Hi! My name is Ally Condie, and I’m the author of Matched (Nov. 2010) and Crossed (coming November 2011). I’m also the mom of three boys, a former high school English teacher, and a big fan of Neil Diamond, food, running, and reading.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
The world of Matched is one that is rather similar to our own, with some disconcerting differences. There’s a nice shiny veneer on everything, but dark and disturbing things lie beneath.
What should readers know before stepping into your world?
Not much! That sounds like a cop-out answer, but I do really like it when people have a chance to read the book without knowing too much about it beforehand. I don’t ever want to give away too much because I am a complete spoiler-phobe myself.
Will this be your first time attending BEA or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
I’ve been to BEA just once–and that was last year. I’m really excited to be going back! I think my only advice for those going for the first time would be to wear really comfortable shoes. The Javits Center is vast and you will do a lot of walking (and maybe even some running!) to see everything/everyone you want to see.
Are you speaking on any panels during BEA? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?
To my knowledge, I’m not speaking on any panels at BEA–but I am signing (which I love–it’s so fun to get to meet people, even briefly, who care so much about books). My trip to BEA is fairly quick and I’m only actually at the event for one day–have to get back to my kids, who are very small!–so I will have to see what I can catch before I have to head to the airport.
If someone wanted to meet up with you at BEA, who should they look for?
I’ll probably be a) smiling from ear to ear because I’m so excited to be there and b) carrying a giant bag that pretends to be a purse. It’s a habit I can’t shake since I’m a mom of toddlers.
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