Interview with Ally Carter

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Ally Carter is the author of The Gallagher Girl series and the Heist Society series. She was kind enough to do an interview with me for www.yareads.com. You can find more information about Ally carter at her website and her blog.

Let’s start out with some ice breakers:

What is your favorite foreign accent?

I’m a sucker for the Brits.

What is your favoite candy?

Peanut M&Ms have never done me wrong.

  • What is your favorite breakfast cereal?

When I was a kid I LOVED Honeycomb cereal.  I haven’t had it in years, but I still equate it with being very, very good.

Now let’s get down to business:

What inspired you to write The Gallagher Girls series?

I was watching the TV show ALIAS one night while multitasking and I misunderstood what was happening in the episode.  I thought it was a flashback of when some of the characters attended a boarding school for spies.  As it turns out, I was totally wrong, but from that point forward I couldn’t stop thinking about what it would be like to go to that school.  That’s when I knew I had to write that story.

Are you intending to start another series after The Gallagher Girls series is finished?

I am.  I’m not 100% certain what that will be just yet, but I’m sure that I will add something else to the pile once GG is off my plate.  What can I say?  I’m a glutton.

What are you currently working on?

Heist Society 3 is my current project.  We don’t have a title or a release date quite yet, but it will be out in early 2013.  I’m really excited and hope everyone will be eagerly waiting to see what Kat and Hale will get up to next.

Just wondering- who is your favorite character in The Gallagher Girls series?

It’s almost impossible for me to choose a favorite.  Cammie is probably the most like me, but I’m so genuinely fond of her friends—they feel like my friends—that I really can’t imagine that series without any of them.

Who do you most relate to in both The Heist Society and The Gallagher Girl series?

I honestly don’t relate to one over the other.  Even though Kat and Cammie are quite different in very fundamental ways, they are both alike in many ways—and those are the things that they both probably have in common with me.  We were all raised in male-oriented family businesses.  We all hold family in high esteem.  And we all are very flummoxed by boys much of the time.

In your two series, Heist Society and Gallagher Girls, who do you like better, Hale or Zach?

I think both Hale and Zach are great matches for the heroines of their respective series.  But for me personally, when choosing between the boy who has been trained as an assassin and a billionaire with his own jet the choice is fairly clear.

What is currently in your To-Be-Read pile?

BLACK HEART by Holly Black, THE THIEF series by Megan Whalen Turner, and I can’t wait to dig into third RAISED BY WOLVES book, TAKEN BY STORM, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes,