Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate has send us a interview of questions for all the readers out there!I hope you guys check out her new series!It is going to be a wonderful series and u have a great interview below to explain it to you about the books.
Who is Luce based on? Which character are you most like?
The physical traits of Luce (pronounced Loose) are based on my oldest, closest friend—the dark wavy hair, hazel eyes, tiny teeth, etc. When I first started writing her, I pulled some personality traits from this friend, but as I continued with her story, Luce veered away from my friend into an identity of her own. I share some traits with her—like her stubbornness and tendency to get swept away by romance. But if I had to which one I’m most like (though this is hard to imagine), I might be a crazy combination of Arriane and Penn. 
Did you struggle in coming up with any of the characters?
Daniel was the most challenging, mainly because the full truth of his character has to come to light very slowly over the course of the entire series in order for the books to work. The reveal at the end of the first book was probably one that most readers saw is book about fallen angels after all! But there's a much bigger, game-changing reveal about Daniel to come later in the series. It's challenging for me to know what's coming and only be able to show the reader so much at this point. Daniel's character is difficult enough as it is! But I like to think of him as a work in progress, a developing story, and someone who, above all, knows Luce better than anyone else (including herself), and has her best interest at heart.

What happened to Trevor? Who is the good and who is the bad guy? Why did these angels fall? Why did you kill Penn? Why did Daniel give Luce the middle finger? Why did you end the book with so many unanswered questions??

That is the blessing and the curse of writing a series! I wish I could give you all the answers now, but please believe me that I have a reason for withholding some of the details! I must torment you until Torment comes out in the fall! In the meantime, check out the Sword and Cross Case Files to learn a little bit more about who's who in Fallen!

Did you intend to make the book religious?

I was a Jewish kid with a Catholic father raised in a Baptist part of Texas—so I’ve grown up to be an adult with a pretty strong theological fascination. Fallen is in no way a religious book. The narratives and history surrounding the angels and demons are very compelling to me, but the ways in which I’ve included them in Fallen go back further than the bible. They’re pre-Christian, even pre-Torah. My research took me back as far as the earliest known dualistic religion (meaning there is a “good” force and an “evil” force): Zoroastrianism. And my goal is to incorporate some of the great mysteries and mythologies of many different religions without hinging Luce’s story too closely on any one faith.

How did you come up with the title?

With Fallen, the title was easy to come up with. But that’s not the case for most of the things I write. Usually the title is the very last thing to come, after I understand what the book is trying to do. For any of you who are writing and stressing out over the title—don’t! Finish the story. By the time you’re through, the title will most likely reveal itself to you.

Why did you choose to write it in third person instead of in first?

I love talking about point of view and love playing with it in my books. In the case of Fallen, I didn’t intentionally choose this point of view. Most of the time when I start a new story, I’ll hear a line in my head before I start writing. In this case, it was the first sentence of Chapter One (more or less). The choice to say “Luce” instead of “I” was implicit, not something I was entirely aware of. I just started writing, but it felt true to the story to tell it from a close, close third, so I kept it. We’re almost in Luce’s head, but there’s that small point of view choice separating us. She remains just a little bit unknowable, which is how I wanted her character to be.

Do you have a playlist of songs for Fallen?
Not officially, but a few songs I listened to a lot as I was writing:
Drunken Angel by Lucinda Williams
You Look So Young by the Jayhawks
Not Dark Yet by Bob Dylan
 What about your other book, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove?
Betrayal is my first novel and was as much of a guilty pleasure to write as I hope it is for people to read. It’s a dark, funny, gothic story about one girl’s twisted path towards Queen Bee-dom. It’s a Cruel Intentions meets Friday Night Lights meets MacBeth (told from Lady MacBeth’s point of view), set in the contemporary south. People read Fallen and they ask me whether I went to a school like Sword and Cross. Not even close! Actually, it’s the school in Betrayal that is a thinly veiled version of my utterly enormous and insanely Texan high school. All the things Natalie cares about in Betrayal are very close to my high school heart.
Like Fallen, Betrayal is richly southern gothic—Fallen is set in Savannah and Betrayal is set in Charleston, South Carolina—so the same sort of wonderfully oppressive southern scenes are important to both books. But where Luce is struggling to find her place in a new, unfamiliar school, Natalie is a girl at the top of her game—and she won’t let anything compromise that. Like every complex character, they both have some pretty remarkable skeletons in their closet. Natalie is a bit naughtier than Luce, but I imagine they would be friends. Actually, Nat’s kind of like a type-A version of Arriane.
Can you give us a hint about what will happen in Torment?
I’m having so much fun writing Torment right now. I think I’m more proud of it than any book I’ve written so far. Really, it’s going to be GOOD. It’s hard for me not to spill everything right now so I can say, “Aren’t you excited? Won’t this be great?” But my publisher would probably have my head. So in lieu of that, I’ll reveal just three things:

