The Gallagher Series
(Written by Ally herself on her website)
How many Gallagher Girl books are you going to write? Six. Is there going to be a movie (or TV show) based on the Gallagher Girls? There is nothing in the works at this time. We are constantly in touch with studios and production companies, so something may happen in the future, but there is no guarantee. Why don't you make a TV show or movie based on the Gallagher Girls? Well, the short answer is I don't make TV shows and movies. I write books, and the books I have written. Will you do a spin-off series based on the Gallagher Girls? Possibly someday, but there are no firm plans to do that at this time. What is the order of the Gallagher Girls books? GG1: I'D TELL YOU I LOVE YOU, BUT THEN I'D HAVE TO KILL YOU GG2: CROSS MY HEART AND HOPE TO SPY GG3: DON'T JUDGE A GIRL BY HER COVER GG4: ONLY THE GOOD SPY YOUNG GG5: OUT OF SIGHT, OUT OF TIME GG6: UNITED WE SPY Where did you get the idea for a girls school for spies (aka The Gallagher Academy) and your Gallagher Girls series? I was watching the TV show ALIAS one night and misunderstood what was happening in the episode. I thought it was about a girl at a spy school, but it wasn't. It didn't matter that I was wrong, though, because by that point I couldn't stop wondering what a spy school would be like, and I knew I had to write that story. Who is the girl on the covers of your books? Actually, it's all different girls and I don't know any of their names, sorry. My awesome publisher, Disney-Hyperion, has tried to get the same model for each shoot but so far that hasn't been possible. For the GG3 cover they actually did some fancy stuff with Photoshop so that the girl's face is the same from LYKY, but each book technically shows a different model. What does Cammie look like exactly? Is she tall, average, brunette, blond? Cammie is average. In every way average. She's the chameleon, remember? She's not too tall, too short, too chubby, too thin, too anything. I think she's probably got light brown hair eyes that change color depending on what she's wearing. She is, however, prettier than she probably gives herself credit for (but who wouldn't feel ugly next to Macey or boring next to Bex or fat next to Liz?) When will ____ book be published in _____ country? There is no such thing as a universal international publication date, but we do our best to keep a list of all of the countries where we have sold publishing rights. Why does the uniform change colors on every book? Is that important to the story? The decision to make the uniforms a different color on each book doesn't have anything to do with the books or the school. Actually, it's a little trick that hopefully helps the "look" of the book walk the line between making people recognize it as a Gallagher Girls book but also keeps people from thinking that they've read that one before. So, in other words, ideally people will think: hey, I know those books. But they will also say "my books are blue and green, this red one must be new!" It's a thin, thin line and a tough one to walk, that's why it takes so long to get the GG covers right sometimes. There are some pages missing in one of my books. Help! Sometimes books are misprinted, but don't worry. If you get a misprinted book you simply have to return it to the store where you bought it. Most stores will happily exchange damaged merchandise for a new copy at no charge. At the beginning of LYKY Cammie says that she'll turn 16 next month, but at the beginning of CMH Cammie says she's still fifteen? How is that possible? When is Cammie's birthday? You are very observant. But sort of mistaken. Let me explain. Cammie writes each book (or each book so far) during the school break that follows the semester in question. So Cammie, the narrator, is telling the story of LYKY during winter break, in other words during late December or early January. So when she says "I'll be sixteen next month" she's talking about turning sixteen in late January or early February (to tell you the truth, I've never really narrowed it down.) So she actually turned 16 during the course of CMH. Initially, there was a scene in there about her birthday, but it didn't serve any purpose, so it got cut somewhere along the line. Did you write Cammie, the main character of your Gallagher Girl series, to be just like you were in high school? For starters, Cammie is a ton more intelligent than I am, but the ultimate difference is that I've had the life Cammie has dreamed of, two parents who love and support me unconditionally. Cammie has only had half of that. But Cammie does have a mother who is her headmistress. My mother was a very popular, very respected teacher at my high school. Teachers' kids learn very early on that everybody knows them and they can't get away withanything! Where did you come up with the name Gallagher? The name Gallagher comes from Gallagher-Iba Arena at my alma mater, Oklahoma State University.
(Written by Ally herself on her website):
How many Heist Society books will there be? Right now I really have no idea. All I feel certain of is that it probably won't have a set series arc like the GG books (and, for example, Percy Jackson, Harry Potter, etc.) where we are told one larger story over several smaller books. More likely it will be more episodic so each story will be more self contained (like Nancy Drew, for example). This means it could hopefully go on for as long (or as short) as it works out. So does that mean there will be a Heist Society 4 (after PERFECT SCOUNDRELS)? Yes! I have absolutely no details at this time, but that is my most sincere hope. It may take a few years (I have to get Embassy Row off the ground), but I do anticipate doing a Heist 4 at some point in the future. Will Heist Society be a movie? Maybe! Lionsgate has optioned Heist Society for film with DiNovi Pictures producing. Please stay tuned to allycarterfanpage.moloch.com for news and updates. What is the order of the Heist Society books? Book 1: HEIST SOCIETY Book 2: UNCOMMON CRIMINALS Book 3: PERFECT SCOUNDRELS Do the Heist Society books have to be read in order? It's probably best to read them in order, but you don't necessarily have to. I really set out to write a series that could be read in any order with each installment standing on its own. I haven't been entirely successful, but Heist is definitely more that way than 90% of the teen series being published today. Where did you get the idea for Heist Society? The short story is that I was in my car, listening to an audiobook. There was a line in the book, something like "I felt like a cat burglar in my own house", and I immediately knew I wanted to write a story about a girl named Kat who was a burglar. How did you come up with the title "Heist Society"? It was a title that just popped into my head pretty early on, but we (my editor, agent, writer friends) all kept thinking that maybe there was something better. Months and months we searched. We probably came up with dozens of titles, all of which felt wrong. It took a while to realize that was because Heist Society was right. Now I can't imagine calling the book anything else. I'm only 12 (or 11 or 13, etc.). Can I still read Heist Society? The subject matter is no more mature in Heist Society than it is in the GG books. The tone of the book, however, is maybe slightly older. I don't think this will turn younger readers off, however. I just think it might appeal to some teens who think they're a little too old for the Gallagher Academy at this point. Who is your favorite character in Heist Society? That's a hard one. I love them all in different ways. Kat is very independent and savvy about some things, not so much others. Her cousin, Gabrielle, is the only other main female character and she's very upfront and honest in a wonderfully blunt and refreshing kind of way. And then there are the boys... Sigh. So many boys. Who is more like you, Kat or Cammie? Well, I'm neither spy nor thief, but I'm sure part of me is in both of them. Kat grew up in a male dominated world and she's used to being the only girl in the room. That is something from my life/world that I absolutely brought to Kat's character. When will the book be published in _____ country? There is no such thing as a universal international publication date, but we do our best to keep a list of all of the countries where we have sold publishing rights.