Today’s the big day! I’m thrilled to share this collection of short stories from the Fallen world with you. I can’t wait to hear what you think of the book. Fallen in Love came along as something of a surprise. I wasn’t expecting to write it. My publisher was waiting on Rapture. You were waiting on Rapture. I was waiting on Rapture…. But I wasn’t ready to write it yet. It made me nervous to think about writing “The End” to a series that has meant so much to me. How would I tie up a story that has covered six millennia of […]
Some of you know how much I love to cook. When I’m done writing at the end of the day, cooking something exciting often feels like the most fun way to wind down. To me, cooking is the opposite of writing: where writing is sedentary and brain-draining…cooking is hands-on and can be done with a clear, calm mind. My husband Jason loves saffron, so for Christmas one year, I got him a book called the Essential Saffron Companion. Here’s our favorite special-occasion recipe from the book. It take some time and effort but it’s worth it! Mussels in Saffron Cream […]
Sometimes, love is hell. Just ask Arriane (or read about it in her chapter of Fallen in Love). But that doesn’t mean your whole world has to screech to a halt. If your Valentines Day this year is shaping up to be less than romantic (as mine have been many times), take a cue from Robyn and keep dancing on your own. And when your tired feet need a rest (if you are wearing shoes like Robyn, that could happen quickly), I can think of a real good book for you to curl up with… What’s your favorite song to dance to on […]
Virginia Woolf is one of my favorite writers and To the Lighthouse is my favorite book of hers. It’s not expressly a love story, but there is romance flowing across every page, to and from each one of the characters, often showing up in the most surprising places. I am always in awe of Woolf’s ability to jump in one character’s mind one paragraph, then leave it to enter another character’s mind in the next. She writes a killer dinner party scene. My closest friend Megan (some of you may have heard me speak about how Lucinda was based in part […]
My first book crush was Rhett Butler from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind. I must have read all twelve hundred pages of that book twelve times when I was twelve years old. I remember reading it once while visiting my grandmother in Baltimore. She told me how much she loved the movie–it was the only film she’d ever gone to the theater to see twice. When we rented and watched it together, I fell in love with Clark Gable’s depiction of the character. This contentious scene between Scarlet and Rhett scene has always been a favorite of mine. Does this […]
Today’s Dash comes from love poet master, John Donne. His words inspire me regularly. (Look for him again in the epigraph of Rapture!) Like The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, this poem centers around two departing lovers, but in this case, this speaker finds reasons to celebrate the separation. Take a look: A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning by John Donne As virtuous men pass mildly away, And whisper to their souls to go, Whilst some of their sad friends do say, “The breath goes now,” and some say, “No,” So let us melt, and make no noise, No tear-floods, nor sigh-tempests […]
Counting down to the release of Fallen in Love (6 more days!), I thought I’d share a selection of things I find romantic and inspiring. Check back here every day from now until the book’s release on Tuesday (in the US…sorry for those of you elsewhere who have to wait a little longer) for your DDoR. Today’s Dash of Romance is a painting I fell in love with during a recent trip to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. It’s called The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis and was painted by Jacques-Louis David in 1818. David was inspired by the […]
Not a single day goes by where I don’t receive a handful of inspirational letters, beautiful pieces of personal artwork, or a soulful song, all created by my passionate and caring fans. 2012 is the year of sharing more with you all, as you’ve shared with me, so prepare yourselves for weekly treats – every Thursday – that will help you get a glimpse of what this Fallen journey has been like on my end! XO, Lauren ——————————————— Hi Lauren! Carolina, one of the managers of our blog, posts her drawings. Hope you like and you can post them in […]
First, two things that need no introduction: (Don’t forget to scroll down for a third very special surprise!) And now, because I’m so happy with this book that I can’t keep it to myself anymore, here is a very special sneak peak at FALLEN IN LOVE! This will give you a taste of the kinds of stories you’ll find in Fallen in Love. There are four complete love stories in the book. Can you guess who else is featured? Happy Monday everyone. I hope you enjoy!
