I’m very excited to be touring fellow TFCer, the fabulous Kay Cassidy and her debut THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY, which I’m seriously hanging out to read:
What’s 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?
And now for the usual questions…..
What inspired the plot for your book?
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.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I’d been writing adult fiction for several years but never seemed to find my fit there. A friend suggested that my voice would be a great match for YA, but I hadn’t read YA since I was a teen! So I headed on down to my local library. The teen librarian suggested three books: The Princess Diaries, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, and How My Private, Personal Journal Become a Bestseller. I took them home, devoured them, and knew that this was what I wanted to write. The rest is history!
What is your writing process like?
I’m a big planner in general, so I naturally fall on the plotting end of the plotting/pantsing spectrum. I plot every scene in advance. Not in great detail, just a paragraph or so laying out what the purpose of the scene is. It helps me make sure the story hangs together and makes writing the first draft a ton easier for me because I never have to worry about the What comes next? issue. And I tend to write myself into fewer corners that way. That’s a pet peeve of mine that makes me crazy, so avoiding it is a definite plus of my process.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to The Cinderella Society, titled Cindy on a Mission. It 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.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Mostly try to catch up with life. 🙂 What I enjoy doing in my free time is reading and watching Glee and FlashForward (both of which I absolutely adore).
Who do you like to read?
I’ve branched out a lot in my reading in the last year. I’ve been reading dystopians, fantasies and chick lit (the YA versions). I’ve also been reading some mysteries, some Dan Brown, and some women’s fiction when I want to escape into the adult world for a peek into someone else’s life. My favorite series/related books right now are by Ally Carter, Suzanne Collins and Kristin Cashore.
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.