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What is your inspiration for writing MATCHED?

The inspiration for MATCHED came from a lot of places. The real catalyst was a conversation I had with my husband about marriage in the fall of 2008. He posited the question: What if someone wrote the perfect algorithm for lining people up, and the government used it to decide who you married, when you married, etc.? But the inspiration also came from an experience chaperoning a high school prom when I was teaching and from some more general experiences, like falling in love and becoming a parent.