Dear all, I’ve received a handful of wonderful stories and photo submissions from fans across the world, and now the time has come for me to share them with YOU! First off I’d like to thank you all once more for coming out to support the release of “Passion.” You are the greastest. Now here’s our very first installment of fan tales from my worldly wanderings. More to come soon, so if you haven’t sent me your story yet, there’s still time – email away! – Lauren Kate Wilson – Melbourne: “Well, I first went on plane. Ever. To go to Melbourne. […]
The leaves may not be turning in Los Angeles, but it’s truly autumn in the UK where they’ve more than “Fallen.” How wonderful it was to hop across the pond and celebrate the release of Passion with so many dedicated readers. As always, I was blessed with countless memorable meetings, deeply touching conversations, and innumerable brilliant fan creations. You never cease to amaze me. Thanks to each and every one of you who came out to support the book. Keep reading and keep reaching out!
On October 1st, I’m attending the Bath Festival of Children’s Literature. In advance of this, the festival folks have put together an exquisite corpse story that has been bouncing around the blogosphere for the past couple of weeks. Would you like to read it so far?
I have had a BLAST trekking around this beautiful country – From Rio to Sao Paolo, from Curitiba to Florianopolis – my fans never cease to amaze me with their warmth and enthusiasm. How lucky am I to be here?! More soon as I finish up and head back home…
These last few months, I’ve lived in airports – hopped and skipped all the way around the world so that I could meet you: my amazing and dedicated fans. We’ve had wonderful discussions about about love and fate, about how to write and what fuels my own imagination as an author. And of course, we’ve gone back and forth between Cam and Daniel, over and over again… (it’s a tough decision!) Unfortunately, I can’t visit every city, every bookstore, and talk with every passionate reader. So I ask those of you who have participated in the Passion tour this summer […]
How wonderful to be able to travel the world and meet so many of my amazing fans! Your creativity and dedication had me in constant awe. As I settle back into my own time zone I’d like to share with you a quick look at some of my travels.
I had the most amazing time last week on the US Passion tour. A huge, impassioned thanks to all of you who came out to the events in SF, Atlanta, Miami and Dallas. You drove from other states, through crazy weather, carting your whole families with you. You shared fascinating, poignant, and funny stories with me about your lives and your relationships to the Fallen books. You even got me to do the Time Warp (see below). I ended the tour feeling happy, lucky, and grateful to have such wonderful support from so many readers. Thank you, thank you, thank […]
My email account was hacked on Friday and as a result many of you got a strange email from me saying that I was mugged in London and needed cash. I’m fine! Please don’t send money! This was a false email from the hacker! I’ve reclaimed my accounts now and everything is back under control. BUT the worst part is that my entire email archive was wiped out. I say this because many of you have written me through this website or through my direct email account and I have lost all record of it. Which means if you have […]
Many have asked for this. Now that Passion’s release is just FOUR DAYS AWAY, I thought I’d share some of the songs that inspired me while writing. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment with songs that you connect to the book too! Thirteen by Bigstar You Look So Young by the Jayhawks I Envy the Wind by Lucinda Williams The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields Marvelous Things by Eisley One by Harry Nilsson Strangers by the Kinks A Thousand Kisses Deep by Leonard Cohen Beaches by Bridezilla I Know Goodbye by Jason Morphew
Have I mentioned this? I’m visiting some excellent blogs! Follow me this week and next for the scoop on all things Passion. The book releases in the US on June 14th and I hope to see lots of you on my live tour that week.
Styles change. And Natalie Hargrove was never one to be caught wearing last year’s look. That’s why this summer, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove is getting a brand new look. Have you read my first novel, which Publishers Weekly calls “deliciously twisted?” Cruel Intentions meets Macbeth in this seductive, riveting tale of conscience and consequence. And guess what? It’ll be available in store on June 14th. Pick it up along with your copy of Passion!
I’m doing something different and very exciting for my US Passion tour. You get to decide which cities I’ll visit. Do you want to a signed copy of Passion? Do you live in (or near) one of these places? * Atlanta, GA * Boston, MA * Dallas, TX * Denver, CO * Detroit, MI * Houston, TX * Miami, FL * Minneapolis St. Paul, MN * Phoenix, AZ * St. Louis, MO * San Francisco, CA If so, cast your vote on Facebook by this Friday!
