Second Draft Magic, Turducken Plots, And Writing While Working In Publishing with Author Lauren Kate

The Manuscript Academy Podcast

with Author Lauren Kate


“Reading Lauren Kate’s By Any Other Name is like watching a Nora Ephron movie. It makes the day seem brighter, the world seem more hopeful, and happiness seem possible for everyone. This book is a buoyant celebration of love.” –Jill Santopolo, author of The Light We Lost and More Than Words


We loved talking with Lauren Kate, author of By Any Other Name, a delightful turducken (Julie’s word!) of a rom com with a gorgeous setting, a You’ve Got Mail-esque conflict, and a book within a book.

You’ll never guess where the story came from—how the B characters got so vivid—or why the Darcy-esque male lead is so (purposely, realistically) annoying.

We also talked about sending someone your murdered darlings, writing YA and adult fiction, and how working in publishing informed her life as an author.

Lauren Kate is the #1 New York Times– and internationally bestselling author of nine novels for young adults, including Fallen, which was made into a major motion picture. Her books have been translated into more than thirty languages and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. She is also the author of The Orphan’s Song, her debut adult novel. By Any Other Name is her second adult novel. Kate lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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