(This is a reader-focused FAQ. I’ve moved some of my FAQ from writers to another page HERE. So if you’re looking for advice about indie-publishing or writing, go there.)
1. Where did you get the inspiration for your books?
This is a really common question with no clear answer except my overactive imagination. In a more general sense, I usually start with characters first. That is, characters come to my fevered brain, and the plots to my books usually follow that, not the other way round.
2. Why romance?
Because I think love and relationships are worth writing about. And while I love happy endings, I don’t think real love is easy. It probably shouldn’t be.
3. Why paranormal?
Why not? I love being able to write about characters who are thousands of years old. I love being able to inject magic and mystery in my books. I love, love, love being able to build a world where everyday reality is twisted. The real world has real drama, and I love writing about it, but my first love is fantasy and probably always will be.
4. Do you really have three different ongoing fantasy/PNR series? Who told you THAT was a smart move?
No one. No one told me it was smart. In fact, it’s really dumb. Please don’t do this. It’s pretty much a horrible idea because you always feel like a deadline is looming ominously. Because it is. (I never claimed to be sane or wise.)
Sometimes, you get ideas that won’t leave you alone. (The Irin Chronicles was kind of like that.) And then sometimes you’re tired of doing horrible things to characters you like and need a break to write happy things. (Cambio, I’m looking at you.) And sometimes you need to hang out in a world where you’re really comfortable with all the rules and mythology. Where the characters feel like old friends. (Yo, Elemental.)
See, varying the worlds I write in keeps me fresh, which makes all my writing better. And that makes everyone happy. (Especially me.)
5. So who are you published by?
(Except for some subsidiary rights like audio and foreign translations.)
6. But who told you your books were good enough?
(And my best friend, who is NOT a forgiving reader. No matter how many holidays she spends at my house. An example of glowing praise from her is: “This doesn’t suck.”)
But mainly READERS. Judging that well over a million of you have bought or downloaded one of my books by now, I feel kind of okay about the whole thing. (And that’s as much as I’m ever going to toot my own horn because EWW.)
7. I hate e-readers, why can’t I get your paperbacks at my bookstore?
Sorry you’re not an e-reader fan. I do my paperback publishing through Createspace which is a print-on-demand outfit, and I’m very happy with them. Though my books may not be on the shelves of your local bookstore, they should be available for order if you ask your bookseller to look. (There are links on the “Buy the Books” page that can direct you to an independent bookstore in your area.) Createspace distributes through Ingram’s distribution, which is very widely used. They can be printed and shipped through the U.S., Canada, and Europe. All my paperbacks are also available for order at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
8. Why don’t you sell signed copies of your books on your website?
Honestly? ‘Cause I’m kind of lazy and haven’t set it up yet. I probably will in the future, just check back. Or e-mail me and bug me about it. If enough people bug me about it, I’ll probably feel more motivated. Also, please feel free to bring your books to events listed here on the website. Unless otherwise noted, I will be happy to sign a book you’ve brought with you.
9. Will you come sign books in my city?
Possibly. I’d love to sign more, but I am a single mom who lives in a small town, and my time is limited. I also want to keep writing books. (Deadlines trump travel!) I try to get out to conferences and signings when I can, and I’d love to see you at them! You can look for upcoming events on this page.
10. What are you writing next?
I’m doing edits on Waking Hearts right now with my developmental editor. Then I’ll be writing the Ben/Tenzin novella I was researching last summer for the Elemental Legacy series. Then pooooosibly an Irin novella, then Elemental World again. The best way to keep up and not miss anything is to sign up for my New Release Newsletter so you will get an e-mail every time I have a new release. It’s ONLY for new releases, so you don’t have to worry about me spamming your inbox.
In short, I’m always writing something, planning something, or editing something. I love my job.
11. I am interested in rights to your work. Who should I contact?
Thank you for your interest in my work. I am represented by Jane Dystel at Dystel and Goderich Literary Management. Please contact her for more information. Thanks!Dystel & Goderich Literary Management 1 Union Square West, Suite 904, New York, NY 10003 P: 212-627-9100 F: 212-627-9313 www.dystel.com (And yay! We’ve ended on an odd number, which makes me happy. Even numbers make me twitchy.)