With just a little over 2 months until Passion comes out (in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand), I wanted to let you know some exciting news. First of all, this time when I go on my book tour, YOU get to decide which cities I’ll visit. Log on to the Fallen facebook page and vote from eleven US cities for the one nearest to you! Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a Passion trailer, sneak peeks from the books, and some never before revealed behind the scenes information! I can’t wait to share all of this […]
This Friday, February 4th at 9am PT/5pm GMT, I will be chatting with Karen Mahoney, Amy Meredith, the lovely Jo from Once Upon a Bookcase, and YOU! Check out Jo’s site for details on how to participate. I can’t wait!
A look back at some of last year’s most excellent reads: 10. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff: If you’ve encountered me in the past year, you might have heard me rave about this book. I got to read an advanced copy, and as soon as I was finished, I was desperate for the book to publish so I could talk about it with the rest of the world. It’s chilling and lovely and weird and not like any book I’ve read before. I’ll be Brenna’s fan for life. 9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: I’m hesitant to add this book to […]
I’ve been waiting for a long time to show off how gorgeous this is! When I started writing Passion, I knew the series was bursting into some very exciting uncharted territory. This chase backwards through time, with each chapter set in a different country and a different century across five thousand years is undoubtedly the most romantic, most intense, most…passionate book I’ve ever written–and I think you’ll agree it has the cover to match. I love the dramatic bursts of color, the intensity and desolation of the backdrop, and of course, the dress. It’s also the perfect book to show […]
I just got back from a terrific tour of the UK, making stops in London, Manchester, Bury, Liverpool, Milton Keynes, and Birmingham, and talking up Torment to tons of bloggers, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and lots and lots of readers. I met all the wonderful people who are publishing my books in the UK and even got to attend the 4th annual Eternal Twilight Convention It was a blast. See?
Torment Tour USA Dates and Store Addresses: TORMENT TOUR: San Francisco: Tuesday, September 28th–Barnes & Noble, El Cerrito, CA at 6:30 PM (6050 El Cerrito Place) Wednesday, September 29th–Kepler’s, 7pm (1010 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA) Seattle: Thursday, September 30th–University Bookstore in Mill Creek at 6:30 PM (15311 Main Street, Mill Creek, WA) Friday, October 1st–Borders in Redmond, WA at 7pm (16549 N.E. 74th St. Redmond, WA) Portland: Saturday, October 2nd–Powell’s in Cedar Hills at 2:00 PM (3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd, Beaverton OR) AND Barnes & Noble in Clackamas, OR at 7:00 PM (12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, […]
Last week, Jason and I took an unforgettable trip to Berlin to celebrate the 175th anniversary of my publisher’s parent company, Bertelsmann. The week was packed with meetings, parties, photo shoots, and one very fancy gala at the Konzerthaus. It was the place to be in Berlin that night and everyone from Chancellor Merkel to Leona Lewis was there.
While you’ve been patiently waiting for Torment… I’ve been hard at work on the first draft of Passion. It’s third book in the Fallen series, and a prequel to everything that occurs in Fallen and in Torment. In its conception, this book felt like an impossible project to me: It covers a span of 5000 plus years, dips into a new setting, a new country, and usually, a new century with each new chapter. And it aims to explain just about every important moment that ever passed between Luce and Daniel. Definitely the biggest narrative challenge I’ve ever given myself. […]
My first trip to Comic Con was a great time this weekend. I did a few video interviews that will be available on youtube very shortly. I got to sit on a Bite Me panel with six other fantasy writers, where we spoke to around 350 Comic Conners about everything from demented unicorns, to how we do our research, to whether or not proper vampires have fangs. I had a really nice signing after the panel:
Hi everyone! Several bits of news today: First off, I’m excited to report that I’ve been nominated for an Indigo Teen Reads award in the Best New Writer category. This is the inaugural year for the contest, run by the great Canadian bookstore, and the best part is: readers get to choose the winners! Please visit the site, fill out the very quick registration form, and vote for Fallen (and me) in the Best New Writer category. This is what you’ll see after you vote. If you’re hard core, you can come back and vote every day! Next up, I’m […]
