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.
Where have the Vamp Chronicles disappeared to? I can’t find them at any outlet.
The Vamp Chronicles was signed to a major publisher, however, I obtained the rights back to them at the end of 2017. They are being thoroughly edited, revised, re-written and expanded, with brand new content. It is the same story but with a better voice and better writing that showcases my growth as an author. I will be announcing release dates soon.
When will the Vamp Chronicles be re-released?
Unfortunately, I don’t have an exact set of dates to provide y’all with yet, and I refuse to provide a date until the work is done.
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.
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. I think both men compliment Lexi in some way and vice versa. For that reason, I don’t have a preference.
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 (re)writing the series. I’ll be sure to let you know if anything comes along though.
When will the final book be released?
The short answer is, I’m not sure. I’m focused on the early parts of the series 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. 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
Will the Future Alphas series be published again?
Yes. This series was signed over to a major publisher, and I obtained the rights back to it at the end of 2017. I am editing and flushing out the first two titles in the series before moving on to write the third title. I will make an announcement when the titles are (re) released.
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 that has been in the works for what feels like an eternity. I will be sharing more information on that once the manuscripts are close to completion.
Do you plan to write a sequel to Allure?
At one point I planned to, but those characters haven’t spoken to me in a while. Unless they do, there will be no sequel.
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?
No. This series was signed over to a major publisher who has the rights, so it will remain with only the four titles in the series.
Do you plan to write more titles for the Alpha Doms series?
Not currently. The Alpha Doms series is a short-story series, and I have moved into writing longer titles.
Are you planning to release more plus size heroine short stories?
Not currently. At one point, I thoroughly enjoyed writing these, however, I have come to appreciate the depth that can be revealed in a longer title. I’m not opposed to writing one though, should I be inspired.
Are you planning to write more plus size heroine novellas & novels?
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 and 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. Research the pros and cons of each before committing to either, because they each have their perks and their drawbacks.
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 those who read your writing.
Have a question that I didn’t cover here?
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