Frequently Asked Questions
Due to the volume of emails that I receive, I may not be able to respond to each one individually. Below is a list of questions that I get asked a lot!
When is your next book coming out?
I try to release books pretty regularly. I am always writing something new. (Check out the widgets in the sidebar of this site to see what I’m currently working on!) Right now, my next release is The Nanny with the Skull Tattoos, available February 24th, 2015.
Are you releasing [insert title here] in paperback?
The short answer is soon.
The long answer is that paperbacks take a lot more time and budget to produce than ebooks do. For now, I am focusing on digital releases, with occasional paperback editions. Please sign up for my email newsletter to get alerted as soon as paperbacks are available!
How do you start writing?
Everyone’s path is different, so it’s hard to answer this question. I took a creative writing class at my community college while I was working on my A.S. and learned a lot of techniques that I still use now. I also read a lot of books on writing. You don’t necessarily need to get an MFA. Sometimes, you just have to start.
What is your writing process?
Every book starts with a flash of inspiration. Sometimes, it takes time to develop that into an idea. Eventually, when I connect the dots, it’s my job to turn it into a plot. I write a synopsis and set a word count budget. Using that synopsis, I write an outline that is more like a really crappy first draft. Each chapter is about a page long, and I just let things flow. Then, using my outline, I write the first draft of the novel.
Can you read my story/book/etc?
I wish I could read everything that comes my way. Unfortunately, I have a very full production schedule, and am not free to do any extra reading. Please keep writing! If you’d like to talk shop, please add me on Twitter.
What do you do to promote your books?
First, I make sure that my books have the basics: good cover, blurb, writing, and editing. Keywords are very important—especially on sites like Amazon. I try to keep things simple. I have an email list. I tweet and post to my Facebook author page and group. I run promotions and advertise them on sites for readers looking for deals. I try to release new books as often as possible.
Are any of your books free?
I usually make the first book in each series free. (Click here to view all of my books.) Occasionally, I also offer review copies when I have a new book coming out. Sign up for my email list to stay in the loop!
Do you have a question that wasn’t answered here? Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org (you can also use this contact form). I may not be able to respond right away, but I will write back as soon as possible!