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

by |May 23, 2011

The Booktopia Book Guru asks

Lauren Kate

author of Fallen, Torment and now, Passion

Six Sharp Questions:


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 –

The third book in the Number 1 best-selling Fallen series serves up what readers are dying to know. . .

Love Begins. Luce would die for Daniel. And she has. Over and over again. Throughout time, Luce and Daniel have found each other, only to be painfully torn apart: Luce dead, Daniel left broken and alone. But perhaps it doesn’t need to be that way. . . .

Luce is certain that something—or someone—in a past life can help her in her present one. So she begins the most important journey of this lifetime . . . going back eternities to witness firsthand her romances with Daniel . . . and finally unlock the key to making their love last.

Cam and the legions of angels and Outcasts are desperate to catch Luce, but none are as frantic as Daniel. He chases Luce through their shared pasts, terrified of what might happen if she rewrites history.

Because their romance for the ages could go up in flames . . . forever.

Sweeping across centuries, PASSION is the third novel in the unforgettably epic FALLEN series.

Passion not only gives answers and insight into who Luce and Daniel were before we first met them, but also seamlessly moves ahead the main plot, setting up an incredibly thrilling and climactic introduction to the fourth and final chapter in the Fallen series – coming in 2012. )

2. Times pass. Things change. What are the best and worst moments that you have experienced in the past year or so?

The best moment was probably talking to my agent about my idea for a series after Fallen—and hearing him say that he loved it. (Phew.) One of the worst was getting sick on my US book tour for Torment. I was sniffling all through my readings!

3. Do you have a favourite quote or passage you would be happy to share with us? It doesn’t need to be deep but it would be great if it meant something to you.

I thought about this beautiful last line of The Great Gatsby many times while I was working on Passion, which is all about the inescapability of the past—and the present’s determination to overcome its shadow.

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

4. Writers have often been described as being difficult to live with. Do you conform to the stereotype or defy it? Please tell us a little about the day to day of your writing life.

It’s very convenient to avoid doing chores around the house because you’re far too busy working on your book! My husband and I are both writers, which is great—he’s one of my best readers, and we share almost all of our work—but we do have try to balance who’s deep in “the writing zone” when. I’m much more fun to live with when I’m revising than when I’m working on a first draft, for example. I can even do the occasional load of laundry!

5. Some writers claim not to be influenced by the needs of the marketplace, while others seem obsessed by it. Would you please describe how the marketplace affects your writing (come on, tell the truth!).

I come from a publishing background so I came into writing very aware of what the marketplace is and what it means. But when I’m writing (and this must be true for most writers), I’m thinking purely about my characters and their stories. Once a book is finished, I can go back to thinking about the market, but only as much as is productive to keep up. I try to read as many YA books as I can—and I often get the best recommendations from my readers.

6. Unlikely Scenario: You’ve been charged with civilising twenty ill-educated adolescents but you may take only five books with you. What do you take and why?

The Hunger Games because it’s the most primal book I’ve read in ages. The Great Gatsby because it’s beautiful and heartbreaking. The Golden Compass because we should all aspire to be a little more like Lyra. White Noise because it’s funny and the book that made me want to be a writer. And Lolita because it’s naughty.

Lauren, thank you for playing.

Visit our Lauren Kate author page – here

Read the answers Lauren gave to my Ten Terrifying Questions last year – here.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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