What inspired the wonderful world of Matched?
Matched was inspired by several experiences—specific ones, like a conversation with my husband, chaperoning a high school prom, and noticing the loss of the ability to write in some parts of our society—and general ones, like falling in love and becoming a parent.
Do you think our society could ever end up this way in the future?
I hope not! But there are some things I do see as possible. For example, many of us can type and text message, but handwriting is becoming a bit of a lost art (I noticed this as a teacher, and my husband, for example, was never taught cursive and cannot write it).
If your freedom and personal choice was taken away from you, how do you think you'd cope?
I would find it absolutely stifling. I would probably take to making up stories in my mind on an even greater level than I do now. ;) Most of all, however, I would worry about my children and would want to help them find outlets for their creativity somehow.
Xander or Ky: who would you choose?
I can't. And this is because I put half of my favorite things about my husband in Ky and half in Xander. Of course, they are still their own characters, but I tried to make them very equal and yet very different.
Can you tell us anything about the next book in the series?
Yes! At least in the US, the title is CROSSED and the release date is November 1, 2011. And it will be told from Cassia's point of view, and someone else's too. :)
I hear that movie rights have recently been sold to Disney. What are your thoughts on this? Do you have an ideal cast in mind?
I'm very excited about the movie rights being sold. The producers, Disney, and the screenwriters are all amazing and I can't wait to see what they come up with for the movie. I don't have an ideal cast in mind, but it would be awesome if Nathan Fillion could be someone's dad. ;)
What are some of your favourite books we should all be reading?
Well, it's no secret that I adore anything by Agatha Christie, particularly her autobiography. I also love Wallace Stegner and Anne Tyler. Some favorite YA/middle grade titles I've read this year are: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin, Everything is Fine by Ann Dee Ellis, and the final book in the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull.
- Book site: Matched-Book.com
- UK publisher's site: Puffin
- My review: Matched by Ally Condie