Welcome, readers, to my first ever blog tour! And what better way to start than by hosting the fabulous Lauren Kate? She's been working very hard these past few weeks putting together all kinds of interviews and guest posts for the tour (which has been marvellously organised by the lovely folks at Random House Children's Books), so for her stop here I thought I'd lighten things up and have a bit of fun...
Welcome, Lauren! Okay, let's start with a few quick-fire questions!
Blue or green?
Green. I love the green M&M’s!
Coffee or tea?
I usually drink both each day. I drink a lot of green tea and jasmine tea, but got totally hooked on English tea during my Torment tour in the fall. (Hooray!)
Vanilla or chocolate?
Evenings in or nights out?
Reading or writing?
Tough one. Reading is generally more enjoyable - and much more relaxing. And it’s essential to be able to write. But I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t write...
Luce or Arriane?
Luce. While writing Fallen, I might have said Arriane, but these days, I’ve grown very close to Luce.
Thanks! That gives us a bit of a snapshot of Lauren Kate, the woman, I think! Now, moving on to Lauren Kate, the author...
What do you always have on hand to snack on while you're writing?
Heaps of dry cereal. Almost any kind - no Fruity Pebbles though. (Hmmm, I don't think we have those here but they don't sound very appetising!)
What's your favourite way to unwind after you finish work for the day?
Cooking. It’s the best way I know how to unwind. It’s mind-clearing and hands-on: the opposite of writing.
What helps you settle down for a writing session? Do you have a kind of ritual before you start, or do you just switch on the computer and go?
I like to go for a run with my dog before I write each morning. I do a lot of plotting in my mind that way. I learned that from Joyce Carol Oates!
Do you find it more fun to write the 'good guys' or the 'bad guys'? Maybe Cam and Molly are a naughty way to unleash your dark side?!
Oh, bad, definitely. Cam writes himself!
Are there any authors, YA or otherwise, whose latest books always go straight onto your 'must-read' list?
I love Suzanne Collins, Frances Hardinge and Louis Sachar.
If you were a guardian angel, what amazing superpower (other than flight!) would you like to have to make your duties easier (and life more fun!)?
I just want to fly!