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ask me a question. please.

So every writing brain cell I have is being spent on this revision. Every cell. All five of them. And I am traveling next week, and I want to write next Tuesday’s post before I go. And I was reading the comments from the last post and Karen had a really great question, and I wondered, do any of the rest of you have questions for me? Then I could answer them for my next post. (And Karen, I will totally answer your question, of course.)

Any takers?

In other news, the ceiling literally caved in on us today. Bonus: the kids have been incredibly intrigued by all the repairmen and like to follow them around and stare at them. I bet they love it. What I bet even more is that my husband loves that my littlest boy has started calling the most impressive of the workmen “Dad.”




+ comments (18)
  • Karenof4
    November 5, 2010

    As a mother and wife, how do YOU balance all your life responsibilities with writing? I’m always interested in learning how other moms do it. Thank you! 🙂



  • Lynsey Newton
    November 5, 2010

    Have you got the ideas all mapped out for the next 2 books in the Matched trilogy or are you working it out as you write? I’m interested to know if you sat down to write Matched and knew exactly what was going to happen from start to finish from the get-go or whether you’re making it up as you go along 😉



  • Sue Bowman
    November 5, 2010

    Will you be doing any book signings anywhere NW Arkansas? If not I would like
    to purchase Matched signed but not sure
    where or if that is possible.



  • RemildaGraystone
    November 5, 2010

    Wow. It’s not everyday I hear about ceilings caving in, and that sounds really cool but really scary at the same time. Glad everyone’s fine.

    As for my question, What was the most surprising thing to happen to you after Matched was snatched up by a publisher? And what’s the most exhausting thing about being a published author? Also, I don’t know if you answered this in a post–that I have missed, if you did–but where did the idea come from?

    I know that’s more than one question, but you don’t have to answer all of them.

    Thanks.



    • ally
      November 6, 2010

      It was kind of cool. It started sagging first so we knew it was coming and were out of the way. No one got hurt. Thank goodness!



  • Karen_St_Louis
    November 5, 2010

    Can I ask a second question? (Thanks!)

    There’s been a lot of buzz about Matched, and I’m wondering whether that’s making you feel like you’re under pressure to perform well as you write the sequel(s.) And if so, does that sort of pressure stimulate you or intimidate you? (Hope that’s not too personal.)

    We’ve had our share of repairmen being followed around by a troop of small children… Hope the ceiling repair isn’t too expensive or traumatic!



    • ally
      November 6, 2010

      Yes, you can ask a second question! And I will even answer it too! 😉



  • Emy Shin (Sandy)
    November 5, 2010

    Yikes. I’m sorry about the ceiling caving in, and hope that everybody is all right.

    I’d like to echo Megan’s question. And also: How long does it take for you to start a project after you get the initial idea?



  • Sara B. Larson
    November 5, 2010

    Oh wow, bummer about the ceiling. Was it in the kitchen or somewhere else? I seem to remember you having work done on your kitchen ceiling last year but maybe I’m totally cucoo. (Is that even how you spell that?) anyway… I’m sure your boys are loving it. That’s hysterical about son#3, I’m sure DH LOVES that. 😉

    As for a question… how about… what’s your favorite meal that DH makes for you?



    • ally
      November 6, 2010

      No, somewhere else. Kitchen is fine. Wahoo!



  • Beth smith
    November 6, 2010

    I was curious, how come no one in Cassia’s society has ever fallen in love or felt attracted to someone that was ineligible to be matched for the past five generations?
    Its just knowing human emotions, and how unstable they are, its hard to believe Cassia is the first one to feel the way she does.



    • ally
      November 6, 2010

      Beth, I’m going to answer your question here as it’s a tiny bit spoilery. Hope that’s okay. The answers to a lot of this will be in Book 2 (how the Society has managed to squelch so much emotion, and, in fact, how they’ve been covering up the fact that they haven’t been able to eradicate it all). Hope that helps! 🙂



  • Ruth
    November 6, 2010

    I keep hearing about how stressful it is when you get an agent and/or get published. So my question: Is it worth it? I love writing but I wonder if some of the joy is gone when you are under so much pressure.



  • Beth smith
    November 7, 2010

    Thanks so much for answering the question Ally. I was really curious about that.



  • SuperReaderGirl
    November 7, 2010

    Yikes about the roof. Wow. Glad everyone’s okay and it wasn’t the kitchen. 🙂 I’m not going to ask any questions here since I’m doing an interview w/you (you should be getting the questions tomorrow)! I hope your brain cells and revisions are doing alright! SO excited for Matched #2!!!!



  • KarenHansen
    November 8, 2010

    Has your life changed any as you prepare for your book release? Do you expect it to change any after?

    I LOVED Kind’s English! What a cute book store. I wish it was 700 miles closer, I would love to attend one of your signings. <3



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  • Rosa
    November 26, 2012

    I know that you will not have a part in the casting of the film but I thought it would be amazing if there were any casting calls for more unknown actors/actresses to audition?




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