Lauren Kate Interview & Giveaway!

I am very pleased to say that we have Lauren Kate with us on the blog today who will be answering some of our questions! Her newest novel, The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove, was recently released on 6th January.

You can find out more about Lauren Kate and her books at, follow her on Twitter @laurenkatebooks or 'Like' her Fallen novels on Facebook.

Describe your book in 5 words.
Nothing's more twisted than fate. 

Who would you like to see as the main cast if The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove got made into a movie/ tv adaptation?
I'm loving Lucy Hale in Pretty Little Liars. She could do conniving well, I think!

Were any of the characters or their traits inspired by people you know?
This book is more autobiographical than any of the books I've written--not in terms of the plot (no homecoming-related murders up my sleeve, happy to say) but in terms of the social atmosphere and the motivations of some of the characters. My high school social strata was cut-throat and intense and I've always wanted to write about it. The Jessamine corsages that all the girls are obsessed with wearing? That's straight out of my junior year of high school.

What kind of research did you need to do for The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove?
Besides, surviving high school? Betrayal is Macbeth retold from Lady Macbeth’s point of view and set in a high school much like my own. I poured over Macbeth and found so much beauty and inspiration in Shakespeare's character dynamics.

Some authors do certain things while they write like listen to music etc. Do you have to do anything like this while you write?
More when I revise. If I'm drafting new material, I can't hear lyrics or I get all screwed up, but sometimes I'll listen to classical music. I like Debussy. When I revise I'll have Pandora on in the background, often on the Lucinda Williams station.

What is your favourite book of all time and why?
Today, I say Lolita, because I am reading Nabokov's autobiography at the moment and am stunned by his genius anew. But ask me again tomorrow. 

Are there any other YA authors that you admire?
An ever-increasing number! But recently: Phillip Pullman, Margo Lanagan, Brenna Yovanoff, Maureen Johnson, Frances Hardinge, John Stevens, and Suzanne Collins. 

When did you know that you wanted to be a writer?
When I gave up my dreams of being a principal ballerina around the age of 13. I was told I didn't have the right shaped feet.

We also have one copy of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove to give away!

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Contest closes at midnight GMT on Saturday 5th February.
Winner will be picked by and notified by email. Failure to provide a mailing address within 48 hours will result in another winner being drawn.

Good Luck!


  1. Wow, I'm amazed that this book is in part autobiographical, just the phrase 'cut-throat' made me shudder. Really can't wait to read this one.

  2. I hated Natalie with a passion. This would be a great resource for the library thank you for the giveaway :D


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