Friday, June 17, 2011

Lauren Kate

Lauren Kate came to Kepler’s on Tuesday to launch the third in her Fallen series, Passion. Local fans had voted to bring her to the Bay Area and many had driven a long way to see her. One father and daughter had driven two and a half hours to get there (only admitting this when asking for a photo). We had an eager audience of about 50, many arrived early, and all came with questions.

A little background: Lauren grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. Her experience of the “Old South” in the Atlanta area inspired her to set Fallen in a Civil War era academy. Her themes are rooted in theology although Lauren certainly plays around with the idea of what an angel is supposed to be. Much of Torment is set on the mendicino coast and she says it’s close to her heart because she got engaged there. And Passion gives us backstory about our two main characters. She told her audience that Cam is based a little on her husband (and that he reads drafts of her work and says things like, “I wouldn’t do that”) and that she’s seen her next book cover and it is wonderful.

She really was charming and gracious, answering every question, posed for photos with almost everyone in line, and signed all our back stock. AND she gave out nail polish to her readers! Squee! Doesn't get better than this.

1 comment:

Nikki-ann said...

I wish we'd get visits from authors like Lauren Kate around here! Sounds like a great time was had by all :)

I enjoyed reading Passion a couple of weeks ago.