Today we have a special Friday edition of the Penguin Teen Author Spotlight! We’re excited to welcome the amazing author of the Matched trilogy, Ally Condie! The third and final Matched book came out this Tuesday, and we’re sure many of you have already raced through it to find out what was in store for Cassia, Ky, and Xander in REACHED. So whether you’re looking for more from Ally after finished REACHED or still anxiously waiting for your copy to arrive, we’ve got just the thing. Welcome, Ally!
Name: Ally Condie
Novel: Matched Trilogy
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead? This is a really hard question, but if I can really only choose one, I’ll have to say Agatha Christie. I love her dialogue, her settings, and the twistiness of her plots.
What’s your favorite thing about your book? I like the endings of each of the books in the series. It’s fun to take a character to a specific point in their journey and have that sense of arrival…and also that something new might be on the horizon for them.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose? That’s a great question—a lot of people who make great characters would be really uncomfortable to actually spend time with! I’d likely choose Ramona from Beverly Cleary’s books. If I’m on a deserted island, I wouldn’t want to be bored. And Ramona has a good heart.
Where do you write? I write in my office (which is new and exciting—I’ve never had my own office until recently). I have a little table where my kids can color and draw where I’m working, and lots of books.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history? I’m fascinated by Mother Theresa, because of all the good she managed, because of her selflessness, and because of her complicated and very human faith.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted? I do tweet. I’m not sure what the funniest thing I’ve ever tweeted is—but recently I tweeted a picture of my dad with his lucky garden gnome. That was pretty cute.
What is your favorite season? *Either spring or fall! I love sun after snow and leaves in the rain.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go? Is it sad that I would stay on Earth? Because I would. There are so many beautiful things to see here! I would want to go to Prince Edward Island. I’ve wanted to go there since I was a kid and I haven’t managed it yet.
Do you have any writing rituals? I like to listen to a few songs to get me in the mood for writing, and I drink a lot of water while I’m working. Other than that, I’m pretty easygoing.
What is your idea of earthly happiness? My idea of earthy happiness is for my family to be safe, happy, and healthy. I’d like that for the rest of the world as well. On a more achievable level, I love reading snuggled up with my kids.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to? I love true singer/songwriters, so I’d have to say Bruce Springsteen. I love it when music and lyrics come together so well.
What are you currently working on? I’m playing with an idea for a new dystopian novel. It’s a lot of fun in these beginning stages, when I’m getting to know the world and the characters.
Thanks, Ally! We love REACHED, and we can’t wait to see what you write next!
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