On Monday, I went to The King's English with Suey, Tori, and Jenni to see Ally Carter. She was promoting her newest Embassy Row book.
I haven't read the Embassy Row or Heist Society books, but I've read all of the Gallagher Girl books, and I enjoyed them.
Here is me and the gang!
Here is Ally giving her spiel. It was short and sweet, and she answered questions for most of the time. It was cool. She talks fast, but you can understand everything she is saying. She was really hilarious and highly entertaining. She had everyone laughing and smiling the whole time. She also had a fun Oklahoma accent that just made her more endearing. It was a fun event!
Here are some things she talked about:
- When she got the idea for her first Embassy Row book, she brainstormed the plot out with Holly Black.
- She has always wanted to write a story about teens that live on Embassy Row. She was intrigued by kids having to grow up on a street with different languages, different culture, where everyone has diplomatic immunity, etc.
- When asked who her favorite couple from her books was, she replied with Mr. Solomon and her. She would really like that. Ha!
- The 10 year anniversary of the Gallagher Girl books is coming up, and they are getting new covers! Ally is in the middle of writing epilogues to add to each book. They will be from a different perspective than Cammie's.
- The hardest book she has had to write is Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy. She still had her day job at that point, and she had to write late into the night and into the morning. She talked about how hard it is to write a sequel. She wrote 3 completely different plots for that book. She kept saying how that book almost killed her.
- Ally's advice for aspiring writers is to write! Don't be afraid of bad words. She related writing to an old hose. You have to let the water run to get the dirty water out.
- She doesn't do a lot of research for her books. She makes up most of the gadgets and names them herself.
- Ally loves to read historical romances. She thinks they aren't that different from what she writes.
Here is Ally signing books! She was so kind and talked to everyone in line.
Group photo with the author!
It was such a fun event! Thanks King's English!