Ally Condie Finished Draft of First Book Post-Matched

Ally Condie announced via her blog that she’s finished the draft of her first book post-Matched trilogy, tentatively titled Rio.

Shi Cheng, China, photo by Chinese National Geography.

Here’s what she said about the writing process:

Right now we call it RIO but I’m quite sure that that title will change. This book has taken me a full year to draft, which is longer than it takes most people to draft a novel but right on target for me. I’m trying to apologize/angst less about this and just accept that this is how long a story seems to need to me to spend time in it, to get it down and get it right(isn)–there is so much editing and revision ahead, because I am also one of those writers who requires extensive revision.

Here’s the description of Rio from the original press release:

The first book, scheduled for publication in fall 2014, tells the story of Rio, who has waited her whole life for the opportunity to leave her safe, underwater city of Atlantia for life on the surface. But when her life takes an unexpected twist and Rio must remain below, she is left with increasingly dangerous questions about the complex political and religious system constructed to govern the fragile divide between land and sea.


Design Mom Interviews Ally Condie

Ally Condie is talking all the writing, creativity, family, and how she manages it all over at Design Mom!

Ally Condie Matched Trilogy International Book Collection

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!