called La Vague in the Rodin museum in Paris. I used to live very close by and I think I’ve probably spent more time looking at that sculpture than any other piece of art. It’s as if the artist has frozen the climax of a novel—it shows so much about pacing and drama and tension. And it’s just so beautiful.

My favourite novel is White Noise by Don De Lillo. It’s the book that made me want to be a writer. I read it first when I was eighteen and I try to reread it every year.

I played the song “You Look So Young” by the Jayhawks on repeat just about the entire time I was revising Torment. It’s so torturously beautiful and something about it speaks to the relationship I’m trying to create between Luce and Daniel.

5. Considering the innumerable artistic avenues open to you, why did you choose to write a novel?

I was never conscious that I was choosing anything. I just wrote. I wrote songs and poems and stories for a while and then I realized I was much better at the longer stuff. I always had a hard time coming out of a short story. Plus I hate writing endings—the less of them I have to write, the better. So novels it was!

6. Please tell us about your latest novel…

The novel I just finished writing is called Torment. It’s a sequel to my novel, Fallen, and it picks up the romantic saga right where Fallen left off. Luce is beginning to grasp the Continue reading

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