I’m very excited to announce that author Kay Cassidy has stopped by for an interview! I reviewed her book, The Cinderella Society back in November, and I absolutely adored it. Now here’s a bit about Kay.
Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM web project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, movies, music, and reading. Lots and lots of reading. She hopes her debut YA novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY (April 13, 2010 – Egmont), will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.
Also here’s a bit about The Cinderella Society, in case you haven’t heard all about this fab book!
What a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn’t want to wear it anymore?
Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it’s like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys’ magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she’s finally found her chance to fit in.
Then the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch-enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there’s more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.
Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn’t want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?
Now here’s for the questions!
A Cindys are a great group always doing good and the message of The Cinderella Society is fantastic. What is the one thing you are hoping readers take away from The Cinderella Society?
I hope it gives them a better understanding of what it really means to be comfortable in your own skin. That’s the one thing I wish *I* had understood better when I was a teenager. It would’ve made my life sooo much easier than trying to always look like/act like/be what I thought I needed to be to blend in/land the right guy/be accepted. High school is completed, no? :)
What was your inspiration behind The Cinderella Society? Was any of that inspiration somewhat the same that inspired you to start Living Your FiveTM?
The Cinderella Society actually came from a magazine article about high school sororities. I’d never heard of that before and, once I started thinking about the kind of society I would create if I could, it all snowballed from there and The Cinderella Society was born.
For Living Your FiveTM it was more personal. I’m a big believer that every single person can make a difference in the world if they choose to. It’s simply a matter of focusing on what matters most to you and using your unique talents to shape things for the better. Living Your FiveTM stemmed from my need to stay focused on the things that really matter to me – the five ways I want to make a difference in the world – even when life gets chaotic. (Which is pretty often.)
How long did it actually take you to write The Cinderella Society?
My answer is either 4 years or 25 days. :) I’d been working on the book for several years and not really finding the heart of the story the way I envisioned it. It wasn’t until the last piece clicked into place and blew the doors of the Sisterhood wide open that I realized it was much bigger than I ever imagined. I’m a huge plotter, so I plot every scene in advance (otherwise I tend to write myself into dark corners). Once the plotting was done, which took several months, I scrapped everything I had ever written on the book and started fresh from page one. I wrote the entire new first draft in 25 days. (There was a lot of non-sleep involved.) A couple of months editing and then it was off on submission trying to land an agent.
Sarah Jane is All-American dock side prep and Kyra’s flirty and fresh romance. What would you say your signature style is?
Hmm… lazy writer chic? (No Wicked chatter, Kay!) ;-) Actually, I did narrow down my own signature style as part of the process of writing the book. My signature style is feminine, flattering, comfortable. I’m all about comfortable!
Are you a fan of music while you write or do you need complete silence? If you like music while you write, did you have a playlist of songs you listened to while writing The Cinderella Society?
I had a full playlist when I wrote The Cinderella Society but I don’t listen while I’m writing because it’s too distracting for me. But there were times when I was struggling to nail the emotion of a scene that I listened to a particular song over and over trying to absorb the emotions it evoked in me. And then I could write the scene the way it needed to be written. Sometimes it’s hard to sit down and immediately have to dive into writing a really emotional scene when the laundry is going and the phone is ringing and the dog just threw up on the rug. (A random example bearing no resemblance to my real life. Ahem.) Using specially selected music is a good way for me to block everything out and really get into the zone of that particular scene.
Thanks so much Kay for stopping by!
You can visit Kay on the web at http://www.kaycassidy.com