Crossed by Ally Condie was released yesterday. In case you didn’t know, it’s the sequel to Matched and it’s very awesome. Ally did a signing at The King’s English bookstore in SLC and I had to go! Yay for another launch party!
Ally recapped some of what I heard at the library signing in August about the book being inspired a lot by the landscape of Southern Utah. Matched was very much Cassia’s book and Crossed is Ky’s book. She joked about the new character Vic being based on her brother-in-law and how her brother-in-law “killed a lot of stuff and then ate it.”
Matched was mainly about poetry and Crossed was more about painting. At first, she didn’t know how she was going to pull it off since the Society had taken away all the things you would need to paint. She was inspired by her mom who paints with pastels. Ally asked her mom why she didn’t use something that lasted longer and her mom replied that she just wanted it to be beautiful while it lasted. It’s the act of creation that changes us.
Random thought: the hardcover has a pretty map and my ARC doesn’t. I’m oddly jealous even though I got to read it two months early.
Here’s the questions I liked for the Q&A part of the night. I’m paraphrasing Ally from my notes and they are NOT direct quotes from her. Just so you know :)
- What was the inspiration for the pictures on the covers? The photographer for the cover is also the model and she added the bubble in later. Also, something is “off” about the title in each of the books. The “A” in Matched is missing a line and the “R” in Crossed is backwards.
- Did you read a lot growing up? I read a lot mostly because of my dad who would have reading parties where we would get a favorite treat and buy a new book. (She waved this off casually like it was normal. My mind was blown. I want to have reading parties. That sounds like the funnest thing ever.)
- What is your favorite National Park? Zions.
- Have you read The Hunger Games? Yes. I loved them. They didn’t influence Matched and Crossed much. 1984 was more of an influence in my writing. But we did tweak the color of the dress that Cassia wears in Matched to be green instead of blue so it wouldn’t be the same as Katniss.
I told Ally that my husband, Justin, was reading Matched because I told him the whole world was like databases to the extreme and my husband is a Database Engineer. She looked up in horror and apologized if he had found anything wrong (he hasn’t). Justin said that Cassia’s job is like a data analyst and I asked if she had done research on databases and stuff for her book. She said her husband helped her with the data entry part of databases and for Cassia’s job.
I’m giving away a SIGNED hardcover copy of Crossed by Ally Condie.
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Giveaway ended December 2011