Before Ally's signing at Murder By The Book last Wednesday, I had the privileged of sitting down with her (and Kate from Ex Libris) and chatting with her about heists, movies, books, and more. Y'all, she is just as fun as her books are. Ch-ch-check it out!
1. How do you come up with the concepts for the heists? Do movies and books inspire you?
Yes. I've always loved books and movies about heists, especially The Sting. The Sting is a classic. I'm also a fan of Ocean's Eleven. One of the fun things about creating and imagining the heists is I create the security systems, so it's easy for me to figure out how they'll break in because I created the cameras. If you ever want to be a thief, start developing security systems! Not only do I have to con the characters in the books, I also have to con the readers.
2. How do you know so much about art?
Google. Research. I would love to take an art history class one day. Whenever I was writing about the paintings during the Holocaust, I had to do a lot of research. I didn't want to accidently write about a painting that came out in the 1960s. I'm also realizing that I'm reusing a lot of the same artists and should start researching others.
3. Are you ever going to tell us what the W.W. stands for?
Yes...eventually. I'm having too much fun with the mystery. I know what the W.W. stands for but I'm not telling anyone any time soon. Whenever I was writing about Hale's family, I couldn't have them call him Hale in front of Kat. They wouldn't call him that. I had to think of a nick name (Scooter).
4. Is there some place you'd like to write about? A place you'd like the characters to pull a heist?
I'd like to write more about South America. Also, I have a big readership in Australia and New Zealand so possibly there, ya know, as my way of tipping my hat to them. Maybe Eastern Europe. Poland. One of the things about writing these places is I always write about them first and then think oh, I should have traveled there beforehand. Spending time on a yacht in Monaco? I could have written that off as a tax exemption!
5. Will you ever write any of the books from another character's point of view, like Gabrielle's or Hale's?
Possibly. One of the questions people asked me on the last tour is if the Gallagher girls would ever meet the heist society crew. I said I didn't know and now look...there's DOUBLE CROSSED. I had so much fun writing that novella and wouldn't mind continuing it so who knows.
6. How many more books will there be in the Heist Society? Gallagher Girls?
Well, with the Gallagher Girls, it'll be hard to write more considering all the characters die in book 6.
I'M KIDDING! As long as people read them, I'm happy to write them. One of the things going into writing HEIST SOCIETY is I wanted to write a series where it didn't matter if you picked up the third book or the second book. Is this book seven? It doesn't matter because each book has a beginning and has an end. It's something you don't see often in YA because everyone wants the big trilogy. I wanted to write something like Nancy Drew. It's better to read them in order because the relationships develop, but it's not necessary.
Ally, thank you so much for taking the time to answer a few questions for us. Special thanks to Disney Hyperion for putting all of this together and for the fabulous people at Murder By The Book for being so awesome. It's giveaway time. Want a signed copy of HEIST SOCIETY? All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end March 1 and is only open to US participants.
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