ABOUT THE BOOK:
What a girl to do when the glass slipper fits, but she doesn't want to wear it anymore?
Sixteen year old Jess Parker has always been an outsider. So when she receives an invitation to join The Cinderella Society, a secret society of the most popular girls in school, it's like something out of a fairy tale. Swept up by the Cindys' magical world of makeovers, and catching the eye of her Prince Charming, Jess feels like she's finally found her chance to fit in.
Then the Wickeds--led by Jess's arch-enemy--begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there's more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.
Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn't want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?
KRISTINA: In two or three sentences, can you tell me what The Cinderella Society is about?
KAY: The Cinderella Society is about an outsider who gets tapped to join a secret society of good populars dedicated to defeating the mean girls of the world. It's about girl empowerment: getting comfortable in your own skin and being true to who you are. It also deals with the effects of girl bullies and what unconditional friendship really means.
KRISTINA: In my book, THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, Jane, a coffee barista, matchmakes people based on their favorite coffee drinks. What’s your favorite coffee drink? (If you don’t like coffee, tell me what your favorite drink in general is. But I am sorry, you’ll never find love. Kidding!)
KAY: Ha! I'm actually a big tea drinker. My standard go-to drink is decaf mandarin orange green tea with honey. But I love the smell of coffee and sometimes splurge on a café mocha if I'm at a coffee shop. Does that count?
KRISTINA: What three things must you have while you’re writing?
KAY: If I'm brainstorming, I need my plotting worksheets, several sharp pencils and my big pink eraser. If I'm writing, I need my laptop, good lighting and a mug of the aforementioned tea. If I'm editing, I need my recliner, a colored pen, and either Twizzlers or caramel Nestle Treasures (okay, sometimes both).
KRISTINA: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?
KAY: I am! Tweeting at @kaycassidy is one of my favorite ways to procrastinate. I just had a Twitter launch party on April 13th to celebrate the debut of The Cinderella Society. It was a blast!
KRISTINA: What are you working on now?
KAY: Right now I'm working on the sequel to The Cinderella Society, titled Cindy on a Mission. It follows the further adventures of Jess and the Sisters as the Wickeds launch an offensive that threatens everything the Cindys hold dear. Cindy on a Mission will be on shelves in Spring 2011.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life. She is the founder of the national Great Scavenger Hunt ContestTM reading program for kids and teens and the host of the inspirational Living Your FiveTM web project. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, movies, music, and reading. Lots and lots of reading. She hopes her debut YA novel, THE CINDERELLA SOCIETY (April 13, 2010 - Egmont), will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.
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