Kate was raised in Dallas, Texas, and attended college in Atlanta, Georgia and started writing in New York.. Kate has stated that her experience of the "Old South" in the Atlanta area inspired her to set Fallen in a Civil War era academy .Kate has stated that her high school did not provide the basis for Sword and Cross in the Fallen series. In fact, she based the high school setting of The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove on the Dallas high school she attended.The Fallen series employs Kate's many months of theological research. She has stated she got the idea for the series from a line in Genesis that she came across whilst studying the Bible in graduate school in California.Kate currently lives in Los Angeles. She lives in Laurel Canyon with her husband and hopes to work in a restaurant kitchen, get a dog, and learn how to surf.
Lauren Kate is an internationally bestselling author of young adult fiction. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages and include The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove and Fallen, which reached #3 on The New York Times Best Seller List for children's chapter books on January 8, 2010. As of Wednesday, April 6, 2011, Fallen had spent one year and four months--with brief interruptions--on the List.Torment, the sequel to Fallen, was released on 28 September 2010. It debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List (Fallen came in at # 2), remaining at that position through the week of October 17. The paperback edition of Fallen debuted at #1 on the list, as well. The third book in the Fallen series, entitled Passion, was released on June 14, 2011. A new edition of Natalie Hargrove was also released on the same day. as the paperback edition of Torment. On June 23, Passion reached Number 7 on the USA Today Bestseller List, for books overall. On July 3, 2011, Passion qualified the Fallen books for the Series section of the New York Times Bestseller List; it entered the List at Number 2, behind The Hunger Games books.