Try going head to head with Jason. Behold the list of 100+ books my favorite PhD candidate has spent the past 5 months reading. Yes, the monster list, taped on the back of our closet door, is taller than both of us and took three photographs to capture. But Jason still managed to slay it. See all the little check marks? For the past five months he’s been preparing for his oral exam, which he takes this Friday (!!!). For three hours, three professors will grill him on any/all of these books, asking questions like “How would you teach this […]
I went to New York last week for BEA, which, for those of you who don’t know, is a huge book expo held every May to showcase books coming out in the fall. I’ve been a couple times before back when I worked as an editor, and it’s always a whirlwind of book signings, banquets, award ceremonies, and lots of oogling upcoming releases. There is much to get excited about and so much swag to snag. From my own stash, I’m most excited to dig into Lauren Oliver’s Delirium and Jennifer Donnelly’s Revolution. People bring extra suitcases to schlep back […]
(Note: I recently wrote this for a blog called Fragments of Life, but I thought I’d also share it with you here.) A few months ago, I went to visit my parents at the house where I grew up in Texas. My mom, in her mom way, likes to make use of my presence to clean out closets. “Can we throw out these softball trophies?” “What about these old dance recital costumes?” “You’re never going to wear these shoes again, are you?” And on it goes. If Mom and I fill up a garbage bag to take to goodwill, the […]
I’ve been on vacation this week. Torment finally went to my editor, my parents came to visit, and it was my birthday on Sunday. A perfect little storm. My favorite thing we did with my parents was take them up to Santa Barbara for a night. We drove along the PCH through sun and fog and seabreeze, ate at the Hitching Post (of Sideways fame) and stayed in the cute Danish town of Solvang. While we were gone, Milo went to visit his godfather, Matt. Some say he’s a cautious dog. Easily terrified is another way of putting it. Matt […]
We got a dog on Monday! His name is Milo and he’s a brindle boxer about six months old. I’ve wanted to get a dog for a long time but have had to wait until we had enough time and space to make it possible. I’ve been scouring rescue dog websites for a few months, looking for medium-sized, floppy eared young dogs, but we hadn’t gone to actually look at any yet. Then, last Sunday, a friend saw Milo at an adoption street fair, gave us a call, and as soon as we got down there and saw him, we […]
I hear it was cold this weekend in New York. Luckily, this guy was there to heat things up. On Friday, right before Valentines Day, “Daniel” hit Times Square to promote Fallen. People often ask me my favorite part of writing teen novels. I’m not embarrassed at all to say that promo events like this are dangerously close to the top of the list? Look at this! It’s fantastic! While Daniel was busy wooing the ladies of New York, I ventured back up to northern California for my first ever TV appearance. I used to watch Good Day Sacramento when […]
I’ve been friends with my oldest, closest friend Megan since we were three. We met in pre-school, spent every waking second we were allowed to together as kids, tormented her little brother together, were tormented by my older brother together, and ran up enormous phone bills when we moved away from each other to go to college. We have the kind of friendship where I’m not really sure something big has happened to me until I’m able to pick up the phone and tell Megan.
My husband launched his car off this cliff a half an hour before hour wedding. Some of you already know this little story, but for those of you who don’t: Relax! No one was in the car, no one was hurt (save an olive tree that was split in two), and our wedding was pret-ty perfect after that. As the Jewish side of the family was quick to point out: “What’s a wedding without a little broken glass?” I bring this up now because the car we bought to replace the wrecked one is a stick shift. And I have […]
The Fallen display at the ALA Midwinter conference in Boston. Sounds like it was a great weekend! From my reading last night at the Borders in Mission Viejo. Thanks to Carlos and Rose at the store and to the great group who braved the apocalyptic storm to come out!
