The Compulsive Reader: Interview with Kay Cassidy!

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Interview with Kay Cassidy!

Kay Cassidy is the author of The Cinderella Society, which just came out this past week! 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.

About The Cinderella Society:

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?

Kay was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about reading, writing, and her books!

TCR: Where did the idea for the Cindys vs. Wickeds stem from?

KC: 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, I realized I would've wanted it to be an organization devoted to fighting the everyday battle of good vs. evil. It all snowballed from there and The Cinderella Society was born.

TCR: What was the hardest part about writing The Cinderella Society? The easiest?

KC: The hardest part was figuring out how much to reveal about the society in book one. My editor was a huge help with that. Since The Cinderella Society is the first book of a series, I know quite a bit about the society that hasn't been revealed yet.

The easiest part was writing Ryan's character. He was almost fully formed when he first popped into my head, so he was actually a lot easier to write than Jess, who sort of introduced herself bit by bit. :-)

TCR: And there any books you've read recently you'd like to share with your readers?

KC: I absolutely loved Christina Diaz Gonzalez's The Red Umbrella coming out next month. It's about a young girl and her brother living in Cuba when Castro first takes over and their parents send them off to the US to escape before the borders close. Her chapter headings are dates with actual headlines from that time that describe how Castro succeeded in stripping away the freedoms of an entire country. It's an amazing, nail-biting story I think everyone should read.

TCR: Can you give us any info on the next Cinderella Society books?

KC: Right now I'm working on the sequel to The Cinderella Society. Cindy on a Mission follows the further adventures of Jess and the Sisters as the Wickeds launch an offensive that threatens everything the Cindys hold dear. Cindy on a Mission will be on shelves in Spring 2011.

TCR: What one piece of advice would you like to share with your readers?

KC: "No Wicked chatter." :-) This is a mantra for the Cindys but it's something I aspire to live by as well. No Wicked chatter means keeping negativity out of your words and your own thoughts. No gossiping, no berating yourself in your own for things you think you've done wrong. Focus on positive things and take control over how you view yourself. It's a much less stressful life! :-)

TCR: Thanks, Kay!

And now...here's a little teaser from The Cinderella Society for your enjoyment!

I opened the card, my hands trembling in dread and the faint remnants of what I used to call hope, as a tiny silver high-heel pin bounced into my hand.

I juggled the pin for a second, barely managing to keep it from falling, and flipped open the note with my other hand. The words inside were not a message but an invitation that sent shivers down my spine:

Your presence is requested at The Grind.
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Wear the pin.
Discretion MANDATORY.

The Cinderella Society is published by Egmont USA.

1 comment:

Kay Cassidy said...

Thanks so much for being part of The Cinderella Society's official launch tour, Tirzah! :-)