Author Interview: Kiera Cass (THE SELECTION)

The Selection by Kiera CassKiera Cass


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For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Interview with Kiera:

Three words to describe The Selection…. GO!

Princess Funtime Explosion!

If you had to retitle The Selection, what would it be and why?

Princess Funtime Explosion!

You self published your first novel, Siren…. how has the process been different this time? Good & Bad!

Princess Funtime… ok, just kidding. Self-publishing was a really great learning experience, and I really enjoyed the level of control I had. But it’s absolutely much better having a team of brilliant people to polish your work, design your cover art, and find opportunities for you to connect with readers. Even though everything happening with The Selection is much bigger, it’s also easier on so many levels because I’m not alone. Looking back, I can see how much better The Siren would be if I had the same group of people to help it shine.

In your opinion… what makes The Selection unique?

Well, for a dystopian book, it’s not very dystopian. Yes, it’s set in the future and there’s a rigid social structure, but at its heart, The Selection is a love story. That was always my goal, and I hope that people connect with America, Aspen, and Maxon’s struggle.

What YA books are on your reading pile?

Umm, all of them! I’m so bust getting Book 2 together my reading has fallen WAY behind. As far as books I’m looking forward to, I’ve heard great things about Tiger Lily by Jody Lynn Anderson. Hope I get to catch that once it’s out.

You can check out the rest of the tour at the following stops:

Tuesday, April 17: Imaginary Reads
Wednesday, April 18: One Page at at Time
Thursday, April 19: Ashley Suzanne
Friday, April 20: Books with Bite