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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Interview with Perfect Scoundrels Author ALLY CARTER!

Sophie and I are just a little okay, extremely excited for Ally Carter's PERFECT SCOUNDRELS release day today! We're even more excited and acting like complete fangirls over having Ally on the blog today to talk about PERFECT SCOUNDRELS, one of both Sophie and mine's most anticipated books for 2013! This is a book we highly recommend running out and picking up TODAY! Before talk to Ally about our favorite Kat and Hale, here's a little bit about the book.

Published by: Hyperion Teens
Released on: 2/5/13- TODAY
Series: Heist Society #3
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound
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Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark. 

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy. 

I'm excited to welcome one of our favorite authors to the blog, ALLY CARTER!!! 

We get to learn more about Hale's family (and hooray, we're one step closer to learning his full name), what can you tell us about his grandmother, the one that leaves him her fortune?
Hale’s grandmother, Hazel, is probably my favorite character I’ve ever created but didn’t get to write.  Since she passes away at the very beginning of the book (and off-screen) we never get any actual scenes with her, but her character played a tremendous role in this book. 

She is inspired in part by my own great-aunts (The Hale Girls, to whom the book is dedicated).  These were my grandmother’s sisters and as a little girl every family function they attended was always full of life.  They were well into their seventies and would joke about taking off for Vegas or stirring up other kinds of trouble.  I wanted Hale’s grandmother to have that kind of life.  I wanted her to be an outsider in Hale’s world (like he is, in many ways) and for her to have a kind of spunk that made her feel alive long after she passed away.

You know, we ask all the important questions, soooooo are Kat and Hale going to have another kissy scene (or two ;) )? We noticed Hale mentioned he was "taken" in the e-novella (which we adored!), Double Crossed.

To tell you the truth, I honestly don’t remember!  They are much closer in this book, but they also spend a little time on shaky ground.  Basically, Hale and Kat aren’t normal teens; they are never going to have a normal courtship.  But I did want some of those classic new relationship rites of passage to come into play.  Like when Kat’s father “meets” Hale for the first time as Kat’s boyfriend.  They’ve worked together dozens of times, of course, but now that Kat and Hale are dating, according to thief culture, Hale owes Bobby a dozen goats and Bobby intends to collect.

We love Kat and we love how she comes to the aid of people who need her. In the past, she's taken some incredible risks and not just in heists, but with friends and family. If we could ask her what's the one thing that she wishes she could do-over, what would it be?

Kat wants her mother back.  If she could do it again, she’d go back and spend some time with her mom—enjoy being someone’s little girl.  As much as Kat’s father loves her, he never really knew how to relate to a girl.  She was raised more as a peer or a partner, so I think that as soon as Kat lost her mom, she lost her childhood.  It’s not like Kat could go back in time and save her (her mother died of natural causes), but Kat would have enjoyed that time more.  She’d love to steal one of those days back if she could.

We adore Kat and Hale. If they could have an day or two to spend together outside of everything they've been dealing with, what would they do or where would they go to get away from it all?

What a good question!  With their combined resources, it’s safe to say they could do anything, but there’s a line in the book when Hale asks her to fly to Hawaii with him and watch the sun come up on the beach.  That sounds pretty good.  And Kat is pretty tempted.  But, then again, Kat probably burns, so knowing her she’ll probably end up dragging him wherever the next job is.  And Hale will happily go along.

Sophie and I  adore you and your writing! I wish your books were around when I was a tween/teen. Is there a YA author who's writing you've falling in love with as an adult, but wish you had, had when you were a teen?

Thank you!  What a lovely compliment.  Basically, I wish the whole genre had existed when I was a teen.  Sure, we had Nancy Drew and, of course, Judy Blume, but there were also a lot of issue books and books that seemed to be actively trying to teach some valuable life lesson.  It was a lot of After School Special fiction.  So to have a Hunger Games or White Cat or Princess Diaries—to have anything that was both enjoyable and well-written…well, that would have been amazing.

If you could take a writing trip any where in the world, where would you go and why?

Another good question.  I’ve set a lot of things in the Alps but I’ve never actually been there, so that would be great.  Also the Mediterranean Coast keeps calling to me.  And I’ve recently been fighting the urge to go to Costa Rica.  I have no idea how I could make that a writing trip, but I’m sure I could find a way!

What are three writing must haves for you?

It may sound obvious, but the biggest thing for me is time.  I have to do several drafts, and each draft will be vastly different than the one that came before it.  I sincerely wish I could outline and get the plot right from the beginning, but I’m coming to understand that that simply isn’t my process, and I’ll probably never work that way.  I also need quiet.  Sure, I can tune things out and work in the white noise of a busy restaurant, but if there is a loud conversation at the next table, I’m done for.  And something to drink.  I used to guzzle Diet Coke, but now I’m trying to go for straight water.  That was my 2013 resolution, and so far I’m doing decently with it.

Can you tell us what you're working on next? 
The sixth—and final—Gallagher Girls novel.  Look for it in September later this year.

Thank you Ally for stopping by Mundie Moms today! We hope you have a lovely RELEASE Day!!! 

Thank you Disney Hyperion for making this possible! You can follow Ally via her Blog | Website | Twitter | Facebook 

And Ally's going on TOUR! Check out her tour stops here. TX fans, Ally's in Houston tonight! Be sure to go see her at Blue Willow!

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