Q&A Ally Carter + Heist Society Prize Pack Contest Giveaway


“If you had the choice, would you be an author or a spy?”—Kristoffer P. from Facebook

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.

“Out of all your Heist Society and Gallagher Girls characters, which character are you most able to relate to?”—Myra W. from Facebook

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.

“Which character is most unlike you?”—Ardo O. @a_wordsmith

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.

“What is your favorite museum?”—Ciara L. @lostatmidnight

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!

“What kind of research do you have to do for your novels?”—Hannah T. @InkyReads

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.

“Do you feel doing research for Heist Society, that you’ve become more paranoid, and aware of your surroundings where different con artists are around?”—Ardo O. @a_wordsmith

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.

If you could pull any heist in the world, what would it be and why? How would you do it?

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.

Would you make a good spy? Why or why not?

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.


If you could be any spy agent from any movie or TV show, who would you be?

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.

Has there been any more news for the Heist Society movie adaptation?

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 you could pick your dream cast for the Heist Society trilogy, who would you cast as Katarina? As Hale?

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.

Are you working on any other projects?

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.

about the author


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…

Thank you HBG Canada for inviting me and to Ardo for subbing in for me as the interviewer!

contest giveaway

Rules and Regulations

  • Ends on April 1, 2012 at 12:01AM (EST)
  • Canadian residents may enter
  • The publisher will be shipping the prize.
  • Total prize value is approx $60 CAD
  • Book Nerd Canada will not be responsible for lost or damaged packages from the shipper
  • The winner will be announced on Twitter

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  1. Trix

    August 21, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    I’ve been wanting to go to DC and check out the museums…fun interview!

  2. Fahima M

    June 17, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Great interview, Giselle!

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  4. Silvana

    April 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM

    I loved this series so much! I loved the author and the way she writes the books.

  5. Darith L.

    April 19, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Very fun interview. Love that she’d still choose being a writer over being a spy.

  6. Teresa Salvatore

    April 14, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I can’t wait to read the series! Yay, Booknerds!

  7. Catherine

    March 31, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    Awesome! Love it!

  8. Wanda Bergman

    March 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I like Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, too. I think they are perfect choices.

  9. Wayne Lecoy

    March 31, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Please enter me in your book giveaway.
    I thought your interview with
    Ally Carter was great.
    Thank you for having this giveaway!!!!!!!

  10. SarahO

    March 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I hope everything works out with the movie! It sounds like a really great concept that would translate well to the screen. Also, I really need to watch Alias!

  11. Michele | Just a Lil Lost

    March 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Great questions!! haha I love the one from Ardo.. about feeling more paranoid from the research…

  12. Monica T

    March 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I loved the interview, it was interesting! I haven’t read any of her books but it would be awesome to start them.

  13. LisaM

    March 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I love your casting ideas!

  14. rachel

    March 25, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    ahhh i love the gallagher girls!

  15. Jacquie Hess

    March 24, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    I would enjoy reading the Heist Society novels

  16. laura feist, mrs

    March 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    this looks interesting

  17. tanya c

    March 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    Love interviews with authors.

  18. Chris MacDonald

    March 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    The interview makes me want to read the book!

  19. Garnet L

    March 18, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Very insightful interview

  20. Lori O.

    March 18, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Fun ??

  21. Robyn B.

    March 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    I like the idea of a George Clooney heist!

  22. Catherine Brown

    March 18, 2013 at 7:07 PM

    A well educated women.

  23. Andrea

    March 18, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    awesome interview. I very much enjoyed reading it, and this series sounds REALLY interesting. My fingers and toes are crossed!!

  24. anna key

    March 18, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Awesome interview!

  25. michelle tremblett

    March 18, 2013 at 6:19 PM

    loved the interview !!

  26. diane king

    March 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    very interesting interview

  27. Kelly Gordon

    March 18, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    Great Interview!! I’m very interersted in reading this series

  28. Suzie M

    March 18, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    You have to love a woman who is trying to figure out how to get a date withGeorge Clooney

  29. AgnesM

    March 18, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    I liked her candid answers to the questions she was asked!

  30. robert stacey

    March 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    nice interview looking towards to read some of her books

  31. Kathy L.

    March 14, 2013 at 7:18 PM


  32. Rose

    March 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    I loved the interview! I haven’t read any of her books but it would be awesome to start them.

  33. Veronica

    March 11, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    I love your dream cast choices! Those are my current two favourite actors in Hollywood

  34. Natalia Belikov

    March 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    wonderful post Giselle! and thanks so much for the amazing giveaway!!

  35. Darith L.

    March 10, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    Love her! Yes, she should stick to being a writer because we love reading her spy stories 😀

    • Darith L.

      March 10, 2013 at 7:11 PM


  36. Avery @ Avery's Book Nook

    March 10, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    So, ummmmm…. I have yet to read these books. But they’re totally on my TBR list! I’ve heard nothing but amazing things from them, especially from you Toronto gals!

