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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

When I’m not writing… with Lauren Kate




Today I am very happy to have Lauren Kate, author of Fallen (my review)  & Torment with me! I LOVE the Fallen series so I had to ask Lauren if she would stop by and share with us ^^ Her latest release, Torment released on September 28th and has been a huge success! Let’s learn more about her, shall we?



Before I moved to Los Angeles last fall, I was living on a farm.

photo 1.farm

Two hundred and twenty acres of soy, tomatoes, and alfalfa in the middle of nowhere northern California. It was the place where I first laid eyes on my husband, it was the place where got married (we had a rehearsal dinner/karaoke party in the pole barn the night before), and it’s the place where I wrote Fallen.
So when it came time to move to Los Angeles, where my husband is getting his PhD in English Literature, both of us wanted to find a place that retained some of the peace and charm of the rural life we used to live. We settled on Laurel Canyon, which is a windy, scenic, hippy neighborhood in LA. It’s five minutes from the lights and action of the Sunset Strip but feels a world away.

photo 2.house

My main stipulation on deciding on a place to live was that I wanted a room with a view. I spend a lot of time staring into space and it helps me greatly to have something pretty to stare at. This is the best seat in the house.

photo 3.desk

In the mornings, I like to take our dog Milo

photo 5.milo

for a run in Runyon Canyon, the canyon next door to ours. Earlier this fall, I ran a half-marathon in Disneyland, and Milo was a great training partner. This is his favorite bench to take a break at in Runyon.

photo 6.runyon

Recently, I’ve been writing pretty much all day, every day—but that’s NOT what this blog is about, is it? So I won’t go into detail about my badly battered computer….

photo 7.keyboard

My very favorite way to wind down is by cooking something elaborate. I’m a food-blog nut, and when I can’t sleep because I’m on a crazy deadline, I scour the web for cool new recipes. Recently I’ve been making a lot of homemade pasta.


And of course, my all-time favorite past-time is reading. My entire living room is filled with wall-to-wall bookshelves. As a kid, I loved Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, as a teen, I fell for Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Don DeLillo. These days, I’ve been devouring The Hunger Games, re-reading His Dark Materials, and recently adoring a really dark, amazing book called Tender Morsels by Margot Lanagan.

photo 9.tender morsels cover

So there you have it! The moments “when I’m not writing” seem to be few and far between these days, but on those rare occasions, this is exactly what I like to do.


Thank you so much Lauren for taking the time to share these bits of your life with us! It’s greatly appreciated =)

Here’s a bit more about the Fallen series!



Lucinda is sure that she and Daniel are meant to be together forever. Now they are forced apart in a desperate bid to save Luce from the Outcasts–immortals who want her dead. As she discovers more about her past lives, Luce starts to suspect that Daniel is hiding something. What if he has lied to her about their shared past? What if Luce is really meant to be with someone else?


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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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  1. what an awesome view! Runyon looks like a beautiful place to be :) And Milo, what more can you say to a face like that . Can't wait to try the series.

  2. Ooooo love these pictures! Your house is amazing!