To celebrate the ardently anticipated release of Rapture, the fourth and final volume of the Fallen series Lauren Kate has embarked on a blog tour to build our passion for the newest volume. I can’t say I needed any help to build excitement for the release of Rapture, I have been impatiently pining for it since the day I finished Passion.
The sky is dark with wings…
And time is running out for Luce and Daniel.
In order to stop Lucifer from erasing the past, they must find the place where the Fall began.
Only Luce can break the curse, and it is her choice alone that will decide all their fates.
But as Dark Forces gather, great sacrifices will be made in this final epic stuggle…
In the fight for Luce, and for love, who will win?
For her stopover with us we were able to find out a little more about the inner workings of Lauren Kate and her art, I hope you like what we learned as much as I do.
What made you want to pursue a writing career?
My very cool and intimidating seventh grade English teacher, Ms. Calloway. We were assigned to keep a diary all year for her class. We turned it in at the end of the year. She read them over the summer and mailed them back to us. I was so nervous to open her letter with comments about all my many ramblings over that year. She wrote: “Lauren, you are an enigma. Keep writing.” It was the enigma part that got me—I had to look it up in the dictionary. The idea that I could be mysterious to someone so mysterious to me was thrilling. I kept writing because she told me to, and because my words had elicited that reaction in her.
Where did the inspiration for the Fallen series come from?
The line in Genesis (6:1-4) which talks about angels looking down from heaven and falling in love with mortal woman. I was taking a class and the teacher suggested that this love might be why the angels were kicked out of heaven: because they placed something above God. Love! I was already writing love stories all the time, but this idea felt different to me. It felt big. That an angel might sacrifice everything about himself for love—I wanted to explore it.
Do you plot before you start writing or just sit to write and let the characters evolve organically?
I make a chapter synopsis for the story which includes things like Luce gets from A to B and encounters character X—but the motivations are always missing from the outline and that’s what I get to discover when I’m at the keyboard. The plots are often in place beforehand, but the characters do evolve organically. The same scene is entirely different if Luce is feeling bold and empowered, compared to if she’s feeling exhausted and unsupported.
Did you know right from the beginning how it was going to end?
Not at all. I thought I did. But the revelation I thought would make the end became only the tiniest fraction of the ending when I got there. The final chapters of Rapture shocked me.
What’s next for Lauren Kate, is there something you are working on that you can talk about?
A new series I’m over the moon excited about but can’t discuss just yet. Like Fallen, it’s a familiar story with an impossible love injected into its backbone.
Directions to the entire Rapture Blog Tour
12 June – Treasured Tales for Young Adults:
13 June – Girl Power:
14 June – Beauty and Lace:
15 June – Head Stuck In A Book:
18 June – Eleusinian Mysteries:
19 June – Book Probe:
20 June – Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf:
21 June – Nice Girl’s Read Books:
22 June – Fallen Books:
My blurb went missing… so now I have to bring you a new one. One that is a little broader too.
I devour books, vampires and supernatural creatures are my genre of choice but over the past couple of years I have broadened my horizons considerably.
I inhale music, hair metal that satisfies my inner bogan is where my musical passion lies, but again I’ve been exposed to lots of different music I wouldn’t normally listen to and have broadened those horizons also.
In a nutshell – I love to write! I love interacting with a diverse range of artists to bring you interviews.
Perhaps we were perfect before – I LOVE WORDS! Reading, writing, speaking, listening – if it’s got words I’m there!