Although Matched is one of the newer releases, there is no doubt at all that it belongs on the list for Best I've Read 2010. It is an incredible book that I couldn't put down from start to finish. It's just SO good!
We will be giving away a copy of Matched in our Grand Prize Package here on BCM. You can enter that giveaway HERE. And there is a full list of all of our BIR2010 giveaways on our Current Contests & Giveaways page, found HERE.
We are so very happy to have Ally here with us for an interview today. We hope you enjoy it!
BCM: When did it finally hit you that you were going to be a published author and what did that feel like?
AC: My first book was published in 2006, and I remember getting those books in the mail and just looking at them. Flipping the pages, reading a paragraph here and there. It was totally surreal. I did this same thing when I first saw Matched in book form. Something about holding the actual book in your hands makes you realize: “This is really happening!”
BCM: What scene in Matched was the most difficult for you to write?
AC: The scene right before the final chapter. The final chapter was easier to write—I’d done it fairly early on in the process and then kept tweaking it throughout—but getting everything to line up at the end of the book right before the conclusion took a lot of work.
BCM: Matched is set in the future but things are so simple at times it feels very old fashioned as well. How do you keep a balance between the two?
AC: It was kind of fun to write the world this way, and it was fairly easy to keep the balance because it just felt right. The Society has technology, but they limit how much the people can use, so there was automatically this feeling of a simpler time, even though that simpler time is contrived by the Society.
BCM: Where is the Society located? Is it within the U.S. or elsewhere?
AC: The Society is in the U.S. :-)
BCM: What is your best read of 2010?
AC: I read a lot of great books this year, but one that has really stuck with me is Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Great writing and an excellent story that both parents and kids (and everyone else!) can enjoy.
Thank you for the fun interview, Ally!