Heist Society Uncommon Criminals Interview
Kat Bishop: Friend. Niece. Daughter. Thief. Or simply, the girl who robbed the greatest museum in the world . . . Now she's been asked to steal the infamous Cleopatra Emerald so it can be returned to its rightful owners. Trouble is, not only is the gem elusive - it's cursed.
Kat might be in way over her head but help is at hand. She enlists the gorgeous Hale and the rest of the crew from Heist Society on a heart-stopping round-the-world search. But this time, Kat - who knows every trick and con in the book - is making up her own rules.
Even before publication, Warner Bros. won a multi-studio bidding war to steal away Ally's first book in the series, "Heist Society." Warners beat out Disney, Paramount and Summit, all of which jumped at the chance to bring to this gem to life.
For information about Heist Society Book 1, please see: https://www.girl.com.au/heist-society.htm
Ally Carter is the New York Times bestselling author of The Gallagher Girls series and "Heist Society." Ally is a writer living and working in the American Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going ... and going ... and going ... until finally she had to graduate. She has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University. She is the author of two adult books.
Heist Society Book 2: Uncommon Criminals
Author: Ally Carter
Interview with Ally Carter
Question: How much of the inspiration for this series comes from real life and real people?
Ally Carter: I'm very relieved that I don't actually know any con men or thieves. I think. But I think all writers are constantly drawing from real life. Sometimes it's as small as a funny thing I overhear in the airport, but it's impossible to truly separate real life from fiction.
Question: What is the best thing about creating a character like Kat?
Ally Carter: I dearly love writing about Kat, her family, and her crew. I love smart, feisty characters, and Kat has both of those things in spades. It is a lot of fun to see where she is going and how she is growing from the daughter of one of the world's best thieves into her own person--both in what and how she steals.
Question: What advice do you have for aspiring writers or artists?
Ally Carter: Everyone learns about this business in a different way, but for me the biggest moment was when I stopped talking and dreaming about "being a writer" and started writing. Dreaming and fantasizing are good, but at the end of the day, this is work. It's my job. And serious things won't happen until you start taking it seriously.
Question: Are you able to provide any spoilers for the third book in the Heist Society series?
Ally Carter: When I first started Heist Society I thought it might be a stand-alone novel, but the more I got to know those characters the more certain I became that I could tell dozens of stories set in their world. So while I don't know exactly how many books there will be in the series or exactly where Kat's journey will take her, I do know that the stakes are going to get higher and the personalities are going to get bigger and we've only scratched the surface of Kat's crazy family.
Question: Can you talk about your writing process and how you overcome 'writer's block'?
Ally Carter: I believe that there are two types of writer's block. One type happens when you're lacking focus and just really want to procrastinate and don't really feel like writing. That type you just have to write through--set a deadline and stick to it. The second type of writer's block happens when you're working really hard but nothing feels right. That type you have to write AROUND. Maybe you go for a walk or take a nap, but you need to clear your mind and figure out something new to try.
Interview by Brooke Hunter