Lauren Kate grew up in Dallas, went to school in Atlanta, and started writing in New York. She is the author of the New York Times best-selling 'Fallen' series, the novel 'The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove' and a collection of short stories known as 'Fallen in Love'. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages. The 'Fallen' series required many months of theological research on Kate's part and she has stated that the idea for the series came from a line in Genesis that she came across whilst studying the Bible in graduate school in California. She currently resides in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen and learn how to surf.
Author's Comment: Q: What's your daily writing routine like? A: Usually, when I get up in the morning, I take my dog for a run... I've found that it's really helpful to clear my head, and to focus myself. By the time I'm finished running, usually I have the first paragraph of what I'm gonna write that day mapped out - that's usually the hardest part for me, to get a little bit of momentum. So that way, when I sit down, I'm ready to go. I turn off my phone, I turn off my e-mail alerts, I turn off everything, and I just write for about 6 hours and then I'm totally brain dead. Usually, to unwind, on an average night, I love to cook. It's very hands-on and also mindless. I don't have to think - I can just zone out, watch TV, do something with my hands - it's very different from writing. Then I wake up the next day, and do it all over again. [Source]