Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be more Kara Gillian books
Yes! DAW publishing bought four more Kara Gillian books! Touch of the Demon came out on December 31, 2012. Book 6, Fury of the Demon will be released January 7, 2014.
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. :-) Nine. That's it. Suck it up..
How the heck do you pronounce Rhyzkahl, Szerain, and Mzatal?
Rhyzkahl rhymes with "PLEASE call"! (And yes, I'm kicking myself for not actually writing that into the first book.) Szerain rhymes with "hair MANE". And Mzatal doesn't rhyme with anything. Try mah-ZAH-tul. If you think of a rhyme for it, let me know!
There are a lot of names and demon words in the Kara Gillian books. How do you keep them all straight?
Easy for me--most of the time--because I have to know the characters and their world really well in order to make them come to life on the page. What you see in the books is only the tip of the iceberg. :-)
However, I totally understand the problem of keeping everything straight. To help with this, I will soon be posting an online glossary that covers all things demon. Look for it in October 2013!
What about Angel Crawford? I thought there were only going to be three White Trash Zombie books, but I've heard rumors that there is a fourth.
Not a rumor! Angel will continue to carve out her place in the zombie world for at least six books. Beyond that, I don't know at this point. Book 3, White Trash Zombie Apocalypse came out on July 2, 2013, and Book 4 will be out in 2014. (I don't have the release date yet.)
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.
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. :-(