  1. As Luce learns more about her past, she comes into a host of powers she never knew she had—and they might involve the shadows.
  2. After the second book comes out, a prequel (which will span thousands of years!) will follow before the final book in the series.
  3. Even though, of course, Daniel is Luce’s one-and-only, a new character is introduced in Torment that offers him some stiff competition.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
 I've been writing stories since I was in middle school, so I love talking to people who are interesting in writing. One question this week had to do with how to write description, and the clearest advice I can give about that would be to take your time. Say I'm trying to describe a sunset and can't figure out how to make it interesting or fresh. Sometimes, when it takes me a while to get warmed up, I'll imagine how someone else--my husband, my best friend, someone I recently argued with--might see the same sunset. What would they notice about it that I wouldn't, or vice versa? Write a whole paragraph about the sunset instead of just a sentence. Then go back and look at what is strongest image you came up with. Which image reflects something new about your characters? Save that image, cut the rest. Eventually, those strong images will pop out first in your mind.
To those of you who are working on a novel or have finished one and are sending out your work: stick with it! In addition to Fallen, I have another novel I have been working on for eight years now and I know that someday I’m going to finish it! I couldn’t even begin to count how many rejection letters I’ve received over the years from agents, publishers, editors, and contest judges. What kept me writing was the support of other friends who are writers—and a dogged determination to someday get my writing published. There were times when I never thought it would happen, but now I’m so glad I kept writing. Find a writing-buddy, share your work, revise it over and over again, read it aloud, stay true to yourself and your voice, and don’t give up. An English or a Writing program are great ways to read widely and meet other writers. You can get a lot of great practice writing and revising in an academic program but I wouldn’t say the degrees you earn are necessary. If you’re looking for an agent, Writers Marketplace (the book) is a great place to start. There are also tons of publishing blogs out there with suggestions for agents. It’s mostly about finding someone whose tastes and sensibilities match yours.
How old are you? When did you start writing?
I turned twenty-nine last week! When I was younger, I wrote often and across a lot of genres—poetry, songs, stories, lots and lots of diary writing. I started focusing mainly on fiction by the time I was in high school, and longer stories came more naturally to me than short stories. I finished writing my first novel right when I graduated college—but nothing ever happened with it. It look another six years before I had a book accepted for publication.
Did you read a lot growing up? What are your favorite books?
I’ve always been a voracious reader. I can’t go on vacation for a weekend without at least five books. Growing up, my favorite author was Roald Dahl, and I think I read each of his books ten times. My favorite children’s/YA writers are Lois Lowry, Frances Hardinge, Meg Rosoff, Maureen Johnson, Phillip Pullman, and John Green. A few of my favorite adult books are To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Can I get a signed copy of Fallen or an advance copy Torment?
I don’t have book plates yet, and I’m OUT of my copies of Fallen (except for two I am holding onto!), but I encourage you to sign up for Random Buzzers on the Random House website to get on the mailing list for advance copies of their books. Maybe you’ll get a copy of Torment before it comes out!
How many Fallen books are you writing? What's the publishing plan for the series? When is the next book coming out?
Fallen is the first book in the four-book series—though I will be writing a prequel to explain some of the things that have happened before the narrative of Fallen began. Torment picks up right where Fallen left off and will be published in hardcover in September, 28 2010. Sounds far away, doesn't it? But it'll be here before any of us can believe it. There will be two more books after that, Passion in the summer of 2011(this will be the prequel), and a final (currently untitled) book in December 2011.
*The books are available in stores, online, and also on Kindle and on audio! They audio version is really cool.
What countries will publish Fallen?
So far, Fallen has sold in these markets:
1.    Brazil: Editora Record

