Here’s a little recap from the Ally Condie event this past Wednesday!
The majority of the we had Q&A with Ally which was so much fun! She’s incredibly nice and it really felt like we were just having a dialogue. She used to be a high school teacher (before she had her first child) so she felt totally natural being up in front of a crowd and it was so nice.
Um… I didn’t take very good notes on this questions? But I actually got the chance to ask her a question which was how long it usually takes her to write a first draft. I’m still in the wake of being entirely upset with NaNo so I while I was admittedly a little bitter still, I’m trying to actually come up with a better-suited story line for me to actually take my time on so I was entirely curious to talk to an actual author and see how long her first drafts take her! She responded with about 9 months for a fully readable first draft so that also made me feel like PHEW. I think I can actually take my time on a novel and with the right topic, do it right.
We got to hear how Ally came up with the idea for Matched (based on a Junior Prom she once chaperoned combined with a discussion between her and her husband about marriage) and so the idea was born!
Ally also said that as far as covers go, she has no say in the matter, but she really does love them! I guess the girl on the front cover is actually the photographer. She takes self-portraits and then they get turned into the covers that we see. I thought that was really interesting!
I always love meeting authors whose books I enjoy, but it’s also great to meet authors whose books I haven’t read yet (or in this case, the middle of the series). I think meeting someone first and then being able to read their work, you really get to see a lot more of their personality in the book so I’m really looking forward to reading Reached!