I've compiled a list of the questions that I get asked most frequently. If you have a question that I haven't answered or you need more in depth of an answer, you can comment on the blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. But please read through to see if I've answered it already.
Do you have an agent?
Yes, I'm represented by Steven Axelrod at The Axelrod Agency, Inc.
Do you read the comments on your blog?
Yes, I read all of them. I don't comment back that often, though, because I don't enjoy the format of it. I also tend to write blogs at night, and when I wake up, there's 20 comments, and I feel bad commenting specifically to one or two people, but not all the people that comment. I also read every comment on Facebook and all my @'s on Twitter.
What is the next book coming out?
The Watersong series is complete now, as are the Hollows comics, with a graphic novel coming out in print in June 2014. The next book I have coming out is the first book in my new trilogy, the Kanin Chronicles. I'm not sure exactly when that will be out, but it should be sometime in early 2015.
Can you tell me about the Kanin Chronicles?
It's a spinoff series from the Trylle trilogy, and it takes place four years after the end of Ascend. More information will be coming out when it gets closer to coming out, but I can tell you that I really and truly love how the series turned out. For the most up-to-date info, please go here: Kanin Chronicles
How many books are in the Watersong series?
The Watersong series is a quartet - Wake, Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy, and all four books are out in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio book. Tidal and Elegy actually just recently came out in paperback, so that's exciting.
Wait. I thought Switched and the other Trylle books were already out. Are these new books in the series?
No. Switched, Torn, and Ascend were previously self-published, but St. Martin's bought the English world rights to them in early 2011. I unpublished all three books in mid-2011. Since then, they've gone through an editing process and are being re-released in both ebook and paperback. Switched came out January 2012, Torn February 2012, and Ascend April 2012. There are still only 3 books in the trilogy.
How are the Trylle books different from their previously self-published versions? Are they different?
There are some differences, yes. The most notable will be fewer errors, since they've had a more intensive editing. They've been polished up and smoothed out, with a few things elaborated on. There are extended scenes, and the third book even contains an additional chapter. But there isn't alternate ending for the series. All the character's fates remain the same.
Additionally, each book contains a brand new, never-before-published short story. Switched has "The Vittra Attacks" which sheds some light on how the Vittra came after Wendy and what they plan to do next. Torn has "One Day, Three Ways" (my personal favorite of the three stores) which shows how three different characters spend a pivotal day from the book. Ascend has "Ever After" which illuminates what becomes of the characters a bit more after the end of the book, and it's set roughly a year and a half in the future. I suspect that "Ever After" will be the fan favorite of the three short stories.
If I already bought the Trylle books as ebooks when they were self-published, will the new content be updated?
No, sorry. I can't even do that with my self-published books. I've made changes and updates, but when I re-publish them, they don't update to previously purchased books. It's just the way things are.
When is the last book in the My Blood Approves series coming out?
That's too long to answer, so please check out this blog: here. Also check out this blog: here, where I explain why I'm not talking about it or any projects that aren't finished.
Why can't I get Wisdom for Kindle?
You can. You just can't get it from Amazon. It's available from Smashwords for Kindle: here.
What's the deal with Honalee?
Honalee was almost ready for publication when I decided to rewrite the ending. I tried reworking it, but something was off. I eventually cannibalized some of the ideas and characters from Honalee and put them in the Watersong series. That means that Honalee will be not coming out, sorry. A lot of the book wasn't working, so I took the ideas that did work and put them in something new. If the story sounded interesting to you, though, you can still check out the Watersong series, which incorporates the best parts of Honalee.
Who is (insert character name) going to end up with?
I can't tell you or it would ruin all the fun. I also won't tell you who shot JR on Dynasty or who is Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects. EDIT: I do know that JR was on Dallas. I was just checking to see if you were paying attention. And a lot of you were. More than I anticipated. So I'm adding this edit, so you know that I know who shot JR. UPDATE: RIP Larry Hagman.
Will there be a sequel to Hollowmen?
There will be a third and final book to the Hollows series. I am working on it but at this moment I have no idea when it will be out. I don't want to say anymore about it until the book is finished, edited, and ready to be published. I explain more about my reticence to discuss projects before they're published: here.
When will the Hollowland graphic novels be out?
The ten-part series is out now, but at the moment it's digital only. The complete series should be released in a paperback graphic novel in June 2014. To check out the comic series, go: here.
Will there be another book in the Trylle Trilogy?
No, because then the title would be a lie, and it would be a quartet.
How do I pronounce the words in the Trylle books?
I made this fun video where I prounonce all the words and talk about them. I didn't the say the name Loki, but it's pronounced the same was it is The Avengers since they're both named after the same character in Norse mythology - Low-key.
Are any of your books going to be a movie?
The Trylle Trilogy has been optioned by Media Rights Capital with District 9 screenwriter Terri Tatchell adapting the books for screen. For the latest on that, check out this page: here. I promise to update it whenever I get any new information.
How do you write books so fast?
I write a lot and drink a lot of Red Bull.
How do you sell so many books?
I'm not sure exactly. I know a lot of it has to do with really supportive readers who do an amazing job of letting people know when they've enjoyed my books. But I did write an extensive blog that explains exactly what I did to get published. You can read it: here. I also worked really hard, and this blog here is the closest I've come to explaining the secret to my success: The Magic Hand.
When you self-published, what company did you use?