Happy torrentially downpouring Monday from Los Angeles. Thought I’d throw this short essay up today in case anyone missed it from my guest blogging at Beatrice last week: When I was ten months old, my mother made an appointment with our ear doctor because she thought I was deaf. Hearing the story told for the first time to my husband recently, I was impressed by my mom’s verve as she relayed the family lore. Her eyes lit up telling of the placid way I’d stare into space when she tried to reason with me, how often I ignored my name […]
Here’s a pic from a book signing I did in LA with my friend Anna Carey, author of Sloane Sisters. It was a lot of fun, filled with cookies and enthusiasm–if you don’t count the one angry dude who walked into the store and barked at us because we didn’t know where the bird guides were. “You don’t work here? You’re just sitting in the middle of the store then?” Yes, sir. Bird guides aside, my weekend was a relaxing mix of football watching, picture hanging (officially the last step in Moving Into a New Place), Mexican food eating at […]
On Monday, January 11th, I’m excited to embark on my first blog tour. I’ll be guest blogging about all sorts of things from forbidden love, to why I sometimes ignore my mother, to what it felt like to get the news that Fallen hit the New York Times Bestseller List. Here’s a list of the blogs where I can be found–and I’ll post what I write here as well: January 11th Beatrice January 12th Through a Glass Darkly January 13th A Patchwork of Books January 14th The Reading Zone January 15th The Children’s Book Review January 20th TeenReads.com January 21st […]
Happy Holidays from Hot Springs, Arkansas where I am spending the week with family and friends. We spent a week in Dallas with my fam hoarding QT with this little longhorn: then drove up to Arkansas to see this little cookie monster: before we head to New Orleans for New Years Eve and then jet back home to L.A. Altogether, a pretty perfect holiday break! It’s been so cool to see copies of Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove under some nearby Christmas trees. I hope everyone is enjoying the break, relaxing with family, and having some holiday cheer. […]
I can’t get enough of this Bridezilla song in the beautiful Fallen trailer from Australia. I am home at my parents’ house for the holidays and last night, I did a reading and signing at Legacy Books in Plano, TX. It was great to promote Fallen and The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove in my home town, in front of so many friends and family members, and at such an amazing bookstore!
The other day, a reader asked me the best question I’ve been asked yet about my books. She’d read a particuarly lovey-dovey scene between Luce and Daniel and she wanted to know whether I really believed that love like that existed in the real world. Of course! I told her. I just found it myself. Today is my husband Jason’s birthday. Because we’re going home to our families in Texas and Arkansas this weekend, he will get not one, but four birthday parties. Today we’re celebrating with a few of his favorite things: The Beatles (we watched disc 5 and […]
This is a Palmetto. It’s being showcased today for two reasons: 1. Because it’s so cold up here in Laurel Canyon right now that I needed to reminded myself that I live in tropical southern California now and not the blustery East Coast. 2. Because this innocent little Palmetto tree plays a very important role in my book, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove. And with all of the excitement yesterday over Fallen’s release (which has been wonderful*), Natalie was getting a little bit…jealous. You know how she is. Always has to be in the limelight. This fabulous review from The […]
Here in rainy Laurel Canyon, we are no long counting down the days until Fallen comes out, we are counting down the hours! It’s been a hugely busy past few weeks: finishing up the first draft of Torment, participating in blog interviews, web chats, and book discussions everyday, picking out what to read at my release day reading at Barnes and Noble in Glendale, CA tomorrow night–all while moving into a new house, unpacking, and starting to settle in. I am so very excited about tomorrow, I think going to sleep tonight is going to feel like going to sleep […]
My mom sent me this old photo today. I think, all those years ago, I was preparing for my future first book reading (which takes place a week from tomorrow at Barnes and Noble in Glendale, CA!). What a captivated audience I had.
I’m a sucker for a good window display. When I lived in New York, I walked past all the big department stores on my way to work and always loved when the holidays rolled around so I could see what Saks, Bendels, and Bergdorf had concocted. Though not quite as elaborate as a Saks display, this one made my week. I’ve been hearing about this poster but haven’t had a chance to see it myself (one of the pitfalls of living across the country). Thanks to my friend Cristin for sending this along!
The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove comes out today! Which means it is a day for revelry, decadence and…well, please don’t kill anyone. Just go out and get the book. And check out this great review on I Heart Monster’s blog. Thanks, I heart Monster!
The last week of October, I went on a six city pre-publicity tour to promote Fallen. Having finally caught up on some sleep and taken a little time to process all of the amazing things that happened, I’ve decided I feel about book tours the same way I feel about roller coasters: They are wild. They are intense. There are moments when you think your stomach will drop out of your body—but as soon as the tour is over, you want to go again. And you wish you’d made a different face when that automatic camera snapped your picture after […]