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Friday, April 16, 2010

Chick Chat: Kay Cassidy

Kay Cassidy is the author of the newly released The Cinderella Society, which is fabulous. In addition to being an author, Kay is also my co-host for the 10 in '10 Teen Chick Lit Challenge and the creator of The Great Scavenger Hunt. To find out more about Kay, her book and her other endevours, visit her at her website.

 If you don't already know about The Cinderella Society, here is a bit about it:

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?

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How did you select your characters’ names?

Character names are something I really sweat over. I often can't write a character thoroughly until I nail the perfect name because it's so much a part of who they are. I knew early on that Jess was Jess and Ryan was Ryan. But some of the other names were harder, like Gaby and Paige. But once I glommed onto the name, their personalities came to me almost fully formed.

If you could bring any one character from your book to life who would it be and why?

If you're asking me as an adult, I'd have to say Heather. I just want to give her a big hug and tell her everything is going to be okay. But if you're asking me as a teen? I would've wanted to bring Ryan to life. ;-)

Why did you decide to write YA?

I actually started writing YA because a teen librarian at my former local library introduced me to three YA novels that I absolutely adored. She gave me The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller. I completely fell in love with YA and knew this is what I wanted to write. (PS – Librarians ROCK!)

In The Cinderella Society you give teens positive role models and really emphasize girl power. What is one piece of advice would you give to teen girls?

Don't worry about every little thing. When I was a teen (and okay, even now as an adult), it's easy to second guess myself and think “Why did I do that? Is she mad at me? Is everyone laughing at my faux pas?”

The truth is, most everyone is too absorbed in their own worries to even notice half the things we fret over. Seriously! While we're thinking, “OMG, that was such a dumb thing to say. She probably thinks I'm a moron!”, the other person may very well be thinking, “OMG, why did I ask that? She probably thinks I'm a moron!” I promise you, your faux pas are almost never as bad as you think they are. (And yes, I'm going to heed my own advice any day now.) ;-)

What's next for you?

Next up is the sequel to The Cinderella Society titled Cindy on a Mission. Cindy on a Mission will be on shelves in Spring 2011. It follows the further adventures of Jess and the Sisters when the Wickeds' score a major win that threatens everything the Cindys care about.

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Thank you for stopping by Kay!

3 comments:

  1. Great interview! I love the shout out to Librarians! I'm on hold for this book right now...

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  2. Oooh...can't wait for the sequel! (: Fab interview!

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  3. Aww... thanks for the cheers, girls! And thanks for being a part of The Cinderella Society's official launch tour, Jessica! :-)

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