  37. Bonnie Hilligoss

    March 10, 2013 at 6:10 AM

    Nice interview! I have not heard of these books, but how you got the background info has me intrigued. Alias was my all time favorite, too – loved the wigs! Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. maria

    March 9, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    I like the choices she picked if the book was made into a movie!

  39. Lori P

    March 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    These books sound like they’d take us on a very thrilling ride. Love a good spy novel!

  40. Paige

    March 8, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Big fan of her work 😀 This interview was very interesting 🙂

  41. Maida @ Literary Love Affair

    March 7, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Awesome interview! 😀 I have heard so many amazing things about this author and her books, and I can’t wait to start! 😀

  42. Paige

    March 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Love the interview! I haven’t read any of her books but I’d love to start soon 🙂

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  44. Katherina Barney

    March 5, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Boarding school to train spies?? Intriguing. This interview has definitely piqued my interest in this series.

  45. Emz @ Icy Cold Reads

    March 5, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    Great interview! I love Ally’s books, but I NEED more information about the Heist Society movie…the suspense about it is killing me.

  46. Janita @ Book, Interrupted

    March 5, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    I loved the Bourne movies (except for the newest one, mostly because it had no plot). The first is definitely my favourite. Awesome review! The musuem question makes me want to hop on a plane to D.C. so I can enjoy those exhibits.

  47. sarah kozlowski

    March 5, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Great interview.

  48. Chapter by Chapter

    March 5, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    This was a really great interview. I haven’t really had that much of an inkling to read these books, but after reading more about the author’s personal thoughts on her books and characters, my curiosity has been peeked!

  49. Booksie

    March 5, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    My daughter LOVED the Gallagher books and I know she would love the Heist Society books too! Does Ally find it challenging to write spy books? What made her start in this genre?

  50. Brandy @ A Little of the Book Life

    March 5, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    I loved reading her answers! Thanks for doing this. 🙂

  51. Holly U

    March 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Loved the interview: who wouldn’t want to go on a date with George Clooney? 🙂
    I actually have the first book in the series, but I haven’t read it yet. Too many other books I’m reading at the time.

  52. Anne C

    March 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    The idea of a George Clooney heist gave me a chuckle. 🙂

  53. Carissa St. Amand

    March 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    A movie would be great! I can totally see it doing well 😀

  54. Christina K.

    March 5, 2013 at 6:07 AM

    If Drew directs the movie it will be so much fun! Just like the books:)

    Thank you:)

  55. Samantha D

    March 5, 2013 at 4:27 AM

    Ah! I was hoping for a movie adaptation!

  56. Maria @ Fantasy's Ink

    March 5, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    Nice interview. I think Emma Stone playing Kat would be perfect!

  57. Ana Norte

    March 5, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    I loved the interview! Ally is such an amazing author! I just saw her in Toronto for the release of Perfect Scoundrels!
    Can’t wait for the last book of the GG!!

  58. Meghan Stith

    March 4, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    I think the best museum I’ve ever been to is the National History Museum in DC. So good! I also love the Smithsonian!!

    mestith at gmail dot com

  59. Erin D.

    March 4, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Fun interview! I love this series.

  60. Amber Hsu

    March 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    I love the interview! I’ve read like seriously every book Ally has published. Like on the planet. One of my favorite authors! I can’t wait for the next Gallagher girls book!

  61. Grace Lo

    March 4, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I absolutely love this interview! And I actually didn’t know anything about the Heist Society movie news before now, but I have my fingers crossed! I mean, who doesn’t want to see Kat on screen?

  62. Diana Grace

    March 4, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    How I wish the giveaway is international.. Oh well, I still love Ally Carter’s books! 🙂
    Good luck to the participants, 🙂

  63. RIN

    March 4, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Oh, I love this! I haven’t read an interview with Ally Carter before and she seems so down to earth. Wonderful author=another reason to read these wonderful books.

  64. Cassi

    March 4, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Oh thanks for the interview!

  65. Kaley @ Books Etc

    March 4, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    This is a great interview, Giselle! I like that you included social media questions and your own questions. Good read.

  66. Marlene V.

    March 4, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    That would be a great cast with Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. That’s a movie I would love to see !!!

  67. May

    March 4, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    I love this series. Love the first 2 books. I would love to see Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling in the movie. 🙂

  68. Sunny

    March 4, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    Eeep, LOVE Ally Carter! Great interview, I can’t wait for GG6 🙂

  69. Inky

    March 4, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Those are some awesome questions! Haha Thanks for letting mine be included!!! Ally is so much fun!! 😀

  70. Teresa Salvatore

    March 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    I really enjoyed reading about how Ally does her research. As a follow up question, I would have loved to ask whether it’s difficult gaining access to professionals willing to let you in on some of their secrets. The interview definitely has me wanting to read the series. Thanks!

  71. Amie

    March 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    Wow if this will be adapted to movie…Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are dream cast for the Heist Society trilogy…Perfect pair I must say, they do have the chemistry together.

    The series is coming to an end…I love when a series tied things up together but as the same time I feel heart broken from it. Am I too paranoid?

  72. Linh

    March 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

    This looks like an interesting series. Great interview!

  73. Maria

    March 4, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Great interview!

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