Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be more Kara Gillian books?
Yes! DAW publishing bought three more Kara Gillian books! Secrets of the Demon came out on January 4,2011. I don't know the release schedule of the next two books, but I'll post it as soon as I know.
How many Kara Gillian books will there be?
Well... My first answer to that is to state that this is not an unending series. There's a definite end to the overall story arc, and yes, I know what it is. :-) I think it will take 8 or 9 books to get there, but please don't hold me to that. As I write this, I currently have contracts through book 5, and I have high hopes that the publisher will see the series through to the conclusion, but I'm not absolutely certain as to how many books it will take to get there.
How the heck do you pronounce Rhyzkahl?
It rhymes with "please call"! (And yes, I'm kicking myself for not actually writing that into the first book.)
Do you have any other series planned?
Why, yes! Yes, I do! When DAW bought books 3,4 and 5 in the Kara Gillian series, they also bought three books in new series of mine about a white trash chick who gets turned into a zombie, and ends up working in a morgue for easy access to brains. The first book, My Life As a White Trash Zombie will be out on July 5, 2011!
I have a neat idea for what you could do with your characters in a future book. Can I send it to you?
Yikes! No! Seriously.. just... no. Trust me, I'm head over heels in love with the fact that some of you have become so invested in these characters. But sending me ideas, or fanfic, or anything else of the sort puts me in a really uncomfortable and sticky position that I'd prefer to avoid. I know things about my characters that no one else does, so you're going to have a tough time coming up with scenarios that I haven't already thought of that remain true to their backstory.Plus, to be horrid and blunt, the last thing I need is someone claiming that I stole their idea. I'm sorry, and you would probably never even dream of doing that, but we live in an entitled and litiginous world, and there are crazy mofos out there!
I'm a writer trying to improve/break in/find a critique partner. May I send you some of my work so that you can give me feedback?
Again, no, for the reasons I stated above, and for one more big reason: I'm expected to turn a book in every 4-5 months. I'm obscenely busy! (I mean, look how long it took for me to get these FAQs up!!) I have a few very skilled and trusted critique partners who will read my work and give me feedback, and who then expect me to reciprocate by reading and critiquing their work. I can barely keep up with this, so adding any more to my workload is a no-go. Basically, if you send me a manuscript or any sort of attachment, I'll delete it unread. :-(
Do you reply to fanmail?
I try! I appreciate it SO MUCH when readers take the time to let me know how they feel about my books. (Er, I'll confess that I appreciate it more when it's of the "I loved it!" variety rather than the "Your books suck!" variety..LOL) I really do try to respond to all fanmail I receive, but, that being said, there are times when I get hideously bogged down and fall behind. (Now is one of those times! Ulp!) I'm starting to get caught up, but if you sent me something months ago and never received a response, please know that I didn't purposefully blow you off.