Interview with Kiera Cass

Posted by Goodreads on May 9, 2016
What if Cinderella didn't actually want to be a princess? Or what if Esther was actually in love with the boy next door when she was sent off to marry the Persian king? These were among the questions that inspired Kiera Cass's bestselling the Selection series, her captivating dystopian fairy tale-meets-futuristic fantasy in which 35 ordinary citizens compete to win the heart of a prince or princess. Now the five-part series reaches its climactic conclusion with The Crown, the romance-packed finale that sees Princess Eadlyn struggling to find true love among her own group of 35 suitors. Here Kiera answers your questions about finally saying good-bye to her beloved series and how her characters have surprised her.

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Stephanie: You're the best! I got all my friends to read your books, and now we can't wait for The Crown. How do you feel about ending the Selection series? What part of that world will you miss the most?

Kiera Cass: I was doing pretty good with the series ending until recently. I'm actually starting to feel really sad about it. And even though the characters stay in my head, it is strange that as far as everything in print goes, things are final. So, yeah, I'll come home from tour and stay on the couch for a week. I've earned it.

Patricia: Whose love story do you relate to more—America's or Eadlyn's? Why?

KC: Hard to say! My love life was never as complicated as either of theirs, so neither. But pieces of my husband end up in the boys I write, so in that way I can kind of relate to both. That is a terrible answer!

Tiffany: How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?

KC: Wait, like when I turn in the drafts or when it comes out? I mean, I don't think I have anything particular either way, but tour feels like a week-long party to celebrate that the book exists. It's exhausting to be on the road! But it's fun to get to see the excitement in all the readers, so maybe that.

Guila: Did you know who Eadlyn would choose when you started writing The Heir? And if so, did any of the characters surprise you and affect the ending you had planned?

KC: I rarely know anything. I have the most obnoxious writing process, which is me holding on for dear life until my characters tell me something. I will tell you I was surprised early on when one character walked in, and that pretty much set everything in motion, and I certainly wasn't expecting it.

Sophie Kebret: What's the best place you've gotten to travel to because of your writing? Why was it so special?

KC: The first time I ever stepped out of the United States was my trip to the Philippines, and that will probably stick in my memory forever. It was the first time there were people screaming and crying and just plain old stupid excited to see me. It was unforgettable, but I'm glad that's not the day-to-day reaction. Most people are pretty chill.

Baylynn: If you were in America's or Eadlyn's place, would you have picked the same suitors?

KC: My personality and desires are very different from theirs, so it's hard to say. But I would suck at being any sort of leader, so I probably would avoid anything that landed me with a crown on my head. That would be priority number one. THEN we can worry about boys!

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Sukayna: Your books are absolutely amazing! Thank you for being such a brilliant author! I've started writing a book, too, but I'm not sure if I can actually write one. What motivated and inspired you to keep writing when you were first starting out?

KC: Oh, babe, it should be fun. That was all I was doing. My stories made me happy, so I kept going. I hope you're doing something you enjoy!

Claire: Who are your literary role models?

KC: Stylewise, I'm not sure I have one. But I always say I need to give Stephenie Meyer a high five because she made it sound SO EASY to get published. Homegirl totally lied, but I still owe her one.

Cindi: Was it difficult to switch between America and Maxon's dialogue as teenagers in the early Selection books compared with their dialogue as adults in The Heir and The Crown? Did you feel like you watched those characters grow up in a way? (P.S. I met you in person, and I would just like to tell you that both Chicago and Anderson's Bookshop miss you!)

KC: It didn't feel hard for me, but I do think that was harder for readers to take in. I can see how pressures and obligations changed Maxon and America's priorities, or how they simply grew up. But the 20 years between the end of The One and the start of The Heir being left off the page has been a challenge for some, I think. I totally get the better end of the deal, because so many things are in my head. Sorry I can't just let you all in.

Michelle: If you could be a character in the Selection series for one day, who would you be?

KC: May. One, we're already pretty similar in our general giddiness, and two, she probably gets one of the best outcomes. Yes, I shall take the clothes and the favorite aunt award and live my life, thank you.

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message 1: by Mili (new)

Mili Fay I did not expect to like The Selection series, because I do not like the reality Bachelor, but I really enjoyed the books. I read them because the covers are amazing, so props to the artists, too.

