Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will you blurb my book?
A: Maybe. It depends on several factors, the biggest being my schedule. Please have your agent or editor contact mine.
Q: When will your next book be out?
A: While You Were Gone, the second book in the Duplexity series, will be published by Knopf in August, 2015. It follows the story of the alternate Danny and Eevee in the parallel universe. Reading the second book will change your understanding of the first book. I’d tell you more but…spoilers.
Q: I like to write. How do I get published?
A: Well, that depends on what you write and what your goals are. If you’re writing short stories, I suggest you check out resources such as New Pages or Duotrope to help you find the right market for your work. If you write novels and want to publish traditionally, I recommend you query agents (after getting your manuscript as polished as possible). A good resource for finding agents is QueryTracker. I don’t have much experience with indie publishing, so I don’t feel comfortable giving advice other than checking out the blogs of the big indie writers out there. I do, however, offer writing advice and resources on my blog, as well as in my writers group’s podcast, Curb Chat (which is really fun, so you should check it out). One thing I encourage writers to do is get plugged into a writing community (not necessarily a critique group, but at least other writers you can chat with). Writing can be a very solitary endeavor. It’s good to have people in your life who get it. It’s good to encourage and be encouraged by them when the going gets rough.
Q: Will you read my manuscript and help me get published?
A: I know how frustrating the road to publication can be, but due to legal reasons, I can’t read your unpublished manuscript. I have, however, shared a lot of my experiences and resulting advice on my blog. If you have specific questions about writing or publishing, you can always contact me. I might have answers.
Q: Will you sign my book?
A: The best way to get a signed book is to attend one of my events. If that’s not possible, you may be able to request a signed copy from Changing Hands, an awesome indie bookstore here in my home town.
Q: Will you come to my school/library/teen event?
A: I’d love to! Contact me.
Q: Will you donate books or items to a charitable cause?
A: Maybe. Please contact me with details.
Q: Do you write by hand or use a computer?
A: I do all my writing on a computer, but I make a lot of notes by hand. And I love organizing chapters with note cards. I’m a bit old school that way. Also, I have an office supply fetish.
Q: There’s a lot of science in Now That You’re Here. How much research did you do?
A: A lot, which was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. You can read more about it here.
Q: Who is your favorite X-Men character?
Q: Did you really meet Benedict Cumberbatch?
Q: Are you on social media?
Q: Who’s your favorite Doctor?
A: It’s difficult to choose, but I have to go with Ten. As they say, you never forget your first Doctor.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
A: I’m all over the map when it comes to music, and I always listen to something when I’m writing. Usually I find a song that fits the chapter I’m working on, and listen to it on repeat while I work. On this page you can find a playlist for Now That You’re Here. And there’s one on this page for While You Were Gone.
Q: Who made the trailer for Now That You’re Here?
A: I did, using the Adobe Creative Suite products. It was a lot of fun. I have a background in graphics and web design. I decided to try my hand at video editing, and voilà! (If you haven’t seen the trailer, you can watch it here.)
Q: Is that your dog?
A: Yes. He’s a goofball.
Q: My question isn’t included in this list. Can I ask you something else?
A: Sure. Drop me a line.
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