It’s one of the things that makes us the happiest – getting to talk to the authors that we love. And one author we love – well that would be Lauren Kate.
Lauren is the author of The Fallen Sage (you may have seen us gushing over that series) and The Teardrop Series. We love her poetic writing and the way that she weaves everything together.
Writing YA is not easy. What made you start writing in YA versus any other genre?
I like inhabiting seventeen-year-old protagonists because of the liminal nature of their voices. Teenagers are on-the-brink: hurtling out of adolescence, approaching—but not quite at—maturity. The space between the world of the child and the world of the adult is dramatic, chaotic, and violent. Liminal characters take risks. They make mistakes. They are destined for fabulous highs and lows. These are the kind of characters I want to spend time with—both when I’m reading and when I’m writing.
What are you working on now?
Something very exciting and still secret…
What book are you most looking forward to reading in 2015?
Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer
What inspires you?
Romantic love is always the core of my inspiration. I believe it can be the most powerful force in the universe. When I’m considering novel ideas, I’m drawn to old, rich stories into which I can insert the twists and tangles of love.
What’s your writing process like?
I write every day all day for as many months as it takes to get out the first draft of a story. I also like to go for a run in the morning with my dog. It helps clear my head, and allows me to write the opening paragraph in my mind so that when I sit down at the computer, I’m ready to go.
What do you do to unwind when you just can’t look at your computer anymore?
At the end of a writing day, I love to cook. It’s hands-on and mind-off in a way that feels like the opposite of writing. As I cook I talk to my husband about the things my characters did that day. (When you’re not at school or working in an office, you have to have someone to gossip about!)
What genre would you like to write, that you haven’t written already?
I can see myself writing all sorts of things—cookbooks, personal essays, picture books, urban fantasy, and so on—as long as I find the voice fresh and engaging and dramatic. I write the stories that take hold of me and focus on making them as surprising and unique as I can.
What is your guilty pleasure?
I don’t believe in guilt when it comes to pleasure. Right now the thing bringing me the most pleasure is making funny faces at my 6 month old son and making up songs with my 2 year old daughter.
It’s just come out that the sequel for Fallen is already in development, does that put any added pressure on you with such limited information about the first movie out?
We’re all feeling very optimistic about the way Fallen’s turning out and eager to get back to work on another one.
We know you are Hungarian – was there an added plus with the movie being shot there? What was the best thing about filming in Budapest?
Hungary is a beautiful place (with some amazing readers) and it was an absolute joy to film there. Budapest has a fascinating history that added to the mystery and romance of the film. I wasn’t ready to come home.
The Teardrop Series is very different than Fallen. What inspired you to write about Atlantis?
I used to live in Winters and I was always inspired by Lake Berryessa, and the flooded city within, Monticello. It was amazing to think people were born, died, buried and have fallen in and out of love down there, deep under the lake. That magical mystery inspired me to research flood narratives and vanished places. I read up on various cultures’ flood narratives–like Noah’s Ark and the lost continent of Atlantis–and I wondered: what if, instead of an angry god wiping out civilization with a flood…what if it was a girl who got her heart broken and cried a single, devastating tear?
What, if any clues can you give us as to what happens to Eureka?
Eureka changes dramatically in Waterfall. I won’t spoil anything for my readers but this conclusion was a wild ride that shocked me even as I wrote it.
What’s the best part about writing love triangles? What’s the worst?
No one person can be everything. You can’t be both the knight-in-shining-armor and the rebellious bad boy. With a love triangle you get to have a character interact with two love interests that can be diametrically opposed to one another. You are allowed to explore and discover more about a character when they are given options. The only down side to a love triangle (in real life or fiction), is that eventually a choice must be made and someone ends up alone.