High School Flashback Tour: Kay Cassidy

YA authors Kay Cassidy, Kimberly Derting, Christina Gonzalez and Christy Raedeke will be on the blog this week talking about themselves in high school and sharing photos (I'll be doing the same at their blogs - yikes!)   On Friday, each blog will give away a package of bookish treats.

First up: Kay Cassidy...

Kay Cassidy is the author of teen fiction she wishes was based on her real life.  She's 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, will help girls embrace their inner Cindy.

Learn more about Kay on her website www.kaycassidy.com, more about the book & giveaway at the end of the post and more about Kay in high school right here!


Who did you take to the prom?   My school only had senior proms, so I only had one.  I took my boyfriend at the time who was a year younger than me.  Sadly, he had a curfew so it was almost more like a dance than a prom for me. No big exciting after party or anything.  The limo dropped him off, I grabbed a late night snack at Denny's with a friend who also had a junior date with a curfew, and then I went on home.  <yawn>  Kind of like my life now (minus the limo and substituting Starbucks for Denny's). ;-) 

But there is something about my prom that I'd totally forgotten until I dug up a prom picture.  (I'm always cautious about posting pictures of other people without permission, so I've cropped it down to just me.)  The big deal about my prom dress was that… I designed it!  I was so proud of it.  It looks vaguely like a bridesmaid dress, but then most of the dresses did back then anyway.  I sketched the design, picked out the fabric (ivory satin – nothing like a little early jump on the wedding planning, eh Kay?), and then my mom found a local seamstress to make it.  It was tres exciting.  :-)

On weekend nights in high school, I usually...My friends and I used to love to go to midnight movies.  So Friday night, after the football or basketball game, we'd pile into somebody's car and go back to change out of our cheerleading uniforms.  Then we'd hang out for a bit before heading for the movies.  I vividly remember sitting in the front row of the theater (how my neck survived it I have no idea) and watching Good Morning, Vietnam my senior year.  I know there were many other movies, but we ended up with all these insane inside jokes from Robin Williams' crazy moments in that film.

What were you most likely to be in trouble for in high school? I was a pretty good kid and never got into too much trouble.  But if I ever got in trouble in school, it was either for talking in class (people who know me are naturally shocked by this) or for passing notes in class.  When I was in 7th grade, I was writing a note to a friend in my math class when another teacher walked in the room behind me and grabbed it out of my hand.  And then proceeded to READ IT ALOUD to the entire class.  It started with "Mr. L is soooo boring!"  I was completely mortified because Mr. L also happened to be really nice.  He even made a joke out of it himself and teased me about it, very good-naturedly, for the rest of the year.  You'd think I would've learned my lesson, right?  But that would be a resounding no.  I just got more stealthy about it.  :-)


The Cinderella Society

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. Buy The Cinderella Society here.


The Giveaway:  This Friday, May 21, one randomly-chosen entrant will win a glass slipper bookmark from Kay Cassidy, notepad, pen & bookmark from me, red umbrella from Christina Gonzalez, copy of Prophecy of Days from Christy Raedeke and a tote bag (to carry all of it!) from Kimberly Derting:


Comment on any of the Flashback Tour interview posts to enter.   

Each author will give away an identical package so be sure to visit Kay, Christy, Kimberly and Christina's blogs to check out their daily flashback tour posts and enter for five chance to win. 

Good luck!

PS - my embarrassing HS stuff is on Christy Raedeke's blog today.