2.    Bulgaria: Intense/Locus Books

3.    Catalan language: Grup Editorial 62

4.    Czech Republic: Euromedia

5.    Estonia: Pegasus

6.    Film/Television Partners: Mayhem Pictures/Disney

7.    France: Bayard

8.    Germany: Bertelsmann

9.    Greece: Psichogios Publications

10. Hungary: Könyvmoly

11.  Indonesia: PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama

12. Israel: Hakibbutz Hameuhad/Sifriat Hapoalim

13. Italy: Rizzoli

14. Korea: Random House Korea

15. Lithuania: Media Incognito

16. Netherlands/Dutch language: Uitgeverij Van Goor

17. Poland: MAG Publishers

18.  Portugal: Planeta Portugal

19. Romania: Editura Litera

20. Russia: Eksmo

21. Serbia: Evro-Giunti

22. Slovak Republic: IKAR

23. Spain: RH/Mondadori

24.  Taiwan (Chinese Complex Character): Sun Color Culture

25. Thailand: Post

26. Turkey: Epsilon

27. UK Audio: RHUK Audiobooks

28. UK: RHUK (Doubleday)

29. US Audio: RH/Listening Library

30. US:  RH/Delacorte
It is out in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Spain, and Taiwan. The next country to publish the book will be Germany, but I don’t have exact dates yet!
Will there be a movie?
It looks like there is a real possibility! The film rights for all four books were optioned by Disney/Mayhem Productions last week. I got to have lunch with the Disney people and they seem really excited about getting the movie going. More to come! I will keep you posted on my blog. (Also, there is no connection to the other movie called Fallen, which came out in 2008.)
Can I be in the movie?!?!?! Please.....??
I wish we could ALL be in the movie! All my friends and relatives are asking the same thing. I don't know anything about casting yet, but I promise, if I hear of an open casting call from Disney, I will post it on my blog!! And thanks to those of you who sent along casting suggestions. I too think Ed Westick would make a great Cam. I’ll pass it along!
Do you have any readings/signings coming up?
I’ll be at Book Expo America in New York from May 24-27 (details on signings to come). And at ComicCon in San Diego in July.
I will also do another tour in September and will be making stops in northern California, Michigan, NY, Chicago, and other places. I am also in the midst of planning a UK tour in late October and possibly an Australia/New Zealand tour in 2011. I am keeping track of the places where readers are asking me to visit, so keep asking! Someday I would love to be able to make it to your neck of the woods. Please check my website for updates!
 Tell me more about the cover art! Where can I buy that dress!
Many people have asked about my involvement in the cover art. I actually had nothing to do with it (which is a lucky thing for all of us)—and no, I am not the girl on the cover! She’s a model from Brazil (though I don’t know her name), the artist’s name is Fernanda Brusi Goncalves, and the cover was designed by a very talented team of designers at Random House. I did a little grateful grovel when I finally got to meet them a few months ago. I’m sorry I don’t know who designed the dress, though I’ve been told Morgan LaFaye has a very similar one in her wedding collection (which also comes in black!).
When my editor first emailed me a jpeg of this art, it took me about thirty seconds to wrap my mind around someone else’s image of the world and Luce’s character, but quickly after that, I fell in love with it. I had the same reaction to the just released Torment cover. And I want both of the dresses!
If you've made it through most or all of this email, I truly appreciate your interest. I hope I've answered most of your questions. Thank you all for reading and for sharing your thoughts with me.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Make it or break it!

This ABC family channel TV show is a great hit!Lots of people enjoy watching it and cant ever wait for the next episode,i myself can never wait for it.Its a nice show for teens to whatch withlots of action!Check it out at for episodes,photos,bios,and more or Watch it on TV ever Mondays at 9 Starting June 28 again.

Secret Life Of The American Teenager.

This Show has been on ABC family channel for a long time and is a very great show!If you go to there website you can view there photos,bios,recaps,episodes and lots more.It really is a great show for teens and its very interesting.After every show every Monday at 8 i cant wait to see what happens in the next show and that means i really enjoy it!Well Go check it out and watch it every Monday at 8 starting again on june 7!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Sorry for DELAY!!!

Im so sorry viewers for this delay of mine.Iv'e been so busy i haven't had time to get interviews.I have not yet recived the ARC for Maggie Stiefvater's books.But im hoping to get some interviews and ARC's coming in for u guys!again sorry for the DELAY!