Saturday, 15 January 2011

Author Interview: Ally Condie (Matched)

Ally Condie is the author of Matched, a brilliant dystopian book that I absolutely loved. Thanks to my friends at Puffin for setting up this interview - yay!


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.


Related links:


Rachel said...

Cool interview! Ally seems sweet. I didn't love Matched, but I have to admit, I'll still read the sequel when it is released.

Vicki said...

Great interview. I loved Matched too and could definitely see some things are possible in our world! Very excited for Crossed!

rachelmariepratt said...

Have a copy of Matched on my dresser waiting to be read. Also, our writers group began a YA site ( and we're giving away a copy of Matched in celebration of our launch.

Great interview Ally. And so interesting about your husband and the cursive writing. I think there are often areas of our education that are missed. However, I also believe the increase of class sizes and the continuous addition to curriculum has played a huge roll and made learning harder on the students and teaching more difficult for the teachers. Hopefully we will get to a point where the funding for schools match their needs.

Congratulations on your success with Matched and the movie contract! That's very exciting!

All the best!

Stephanie :) (Books Are A Girl's Best Friend) said...

Fantastic interview! I loved Matched ans I really need to write a review of it soon. November next year seems so long away. A movie of the book sounds so exciting :)

Miss Remmers said...

This was one of my favorite books of 2010! I just loved it! I think a movie would be AWESOME! Great interview!

asamum said...

Terrific interview - Thanks Ally & Jenny.
I know what you mean about handwriting becoming a dying art - pupils in school are told to word process their homework not write it out :D

RubyAlison said...

I completely loved Matched so it made me smile to read that she likes Anne Tyler, as Tyler has always been my favorite author.

Francesca said...

Thanks for the interview and the release date if Crossed: I like the second point of view, I hope it will be from Ky :)