I'm not sure I like Eadlyn's story (I can barely remember the first part), but I think I will listen to America's story again.

message 2: by Esther (new)

Esther I always found the hunger games or the bachelor but this was a step into a new world for me. I had never read a story that reflected on us Americans from a future point of view.
For me I always read the summary first and it was because of that that I wanted to read it in the beginning.

message 3: by Shannon (new)

Shannon Fish My confession: I feel like a teenager waiting for "The Crown" to be published, not someone now old enough to run the USA. ;-) SUPER EXCITED for the grand finale'. Thank you for the fun responses in your interview!

message 4: by Wendy (new)

Wendy I absolutely loved this series. Can I tell you how excited I was to hear that you were continuing with "Heir?!" Sad to hear that "The Crown" will be the final chapter, but thank you for such a fun, exciting, and sometimes unpredictable journey - borrowed that word from "The Bachelor." ;) As a high school librarian, I recommend your books to all my book friends!! They love you too!

message 5: by Sofiya (new)

Sofiya Korniychuk I read the book. I would never imagine her picking who she picked!!!

message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth gerbilcat wrote: "Is there going to be a book tour for The Crown?"

She had to cancel, unfortunately (On Twitter, it sounded like health reasons).

Get well soon, Kiera!

message 7: by Robyn (new)

Robyn Dodson I"m so glad to know that the story of Esther was in your mind when writing this series, because that is the 1st thing I thought of when I read the first book. I just guessed that it had influenced the story and it is one of my favorite Bible stories! I love your entire series and can't wait to read The Crown!

message 8: by Kat (new)

Kat This series has seemed like a part of me! I loved them all! You're an amazing writer and one of my greatest inspirational literary role models! Thank you so much!

message 9: by Aqsa (new)

Aqsa Azam This series WAS a part of me once and I was obsessing over it for weeks while reading it. I think it has been a long time I read The Heir and now it's time to read The Crown, but I have to read The Heir again so that I can refresh my memory. It was a great read and the covers...............My.....They are so enchanting............I can look at them for days, the thing is I don't have that much time. :)
You are an amazing author and a great writer. You are so inspirational for people like me who plan on getting their imagination up in the skies and out in the crowds. Keep writing and never stop.
Your fan out of millions.......
AA :)

message 10: by Sweet (new)

Sweet Angel I think that is a good book actually.

message 11: by Isabelle (new)

Isabelle Carstairs Oh. My. Gosh. Kiera Cass is my favorite thing. She's amazing. Now I want to find out what our fairytal princesses actually wanted!

message 12: by Anahita (new)

Anahita Is there going to be a movie coming out!!

message 13: by Brookjoy13 (new)

Brookjoy13 Kiera Cass, you are an incredible writer! I must admit, when I was first introduced to the selection series, I was reluctant to read it. But from page one, I was completely captivated. I cried when the characters did, and squealed with joy when they finally found their happily ever afters. (Seriously. My family thought I was losing my mind.) Thank you for taking me on a romantic adventure, and inspiring me to be a better writer!

message 14: by Shiraz (new)

Shiraz gerbilcat wrote: "Is there going to be a book tour for The Crown?"
This was on her website,
After much consideration, I regretfully announce that The Crown Tour has been cancelled. Though I seriously want to meet with you all and celebrate the final book in the series, I am not in a healthy place physically or mentally for the stresses of touring. I am so sorry for any disappointment caused for those of you who planned to make it out to a stop, but I'm sure we will cross paths down the road. Until next time, enjoy the books. All the love, K.

message 15: by Book_Gal (new)

Book_Gal Heard this song on the radio and thought it should totally be Eadlyn's theme song!!!! It's called Sit Still, Look Pretty by Daya. It reminds me of Eadlyn because she doesn't want to just still still and put on a pretty face as queen. The whole song basically screams Eadlyn, but these lyrics remind me of her the most:"this queen don't need a king"and "But this gal right here's gonna rule the world."
Just wanted to share my thoughts!

The Reading Renegade Book_Gal I know that song!! TOTALLY agree! ;)

message 17: by The Reading Renegade (last edited Mar 01, 2017 06:13AM) (new)

The Reading Renegade Please Kiera, give us a sixth! I'd love to see Eadlyn grow in her relationship with Eikko! And see what happens to the country! #theselection6 #fansfor6

message 18: by Zarah (new)

Zarah Kabir Well, I think you’ve heard it a million times by now, but—I’m the biggest fan of ‘The Selection’ series ^_^ and have read the whole series TWICE !!! I’ve been hearing for 3 years now, that you’re gonna make a movie/serial for The Selection, but it never happens ! :( And seriously, both the CW PIlots were disappointing and enraging ! Not good casts and character potrayal ! I’d prefer if you requested it to be made into a series, since it’s such a long story and every part is vital to know. Also, people would like to see all that cuteness from Monday to Friday ! ;p if you ever went to that direction again, can you check these lovely casts out selected by me and my sis ?:

I love you and your brain !❤️❤️❤️❤️

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