Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Guest Post:Lauren Kate + Giveaway

Guest Post: Lauren Kate Q&A

I’d like to thank Lauren Kate for taking the time to answer my questions.

In honor of Young adults, I wanted to have a themed Q&A. There are three (kind of four) categories – Books, Movies/TV shows, and Music.

What books were influential to you or popular in your teen years?
When I was in middle school, all my friends and I were reading The Babysitters Club books, The Sweet Valley High books, anything by Louis Sachar or Roald Dahl. I also secretly devoured all the Clan of the Cave Bear books, which were really very smutty. In high school, I loved The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

Do you recommend any of those books now?
All of them! Particularly Dahl, Dickens, and Fitzgerald.

Movies/TV shows
What were your favourite movies?
Sixteen Candles and the Breakfast Club (in high school, people always told me that I looked like Molly Ringwald). My friends and I loved Dazed and Confused, So I Married an Ax Murderer, and The Princess Bride. I also used to watch Gone With the Wind with my mom every year on Thanksgiving.

What were your favourite TV shows, and do you miss any of them?
I miss My So Called Life so much—and I know I’m not alone in this! Jordan Catalano was the biggest stud of all time. I also watched a lot of MTV and I long for the days of awesome music videos.

Which do you like better, movies and TV then or now?
I’m not sure I could pick. I’d definitely pick My So Called Life over any reality show today, or really any show ever. But I love The Office (UK version only!) and Gossip Girl and The Colbert Report nowadays. As for movies, new releases like Hot Tub Time Machine and Inglorious Bastards can definitely hang with all my favourites from childhood.

What were some songs you liked or were popular?
I was in high school during a grunge and punk era, so we loved Pearl Jam, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Green Day. I was also big into Madonna and Gwen Stefani. To this day, my go-to karaoke song is Spiderweb by Gwen Stefani.

Which do you like better, music now or then?
With music (more so than with movies, books, or TV), I have a very strong sense of nostalgia related to the songs of my youth. A Pearl Jam song will remind me of the first car ride I took with a boy, Time of Your Life by Green Day reminds me of my high school graduation. Even though there’s some amazing music coming out these days, it can’t compete with the memories I have tied to all those songs from the 80’s and 90’s!

Additional Question
Is there anything else that really influenced you growing up?
My older brother. Robby is two years older than me and I worshipped him growing up. (I still do, really, but in a different way now.) For so much of my childhood, I thought everyone in the whole world thought of me as Robby’s little sister. I was always trying to keep up, to do as well as he did in school, play the same sports, and all of that. I definitely have younger child syndrome! But, even though he did leave very big shoes to fill, Robby was always, always kind to me. He always included me, always let me hang out with him and his friends, and I never realized how special that was until I got older.


Contest Update: I've changed the rules of the contest, as well as the deadline(again... for the very last time). For those who have already entered, I will add 1 extra point to each entry. I also garantee that I will select atleast one winner from the set of people that have already entered.

Thanks to the people at Random House (aka Lauren), aside from being able to interview the awesome author of Fallen and Torment (out September 28, 2010), I also get to throw a contest! 5 winners will get a copy of Torment (amazing right?)!! 3 winners will be from the UK, and 2 International (aka everywhere else).

To enter, you must go somewhere on the internet, such as a blog (must be your own), Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and tell me why you liked Fallen, or why you're excited for Torment. You MUST also be a follower of my blog.

Extra entries include:

+1 - Commenting on Lauren Kate's Guest post here

+3 - Blog post on contest

+1 - Linking giveaway on sidebar or tweeting

To enter fill out this form


  1. Love the interview, very unique questions :)

  2. Awesome interview and giveaway. Thanks so much!

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  4. Great interview! it must be awesome to interview Lauren Kate. :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. oooh Lauren Kate Interview was awesome. The Princess Bride is a good movie.

  6. Great interview! The giveaway is a totally plus too. The trailer for the new book was also awesome. I would love to see a movie about these books sometime in the future.

  7. I love this interview! I loved the same things as Lauren and totally agree about the music! Brings back so many memories!

  8. Great interview! I totally forgot about My So-Called Life! Claire Daines! Jared Leto! Hahaha.

    Thanks for the giveaway! SQUEEE. I seriously cannot wait to read Torment. I'm dying here. Need my Daniel fix, NOW! :D

  9. Wow, Gossip girl! If it isnt my dirty little secret too:)) It seems you also have a very good taste in movies so I think I will see Hot tub machine and Inglorious bastards very soon...
    Thanks for giveaway contest!

  10. You are such an awesome author! Hahaha! Thanks for the give away! :-)

  11. I absolutely love Fallen and I can't wait to read Torment!
    This is an awesome giveaway!

  12. I love Louis Sachar. All his books are great. Also, The Giver is another fave. This was a great interview. I liked it.

  13. Lauren Kate is so down to earth. This is an eye-opening interview. Thanks!

  14. Awesome guest post-- I loved the questions and the answers were so relatable! I know a lot of people who are fans of Gwen Stefani, haha.

  15. That was a quick interview but awesome, anyway <3

  16. ooh, I loved the answers, and very cool questions! great interview!

  17. I've had Fallen on hold at the library forever! Hopefully I get it soon so I can read them both at the same time!!

  18. I haven't read Fallen, yet, but I've read the blurb online and the plot sounds great! Plus, the video for Fallen and Torment look amazing.

    Love the interview Q&A, Lauren... when it comes to music, I get nostalgic when I listen to certain songs, too.

  19. Great interview I loved fallen and so much want to read torment!

  20. Thanks for posting this interview! It was really interesting and I am looking forward to Torment!

  21. Thanks for the interview! I looooved Fallen and can wait to read Torment! ^^

  22. this interview is amazing it lets you know about the authors life. I love fallen and have been waiting forever for torment to come out!!!!

  23. It so nice to get to know the author behind the books! Can't wait to read Torment, loved Fallen.


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