I know, I know, it’s been several weeks since Kiera Cass was here in the country, but the past month has been hectic, what with my day job and the Manila International Book Fair and Margaret Stohl, Melissa dela Cruz, and Alyson Noel all stopping by at the same time. I’ve barely been able to keep up with my paying job, much less this non-paying one!
Anyway, this interview with Kiera Cass was really fun. She was very bubbly and energetic, and it’s kinda hard not to be infected by that just a little bit. Also, we’re both One Direction fans (What? what? DEAL WITHIT.) so obviously we were speaking to each other on the astral level.
It was a lot more work than I thought it would be, as it seems I have accumulated far more books than I thought I had over the course of many, many years. And it was well into the fourth hour of my clean-up — I kid you not, it took literal hours to do this thing — that I realized I only had a limited amount of space in the apartment I share with the rest of my family.
There really was really only one thing left for me to do: Sell my books.
Ever since the success of self-published authors like Amanda Hocking and E. L. James, publishing houses are looking increasingly towards the internet in their search for the next literary sensation.
One such author plucked from online obscurity and cast into mainstream success is Kiera Cass, who debuts on bookstores around the world with “The Selection”, a young adult novel about 35 girls who vie for the love and attention of the kingdom’s crown prince.
Beforehand, Cass built an online reputation with “The Siren”, a self-published novel that re-imagines the mythological creature and has helped Cass amass a 3,000-plus strong following on Twitter.
Will Cass have the same measure of success on actual bookshelves as she has had on electronic ones? Or will “The Selection”, unlike “The Siren”, fail to draw in readers and fans?