Did you go to a special school for geniuses too?
No, sadly they don’t let those of the less-than-geniussy intellect into genius schools. I went to a public high school in a rural area. We had some honors courses (they have more now), and I had some great teachers, many of whom follow my career religiously today (hi Mrs. B. and Mrs. P. and both the Mrs. Cs.) and I feel really lucky to have had the experience I had.
What were your favorite books when you were younger?
It’s still my favorite: To Kill a Mockingbird. In my opinion, it will never have an equal. There is a lot of great YA out there now (I’d say far better than when I was a young adult.)
Can I send you my book to autograph? Or can you send me autographed bookplates?
–I’m afraid I’m not really set up to accommodate those requests at this time. I’m sorry.
Will you please come to my town on tour?
Maybe. Please go to www.eventful.com/allycarter to help us track your request.
If you could give one piece of advice to girls today, what would it be?
WEAR SUNSCREEN! Seriously. Not only do the suntans of your youth leave you vulnerable to cancer, but they also make you ugly and wrinkled way before your time.
Did you always want to be a writer?
Well, I went to college for six years and never took a single writing course (even tested out of English I & II), and yet I think the answer to that question is yes. I love making stuff up. Getting paid for it only makes it better.
Are you a spy?
Well, I’d tell you…but…you know…