Kiera Cass

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Kiera Cass
Born (1981-05-19) May 19, 1981 (age 37)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Occupation Writer
Genre Young-adult fiction
Years active 2009–present
Spouse Callaway Cass (m. 2004)
Children 2

Kiera Cass (born May 19, 1981) is an American writer of young adult fiction, best known for The Selection series.[1]


Cass was born and raised in Texas and graduated from Socastee High School in Myrtle Beach. She is of Puerto Rican descent. She attended Coastal Carolina University before transferring to Radford University.[2][3] She graduated from Radford with a degree in History.[2]

The first book in The Selection trilogy, The Selection, was published in 2012 by HarperTeen.[4] Television rights for the trilogy were optioned by the CW Television Network and two pilots were filmed, but neither were picked up for a full series.[5] In April 2015, movie rights for The Selection trilogy, The Selection were acquired by Warner Bros.[6]

In May 2013, Cass announced that she would be working on an as-yet untitled series she refers to as 238 on social media, to be published by HarperCollins.[7]

On August 14, 2014, Kiera Cass announced that The Selection series would be expanding into more books. First, The Elite, was published in 2013. “The One” followed. The Heir followed in 2015. Cass announced another book following The Heir, The Crown, which was released on May 3, 2016.

The Selection[edit]

The Selection series, which is what Cass is best known for, is a series of five young adult novels set in the fictional country of Illéa, formerly the United States. The books are about a competition known as The Selection, where citizens of Illéa compete for the current king's heir in marriage.

She also wrote The Siren.


On January 12, 2012 a one-star review of Cass' book, The Selection, was posted on the book reviewing site Goodreads,[8] and on the reviewer's blog. Later on the same day, Kiera Cass' literary agent, Elana Roth, posted a series of derogatory tweets on the social networking site Twitter. In a conversation that Cass and Roth believed was private—but was, in fact, public—Roth called the reviewer names and both Roth and Cass discussed how best to bump the negative review down and boost positive reviews by manipulating the ranking system themselves.[9] The controversy sparked an article by Publishers Weekly speaking out against this practice and raised an outcry from multiple reviewers, bloggers, and publications against the cyber-bullying of non-professional reviewers by authors and agents.[10][11][12]


The Selection series[edit]

  1. The Selection (2012)
  2. The Elite (2013)[13][14][15][16] (ISBN 978-0-06-205997-0)
  3. The One (2014) (ISBN 978-0-06-205999-4)
  4. The Heir (2015) (ISBN 978-83-7686-368-9)
  5. The Crown (2016)

Stand-alone novels[edit]

  • The Siren (2009)[17]


  • The Prince (2013)[18]
  • The Guard (2014)
  • The Selection Stories: The Prince & The Guard (2014)
  • The Queen (2014)
  • The Favorite (2015)
  • The Selection Stories: The Queen & The Favorite (2015)
  • Happily Ever After (contains all of the above Novellas and The Maid) (2015)


  1. ^ "Young Adult Author Kiera Cass on The Selection". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b "About". Kiera Cass ( Archived from the original on 18 March 2015. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  3. ^ Potts, Jessie (24 April 2013). "Interviews: Kiera Cass and Cornelia Funke". USA Today. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  4. ^ "Should Authors and Agents Weigh In on Citizen Reviews?". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 9, 2013). "'The Selection' Dead At The CW". Deadline Hollywood.
  6. ^ "Warner Brothers has purchased the film rights for the selection". Kiera Cass. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Kiera Cass to Author Two New Young-Adult Novels". Children's Book Council. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Goodreads: The Selection Review". Goodreads. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  9. ^ "Goodreads: The Selection Review". Goodreads. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  10. ^ "Should Authors and Agents Weigh In on Citizen Reviews?". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  11. ^ "Breaking the Silence: The Selection Debacle". The Midnight Garden. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
  12. ^ "Authors Behaving Badly". Pocketful of Books. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  13. ^ "'The Elite': Kiera Cass talks about the sequel to 'The Selection'". EW. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Review: The Elite". RT Book Reviews. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  15. ^ "Review: The Elite". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Review: The Elite". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 16 May 2013.
  17. ^
  18. ^ "Read an excerpt from Kiera Cass' new novella 'The Prince' -- EXCLUSIVE". EW. Retrieved 16 May 2013.

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