Ally Condie is the subject of a fun new profile in The Washington Examiner written by the Associated Press that discussed the success of the Matched Trilogy, but also pays homage to how the best-selling author made her way into the business:
So, with three best-selling books in three years, it appears that Condie, 34, has just suddenly hit the jackpot. In an interview before a recent program for teens in Bethesda, however, Condie is quick to correct the record, noting that she earlier had published five novels for teens with a small, religious-focused publisher, Deseret Book Company in her home state of Utah, before even beginning “Matched.”
In fact, Condie now credits those early novels as a type of apprenticeship that gave her the skills to eventually write her best-selling trilogy.
“The editors there [at Deseret Book] were the first ones to see some promise in me, and I’m grateful,” Condie added.
Read the full profile here!
Ally Condie recently spoke to Amazon.com’s book blog Omnivoracious all about the Matched Trilogy, writing, and reading! Check it out!
Ally Condie is talking all the writing, creativity, family, and how she manages it all over at Design Mom!
International Book Collection in Ally’s Office
Here’s a hilarious snippet:
Q: What’s your earliest memory of being creative…and how was your attempt received by your family?
A: My earliest memory of being creative was of writing a story about pregnant unicorns. I dictated it to my (very patient) babysitter and she was lovely about it. I think that, in my young mind, the only thing better than plain old unicorns were those with the ability to give birth to EVEN MORE unicorns! I don’t remember reading it to my family or sharing it with them, but the fact that it was lovingly preserved in my box of childhood artifacts all these years speaks volumes. (Thanks, Mom!)
Read the full interview here!
Squeaky Books recently interviewed author Allie Condie about saying goodbye to the trilogy, writing, international publication and weird fan questions. Also, Allie did a fun mad-lib at the end of the interview.
What was the biggest thing you felt when you finished Reached? Was it hard to say “goodbye” to the trilogy? I know you recently said on your blog that you were writing something new, but did you have things in mind even before you finished the Matched books?
*The biggest thing I felt was bittersweet. It’s hard to say goodbye, but at the same time it feels like the story continues beyond the pages. It was my job to take the characters to a certain point…and then let them go. And that was a bit sad and exciting all at once. And yes, I did have ideas in mind for new stories even before I finished this trilogy. I am always getting new ideas. But I didn’t let myself really explore anything until I was done with REACHED–I’d take notes and write bits of a scene here and there, etc., but that was all.
You can check out the rest here! Also, in addition to the interview, there’s a link to a giveaway hosted by The Shangri La of Books. You can enter here.
What are your thoughts on the nearing end of the Matched trilogy?