I hope to answer many commonly asked questions on this page in an effort to respond to many of your inquiries quicker since I’ve fallen behind on replying individually to everyone. I will be adding more questions as they come up. Thanks! 🙂
Where have the Vamp Chronicles disappeared to? I can’t find them at any outlet.
The Vamp Chronicles will be returning in 2015 in a bigger, better way, so to say. They are being thoroughly edited, revised and expanded, with brand new scenes and content. I will be announcing more about this as soon as I’m permitted. For now, just know that they will be returning, so hold on tight.
When will the Vamp Chronicles be re-released?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an exact set of dates to provide y’all with yet. In fact, I don’t have much that I can share with you at all at this point. I want to. Sweet cherry pie, do I want to. But I’m bound to secrecy for the moment. The second I get the go-ahead, I will be sharing every detail with y’all. Promise.
How many books in total do you plan to write in the Vamp Chronicles Series?
Seven as of right now.
Will there be a spin-off or continuation of the series beyond that?
I’ll never say never, but at this point, I have no plans for one.
Did Kellan die in Book 3?
Kellan is very much alive in book 4, Vamp Versus Vamp. The epilogue at the end of Hit the Road Jack was meant to further push the question of whether or not Kellan can/will survive his predicted fate. I promise that by the end of the series, everything will have come full circle and make sense.
Will Lexi end up with Kellan or Kai? Do you have a preference?
My characters are an extension of me. They’re like family, and I love them all, even Mike. I think both men compliment Lexi in some way and vice versa. Book 5 gives you a good glimpse into Lexi’s future, but The Break of Dawn solidifies it.
Are they going to make a Vamp Chronicles movie or TV show?
I think many authors write with the aspiration that their books will someday come to life in a visual format. As of right now, Hollywood hasn’t called. If the opportunity presented itself, then I would certainly consider it, but for now, I’m focused on writing the series. I’ll be sure to let you all know if anything comes along though.
Why did you turn Mike into a bad guy?
I didn’t. There were small hints along the way that indicated all wasn’t peachy. He showed signs of possession in the cafeteria, kept her on her toes about whether he’d show up and check on her at B&N with Mel, and he slipped and admitted he didn’t think he would have competition for Lexi’s attention on the phone. It’s in the moments we don’t think before we speak that we tend to reveal our true inner self.
When will The Break of Dawn be released?
The short answer is, I’m not sure. I’m writing it at the moment, however things outside of writing determine the speed at which I’m permitted to get it done at.
Why does iTunes take longer to release your titles?
All of my books are uploaded to iTunes/iBookstore the same day as Amazon, B&N, and the others but quality assurance and processing time varies with each e-store. As of right now, Smashwords is the quickest distributor with an immediate availability of the title. Amazon and B&N are next, averaging about twelve hours in the US store for the book to be made available. Apple is literally the golden apple though. They close for the holidays, have very strict guidelines and are meticulous about what they make available. Subsequently, it often delays what is uploaded. I do check regularly in my back office with them and post purchase links as soon as they become available.
YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
Do you plan to write more in the Future Alphas series?
Absolutely. I’ve already begun the third title in the series, tentatively titled Fierce and Fabulous.
Will all of your Future Alphas titles feature curvy girls?
At this point in time, yes. I’m not opposed to writing smaller girls, as we do come in all shapes and sizes. I write the characters how I see them in my head, though, and thus far, they’ve all been curvy.
Do you plan to write any other young adult series?
I actually have a YA sci-fi trilogy in the works. I will be sharing more information on that once the manuscripts are close to completion and/or release dates are set in stone.
Do you plan to write a sequel to Allure?
At one point I planned to, but scheduling has ruled this out anytime soon.
Do you plan to write a sequel to Curvosity?
Not at this point. If I did, it would focus on Donte finding a mate.
Do you plan to write more One Soldier titles?
Absolutely. I plan a total of four at this point: One Letter, One E-mail, One Christmas and One Note.
Do you plan to write more titles for the Alpha Doms series?
There is one more title planned for the Alpha Doms series, bringing the series to a round 10 in total. Don’t despair, though. I plan on writing a second series titled Beta Doms, which will focus on sexy, very-alpha-despite-being-titled-a-beta doms finding their mate. Some of these betas you may have met already. The first title in the BD series will likely hit e-shelves in late 2015 due to tight scheduling for most of 2015.
