3 S.R. Johannes: Bookanistas - A "Matched" Made in Heaven (Ally Condie)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Bookanistas - A "Matched" Made in Heaven (Ally Condie)

Today, I interviewed Ally Condie for her new book, Matched, coming this fall.

In honor of our Twitter Agent Pitch Contest, I did it a little different and kept Ally's answers in Twitter (short) form. Am I smart or what?

What I loved about Matched....
I loved the world Ally created and was impressed that even though the world is different from today, she did not get bogged down in details and make it too convoluted. It just seemed natural.

And hello - is the cover gorgeous or what? I love the green and it is so relevant when you read the book.

What could be wrong with this book? It's got a cool cover, 2 hot boys (yay!), adorable girl, cool new world, a little action, and great writing. Oh yeah, and I've met Ally and she is super sweet too!

Here's what Ally had to say...

Hey Ally, give us your author bio in a twitter post.
I'm an author, a mom to three boys, and a former high school English teacher.Love reading, running, and listening to my husband play guitar.

Tell us about Matched in a twitter pitch.
MATCHED is the story of Cassia-who, on her 17th birthday, finds out who her government (the Society) has selected as her perfect mate.

What inspired the story for Matched?
Several things came together to make me think of the idea for MATCHED: an experience I had chaperoning a prom back when I was a teacher, the computer match dances that were popular when I was young, and several conversations about the role of government in private life.

Can you explain how the process changed for you from earlier books until now? Maybe give us a glimpse into your progression as a writer.
I think the biggest change in my process has been allowing myself permission to write non-linearly. It used to be that I would write scenes in chronological order. Now I write whatever I want, when I want, and then go back and fix it. This has been really freeing and helpful for me as a writer.

What do you know now that you wish you knew when you first started writing?
I know now (and wish I'd known then) that it is okay to walk away. To step back from a book for hours, weeks, months, and let it rest. Sometimes I feel so driven to finish something that I can't see the big picture until I take a break. Giving myself permission to do that has made a big difference.

Was there ever a time when you felt like giving up? Why didn’t you?
I did. It was December of 2008. A book I had worked very hard on--a book the publisher had asked me to write--was scrapped. I had a super cute new baby and thought, "Maybe it's time to take a few years off from writing." But, as is the case with most writers, I couldn't do it. I had to keep writing a little each day because it is part of me.

What have you learned about promoting books in your publication journey? What worked well for you? What was a waste?

I have very little knowledge about promoting books. . In the end, all I can really control is writing the best story I can write. That's pretty much my focus. That's not to say I don't blog, facebook, twitter, etc. But thinking of creative marketing plans is something my brain just doesn't do very well. What does work well for me is paying attention to teenagers. Noticing what they read. Listening to what they say. In the end, I have to write something that is relevant and interesting to them so they will want to read it. And buy it.

What is one of your biggest fears?

I don't love flying on airplanes. But I'll do it. To promote my book. Hey! That's something I do to market my books! ;)

Thanks Ally!

Thanks Shelli
You can follow Ally's blog or on Twitter.

Here are the other reviews going on at the Bookanistas today:

25 comments:

雲亨雲亨雲亨 said...

很喜歡看看別人的生活故事,謝謝您的分享哦~~............................................................

L.J. Boldyrev said...

I can not tell you how much I LOVE THIS BOOK! It is amazing. One of my all time favorites. A must read by all.
I'll definitely check out Ally's other books. Fan for life.

Sarah Olutola said...

I want to read this book SO BAD! Great interview! Really inspirational (I ought to try writing non-linearly)

Janelle said...

I'm on an ARC tour for this, and now i can't WAIT for my turn!!! Looks really good!! :o)

KM said...

I think this is the book I'm most looking forward to this fall. And I'm obsessed with the cover! SO BEAUTIFUL! I can't wait until this one comes out! And your interview was great. She sounds like a really cool person. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Awesome interview! Ally is the nicest person ever -- and I can't wait to read Matched!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Love it love it love it! Fantastic interview! Ally was so sweet in person. So cool to learn more about her.

Amy Jo Lavin said...

Great interview! I can't wait to read this book!

Sara B. Larson said...

I love Ally, she is so sweet! Her book is amazing, isn't it? I can't wait to own it. :) Thanks for the review and interview.

Christine Fonseca said...

I really need to read this book! Great interview.

Shannon Whitney Messenger said...

Loved this interview. So many pearls of wisdom in those short answers. Thanks for sharing!

And I seriously cannot WAIT to read Matched. OMG I am dying to read it. ;)

吳婷婷 said...

真是太猛了,請受小弟一拜Orz(>O<)......................................................

Myra McEntire said...

Stepping away - terrific advice. Great interview!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great interview. I've heard such great things about Matched. I can't wait to read about it. I like how you try to focus on things you can control. I'm trying to focus more on that too. Thanks.

Susan R. Mills said...

Can't wait for it to come out! Great interview!

Spav said...

Great interview. I can't wait to read this book! October seems so far away ...

Carolyn V. said...

Great interview Shelli! I'm so excited for your book Ally! It's going to be great! =)

Jemi Fraser said...

Awesome concept - can't wait to read this one!

Christina Farley said...

I so want to read this book. Love the twitter style interview. Clever!

angel28140 said...

Great interview and congratulations. I can't wait until Matched is released.

-Lisa B.

Hardygirl said...

I LOVED this book! And, yay!!! She's coming to Oxford this spring.

sf

Melissa said...

Great interview!

I can't wait for Matched to be released! I've heard so many great things about it:)

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楊儀卉 said...

Practice what you preach.............................................................

楊儀卉 said...

上班好累哦,看看部落格轉換心情~~~先謝謝啦!!..................................................................