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Author Kiera Cass dishes on her new book, 'The Heir'

Author Kiera Cass at the 92 Street Y

Author Kiera Cass at the 92 Street Y in Manhattan with Kidsday reporters Sam Tashkala and Noa Schachter, both of Port Washington on May 10, 2015. Photo Credit: Newsday / Pat Mullooly

We met bestselling author Kiera Cass at the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan recently. She was there to promote her latest book "The Heir," which is the fourth installment in her "Selection" series.

"The Heir" continues with an extraordinary twist by reversing the system. With such different and interesting perspectives than the original story, it is a must read. It follows the selection of Eadlyn Schreave, the daughter of King Maxon and Queen America Schreave. Eadlyn is expected to find a husband in one of 35 men from around the country sent to the palace in an attempt to win Eadlyn's heart.

Is there any book you ever wanted to change the ending to?

Like somebody else's book? No, because I, well for me, my characters are completely in control. So I'm not in charge of what's going down. So I don't blame authors for what happens. I just feel like whatever happens in a book has to be the way that it is and I don't ask questions. I'm not always happy, but I think that's OK. I don't think you always have to be happy with the way a book ends.

Do you ever go on social media just to see how your fans perceive your characters in your stories?

It's kind of unavoidable now. I can't respond to everybody who says something, but I try to read as much as I can. I think it's important to listen to your readers. So I'm out there and I'm aware, but I don't get on specifically looking for stuff.

You've seen the covers of your books. Which is your favorite dress?

They're all so gorgeous. That's a hard call. I think I might be in love with the cover of that dress on the cover of "The Selection." It's vintage, one of a kind, can't get it anywhere which drives me crazy.

The "Selection" is being turned into a movie. What was your reaction to that?

It was like, several weeks of talking, feeling like maybe this, going back and forth. So I haven't had like an "Oh my goodness" moment yet. I've been told that you really shouldn't celebrate until you're in the limo on the way to the premiere. So I will tell you how I feel that day if it comes. Right now I'm just kind of chilled out.


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