When will Cade’s book be out?
The sequel to Two Times the Charm is in the works, but, due to scheduling – and a lack of demand on Cade’s part – he’s not a priority, at the moment. Cade is a character that I thoroughly enjoyed writing, though, and I really can’t wait to dive back into him and share his story of finding his mate.
Are you planning to release more plus size heroine short stories?
Absolutely! I have a passion and a purpose in them. Alpha Doms anyone?
Are you planning to write more plus size heroine novellas & novels?
Again, absolutely! Most of my adult books, short to full-length, feature full figured gals. Women of all shapes and sizes deserve to be loved, but it feels like most books these days still cater to what an ideal woman should look like: heroines barely break a size 6 in most of the books I’ve read. Even if I feature a smaller heroine, I always include a plus size woman in my cast somewhere. …I’ll wait while you check.
What is your writing process like?
Honestly, I don’t have one. There are two types of writers in the word: planners and pantsers. In school, they teach you to be a planner. They want outlines, a synopsis, rough drafts and all sorts of other things that drove me crazy because I am a pantser. Basically, I go in with a general idea, however, I allow the characters to write their own story. It doesn’t matter how I think their story should be, they deliver the details that mold the story to what it is. So, in one word, my writing process is chaotic. I write what comes to me, when it comes to me, and scenes are not always in order. I head jump, character jump and book jump many times as well because whoever is talking the loudest gets my attention. It’s not a perfect system, but it has helped me write what you’ve read.
I’m an aspiring writer/author, what advice do you have for me?
Keep writing. It’s the simplest answer, what seems like the simplest thing to do, yet once you get far enough in, you realize the challenge of it.
Writing is emotional, often fueled by our whims, by inspiration and motivation that tends to dwindle over time. I always have at least two books going at the same time. When I lose steam with one, I can switch to the other and keep going. I never work on a title unless I’m feeling fresh and inspired with it because you notice the difference. Force yourself to write something, then write what inspires you and compare the pieces. The flow, the harmony and, especially, the voice will be completely opposite most times. It will reflect your voice in the moment, whether tense or passionate, because writing is a part of you; regardless of what you write, it reflects some part of you in those words, even if it is merely the mood of the piece.
So, keep writing; write with a light hand but a heavy heart and you will see the best of yourself.
I’m writing a book. Will you read what I have and give me feedback?
I mean this in the nicest way possible when I say it, but no. First and foremost, you should never give an unpublished, not yet copyrighted piece of work to any stranger. This is for your protection. This is your baby, your child, only leave it temporarily with someone you trust. There is too much piracy already in this world; protect what you can, your writing included.
Secondly, in all honesty, my feedback doesn’t determine the success or failure of your work, but criticism could destroy our relationship as author and reader. I treasure all of my readers and don’t want to lose a single one of you. With that being said, I’m reverting back to my original statement. This is your baby. While you may enjoy another author’s work, Lord knows I have a long list, they are still a stranger to you. Unless you take the time and develop a strong friendship with them in which respect is mutual and personal information is shared, I would advise you not to approach them on this matter. If you are still in school, English teachers/professors make excellent critics for these things. If you want help polishing the piece, contact an independent editor. If you want feedback on the idea, the book, the development of your characters or progression and flow of your story, look into a writers group or network. Romance Writers of America has a nominal fee, regular meetings and a slew of talent to share your story with. It works in this setting because by meeting with these people, you are committing to building a friendship with many of them. And, even if that is not your intent, by attending, you show you are committed to a networking relationship with them at the least.
I wish you the best of luck in your writing adventure! I hope you find the success you seek.
I’m looking to publish my book. Should I go indie or traditional?
In short, no one can tell you which route to take. Publishing is a personal preference. It’s you deciding which route feels best to you. For a detailed breakdown on the two processes though, I would suggest you read my Publishing Page.
I’m publishing a book. Can you give me some advice on the industry?
Be prepared. The publishing industry, being an author within this industry is like being a part of any business: politics are always present. I do my best to keep to myself. There is little separation between public and private. Everything you say can be analyzed. Everything you do is before the world, whether you realize it or not. So my detailed advice would be to grow thick skin, there isn’t a single book in the world that no one has disliked at some point, keep out of the politics and debates, network often, and focus on what’s important: writing and your readers.
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