Author definitely, it’s a lot less stressful and you can do it in your pajamas so that’s probably more my speed. I don’t know if I could handle actual spy work. After watching Zero Dark Thirty I don’t think I can handle being a spy.
I’m probably equal parts Cammie from Gallagher Girls and Kat from Heist Society. Take aside the spy and thief aspects, those girls have a lot in common. They’re both from family businesses, and both trying to figure out where they belong. They’re both very devoted to their friends. And they worry about plans being led astray. I do all of those things.
Probably Macy and Gabrielle. They’re very similar characters in a way that they’re both very confident. They also have lot of sass. I find that I’m more pre-disposed to self-doubt. I probably get my confidence from these two characters.
I must admit, I have not taken advantage of the world’s museums. Though, if I had to pick my favourite, The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. That’s probably the one I spent the most time in, I spent a couple of summers interning in Washington, D.C., where I would spend a lot of time in the mall. I also love the Smithsonian museums. I really love D.C. It’s the kind of city that I keep going back to over and over again.
Another favourite of mine is the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. If you ever have the opportunity to go there, I highly recommend it. It is incredibly cool!
I did a lot of research for the Gallagher Girls books when I was first starting out and I set the school setting in the best way possible. Even though the idea of a boarding school for girl spies is a little crazy, I wanted to be as realistic as possible. I did a lot of research with covert training techniques that they actually teach at training facilities like The Farm, the big CIA training facility.
Since then, I’ve probably done less research with spy stuff because it’s become very specific to Cammy’s own circumstances. In the High Society books, most of my research is done with what objects or prizes they’re about to steal.
For the first Heist book, I did a lot of research on Holocaust art. For the second, I knew I wanted it to be some kind of grave robber heist, and so I did a lot of research about Egyptian artifacts and specifically what kind of gems the Pharaohs would have. I found out that Cleopatra was a famous collector of emeralds, so that’s how the cursed emerald came to be, in the second Heist Society book.
The spy and thief terms are a combination of whether I’ve read in a book, seen in a documentary or stuff that I just make up.
I’ve always been a little bit paranoid about con artists especially in this day and age of identity theft, and Internet safety, so I am a little more private with information.
Maybe I could pull some kind of mastermind crime to get George Clooney to go out on a date with me. That would be pretty awesome. I don’t have any idea how to do that. If I did however, I might be tempted to pull that one off.
I don’t think I could be a very good spy. I would make a good analyst because there are different. I have a good friend who works for the CIA, and he’s not a spy. I think I could be the person who could look at facts, and probably figure out trends, and glean information out of patterns. That would probably be more my speed.
My favourite spy is Jason Bourne. Technically, he’s more of an assassin than a spy, but I loved The Bourne Identity. I love what they did with the character arc, and what I appreciated about the Bourne Legacy movie is that, they do interesting things in the time line. It was really fascinating and definitely not what I expected. I also really loved Argo. I thought that was a bright one.
For a spy that I could be, the answer would be pretty easy..Sydney Bristow from Alias. I mean she was the quintessential kick-butt girl and I absolutely loved Alias.
Not really..Nothing happens until it happens. The last news was that Drew Barrymore signed on to direct it. Whether that is going to go forward or not, I really don’t know. When somebody does sign on to direct, it doesn’t mean it will happen. We’ll just see how it unfolds.
If the movie was aged up, I would absolutely love Emma Stone. She doesn’t exactly look like Katarina, but she has Kat’s swagger. I absolutely loved Easy A and everything that she’s done. And of course the leading man of the moment seems to be Ryan Gosling. I’d be good with that, and I think a lot of people would be too because they’re such likable people.
Yes I’m working on Gallagher Girls book six and it’s probably the final book which is bitter sweet. I’m very confident that readers want the series to end in a good place and I feel a lot of responsibility to do that for them. It’s been a very difficult book to write, but I think I’m about to get the plot where I like it. I think readers may not be happy, but they’ll be satisfied in the end.
Ally Carter is a writer living and working in the Midwest. She loved school so much she kept going…and going…and going…until finally she had to graduate. Now she has degrees from Oklahoma State University and Cornell University and a house and a job and other very grown-up things.
Her life is either very ordinary or the best deep-cover legend ever. She’d tell you more, but…well…you know…