Monday, February 11, 2013

Interview + Giveaway With Ally Carter

Ally and me at ATBF last year.

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.

Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor.

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  1. Going to have to pick this series up to read this summer.

  2. Great giveaway and interview! This is one of the few chic-fics I read. <3 I love Hale.

  3. I need to read this series! It looks amazing!

  4. I am going to start The Heist Society (thanks to Lena's recommendation!) in order but it's nice to hear that you can pick up a book anywhere in the series. I adored Nancy Drew when I was a kid.

  5. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! Looking forward to this read!

  6. I love that she is writing The Heist Society novels as stand alones that are connection. I really love that in a series.

  7. I love her books!!! And I have so many students that really love them! Thanks for sharing meeting her!

  8. Writing about fictional heists sounds like a lot of fun! I love Ocean's Eleven too, but I still can't wrap my mind around how the writers made that up.

  9. I love her Gallagher Girls books! I have been looking forward to reading this series soon.

  10. This sounds like a great series to start after I fnish a few books on my to read shelf... Thanks for the chance!

  11. I've heard good things about Heist Society! I recently bought the first book. Can't wait to start.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  12. I love Heist and GG

  13. I cannot wait for the 6# book in the series of GG. Ohh, and the Heist Society? I can't wait to get my hands on the whole series either.

  14. I have really been loving this series and GG.

  15. I have yet to read any of Ally Carter's books, BUT they sound fantastic! She sounds really clever too, especially since she comes up with all these crazy scenarios for her books :)

  16. Definitely going to pick up this series since the synopsis sound so good =D

  17. HAHA ally's response for question 6! (please don't kill them all ally!)

  18. Hey Ally- I loved the Gallagher Girls book I read and I'd loved to read more. You make me laugh so much! Thanks!


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