This is a question that I got a lot that I don't completely understand. With all my books that are currently self-published, I just went to the retailer and uploaded the books directly to Amazon for the Kindle and Barnes & Noble for the Nook. For iBookstore, Kobo, the Sony eReader, etc, you can't upload directly to the site, but you can publish them through the third-party publisher Smashwords. For more information about that, I would highly recommend going to Smashwords. They also have a really fantastic guide on formatting ebooks. For paperbacks, I went through Createspace, because they were the easiest to use and most affordable.
If you're going to self-publish, you need to research and find out works best for you. It is possible to make a living at it, but you need to learn about the business aspects before you dive in. Here's a link to a blog where I list everything I know about publishing: here.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write a lot, and read more than you write. Learn to take criticism. Edit a lot, and find a good editor. Read On Writing by Stephen King and Joe Konrath's blog A Newbie's Guide to Publishing - all of it. Be professional and polite always, even when people say they hate your book (and people will). Check out the Kindleboards. Everyone knows everything there.
Will you read/review my published book/unpublished book?
No, sorry. I don't really enjoy the act of reviewing. I like gushing about good things and ranting about bad things, but usually only verbally. If I find a book on my own, and it strikes my fancy, I might read it. But even if I do read it, I probably won't review it. If you SPAM me ten times a day requesting me to read it, I definitely won't. I'm also not a very good editor, so if you're looking for constructive feedback on a book before publish it, I'm not the best person to go to for advice.
Will you read my book/materials/letter if I sent it to your home?
If you send something to my home, and I have not asked for it, I will NOT read it. I will simply throw it away, even if it's a book. Sending things to my home without my permission is not an acceptable to way to contact me. I won't read it and I won't reply to it.
What are some ways I can contact you?
Do you listen to music when you write?
I do. I listen to tons of music when I write, and I actually compile extensive soundtracks and playlists, because I'm a freak and have OCD when it comes to note taking. I even post the soundtracks for my books all over the blog. If you look under the tabs for the series at the top, you'll see that each book has a link to its own soundtrack. Here a few of my favorite: Wake, Hollowmen, and Letters to Elise. My favorite musicians are probably blink 182 and Ryan Adams. I also love Silverchair, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence + the Machine, and Elliott Smith. I used to be super into Alice in Chains, but not so much since Layne Staley died.
Who are you favorite authors?
Kurt Vonnegut is my absolute favorite. I also really love Bret Easton Ellis, e e cummings, Chuck Palahniuk, George Orwell, Sylvia Plath, J. D. Salinger, Richelle Mead, Douglas Adams, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Jeph Loeb, and Alan Moore. My favorite books include Cat's Cradle, Catcher in the Rye, Slaughter-House Five, Mother Night, Maniac Magee, Batman: The Long Halloween, American Psycho, Watchmen, Choke, Batman: Hush, Invisible Monsters, Forever, Where the Wild Things Are, Oh the Places You'll Go, Desperation, Salem's Lot, Jaws, Terminal Man, Jurassic Park, Survivor, 1984, Animal Farm, The Bell Jar, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Good Omens, Catch-22, Vampire Academy, and Jenny Pox.
What are you favorite TV shows?
My favorite shows that are currently on the air are Top Chef, Archer, Futurama, South Park, Family Guy, Southland, Dexter, Judge Judy, Parks & Rec, and Episodes. My all time favorite television shows (other than the ones listed) are Two Guys & a Girl, Perfect Strangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Six Feet Under, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Law & Order.
Who did your book covers?
Unless credit is given to someone else, the covers were done by me. Honalee, Virtue, Hollowland, and Hollowmen were done by Claudia McKinney at phatpuppyart.com. The cover for first book in the Watersong series Wake and Lullaby were done by the amazing James Porto and Lisa Pompiello, who works for St. Martin's. She also did the new covers for the Trylle books.
Where can I find your books?
I have links all over the blog, but all my books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore. The Trylle trilogy and the Watersong series are also available at bookstores everywhere. If my book isn't on the shelf, ask an employee, and they'll order it for you.
Why can't I buy your book at Walmart and Target?
You actually can now! Switched, Torn, and Ascend in the Trylle trilogy, and the Watersong series, Wake, Lullaby , Tidal, and Elegy are all out now.
Who's better: Batman or Superman?
What are your favorite movies?
I love movies, especially from the 80s, and this is probably the shortest list I could compile: The Dark Knight, Labyrinth, Pixar's Up, Batman Begins, Pretty in Pink, Empire Strikes Back, My Own Private Idaho, American Psycho, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Willow, Rules of Attraction, Blade Runner, Aliens, The Crow, Back to the Future, WALL-E, Mystery Men, Strange Days, Drive, The Muppet Movie, Drive Angry, This is Spinal Tap, Back to the Future II, Rocky Horror Picture Show, 28 Days Later, Batman Returns, Star Wars, Wet Hot American Summer, Batman, Donnie Darko, Party Monster, The Great Muppet Caper, Edward Scissorhands, Sixteen Candles, The Lost Boys, Return of the Jedi, Goonies, Willy Wonka, Pan's Labyrinth, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Hills Have Eyes, Alien, Igby Goes Down, Star Trek, The Dark Crystal, I Heart Huckabees, Say Anything, About a Boy, Muppet Christmas Carol, Corrina Corrina, Sunshine, A Scanner Darkly, BASEketball, The Breakfast Club, Flash Gordon, Evil Dead, District 9, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Rod, Ed Wood, Cowboys & Aliens, Eternal Sunshine on the Spotless Mind, Muppet Treasure Island, Some Kind of Wonderful, Idle Hands, Lawn Dogs, and Lenny. Basically what I'm saying is that I love movies.