Hey you. It's time for another awesome author to brave our ridiculous burger pop quiz...this week's fearless, fabulous guest is Ally Carter, who took time out from her busy sched promoting her new one, I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have to Kill You....which we hear has Hollywood knocking and will probably be coming to a theater near you soon...but enough of our blabber--here's Ally!
Who is your favorite writer that most people have never heard of?
About the best YA novel that I’ve read in a long time was by Megan Shull and it’s called Amazing Grace. I don’t know how many people have heard of her—hopefully a lot—but it bears repeating.
I also love Dennis Lehane—he wrote Mystic River and a bunch of insanely good mysteries for older readers. He never disappoints, and I worship him.
Oh, and there are these books about this boy wizard…I can’t remember what they’re called…but those rock, too.
What kid or teen books rocked your world growing up?
My favorite book ever is To Kill a Mockingbird—always has been, always will be. When I was younger I’d occasionally go through a Nancy Drew phase, but honestly (and a part of me hates to admit this) I wasn’t a huge reader (picture Ally ducking as readers, teachers, and librarians throw things).
I was outside a lot and had a very active imagination. When I found a great book I’d read it a hundred times—seriously. But, to be honest, I don’t think YA fiction was as good then as it is now. Now, I can’t get enough of it.
Describe your ideal place to write.
I’m a laptop and notebook girl, so I can (and do) write anywhere and everywhere. Probably my two favorite places are at my dining room table and also at a small, secluded desk in a deserted corner of my local library—no internet, no phone. When I have a serious deadline, that’s where you’ll find me.
Your life is a TV series. Name the theme song, one event that would be on the "best of" episode, and one that would be on the blooper reel.
Oh my gosh, I have such a music inferiority complex, you can’t even imagine. So while I want to answer this question, I’m terrified to, because I know that anything I’d say would be so incredibly uncool. Do you think the Burger-flippers can nominate theme songs for me? I need all the help I can get.
A s for the series itself, the “best of” episode would absolutely have to include the day my first book, CHEATING AT SOLITAIRE, came out. I was in New York, meeting with my editors and publicists for I’D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU BUT THEN I’D HAVE TO KILL YOU. It was so glamorous and very official. Then I went to a bookstore to see my book on real shelves for the first time. It was a great day.
For the blooper reel I see a montage of very unfortunate hair styles.
Burger-flippers want to know: have you ever had a job that required you to wear a geeky uniform? Details, please!
No. Not really. But I can tell you that I grew up on a farm, so while other high school kids were sacking groceries and waiting tables I was baling hay and working cows, so my uniform was jeans and shorts and t-shirts with big floppy hats to keep me from becoming a human French fry. Do big floppy hats count? They were very big and very floppy if that counts for anything.
We'd like to name a burger in your honor. What kind of fixins should it have?
A burger? For ME? I’m thrilled.
It must have both mayo and mustard—that’s key. And lettuce, pickles, and swiss cheese. Okay now I’m hungry. This is all your fault!