March 21, 1981 |
Dayton, Ohio, U.S.
Lauren Kate is an internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and include The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and Fallen, which reached number 3 on The New York Times Best Seller List for children's chapter books on January 8, 2010. As of Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Fallen had spent one year and four months—with brief interruptions—on the list.
Torment, the sequel to Fallen, was released on 28 September 2010. It debuted at number 1 on the New York Times Bestseller List (Fallen came in that week at number 2), remaining at that position through the week of October 17. The paperback edition of Fallen debuted at number 1 on the list, as well. The third book in the Fallen series, entitled Passion, was released on June 14, 2011. A new edition of Natalie Hargrove was also released on the same day as the paperback edition of Torment. On June 23, Passion reached number 7 on the USA Today Bestseller List, for books overall. On July 3, 2011, Passion qualified the Fallen books for the Series section of the New York Times Bestseller List; it entered the list at number 2, behind the Hunger Games books. Each of the aforementioned books has appeared atop many other countries' bestseller lists, as well.
Fallen in Love—a collection of novellas set in the Middle Ages that tell the back-stories of several of the Fallen series' main characters—was published on January 24, 2012. Rapture, the final installment of the series, was published on June 12, 2012.
Kate has toured the States and circled the globe several times whilst promoting her books, staging events in England, Ireland, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Hungary, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.
Disney optioned the film rights to the entire series on the day of Fallen's release (December 9, 2009).
Random House released Kate's new series "Teardrop" in October, 2013. A new book, Waterfall, has also been announced for Fall 2014.
- Fallen (December 9, 2009)
- Torment (September 28, 2010)
- Passion (June 14, 2011)
- Fallen In Love (January 24, 2012)
- Rapture (June 12, 2012)
- Unforgiven (November 2015)
- Teardrop (October 22, 2013)
- Last Day of Love Prequel Novella (December 10, 2013)
- Waterfall (October 28, 2014)
- The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove (November 12, 2009)
Inspiration for characters
Kate has said that her characters are based on people that she knows, such as her husband, Jason Morphew; she based the character of Lucinda on herself, as they are both stubborn and have a great faith in romance.
Kate was raised in Dallas, Texas, and has a master's degree in fiction from the University of California. Kate has stated that experience of the "Old South" in the Atlanta area inspired her to set Fallen in a Civil War era academy .
Kate has stated that her high school did not provide the basis for Sword and Cross in the Fallen series. In fact, she based the high school setting of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove on the Dallas high school she attended (Plano Senior High School).
The Fallen series employs Kate's many months of theological research. She had gotten the idea for the series from a line in Genesis that she came across whilst studying the Bible in graduate school in California.
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