I hope you are all doing well so far in 2016. January is flying by. I thought I’d take this week to answer a few more of the questions you sent into me a while back.
Millie asked: My question is, how easy do you find it trying to meet deadlines for your books to be out? How do you know when it is time to bring a new character into one of your books?
First of all, I am very deadline driven. My publisher expects me to deliver my books on time. After all, this is my job, so it’s just like meeting a deadline in any other job. However, I did find myself missing my deadline for Eternal, but only because y hubby had a kidney transplant and my life got pretty crazy for a while.
As for a new character in my books? Well, they kind of just show up. I’ll be writing along and a character appears and nags me to put them in my story.
Yvonne asked: And a question about Shadow Falls: are you going to write anymore books for Shadow Falls after Della’s story is done? Your books are so awesome and I’ve fallen in love with the characters I don’t the story to end!
Thanks, Yvonne. Yes! I am currently writing Miranda’s novel, and it should be out later this year, probably in October. Right now it is only planned to be one book, but you never know.
Kylie asked: Are you ever going to write more about Kylie?
Sorry, but I don’t have any plans to write another Kylie book.
Lean asked: Are you planning on writing a novella (probably a book) from Lucas and Derek’s point of view? Is there any possible chance that Turned at Dark and Saved at Sunrise will be published in paperback?
Sorry, but I don’t have any plans for a Lucas or Derek novella at this time. And yes, ALL of my novellas plus a previously unpublished novella about Fredericka, will be published in print. The book is called Almost Midnight, and it will be released Feb. 2nd (see last week’s blog for more details.)
The winner of last week’s giveaway of an Advanced Reading Copy of Almost Midnight is Lisa V. Lisa, please email your mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org. Congratulations!
February 6th, I’ll be at Murder By The Book, 2342 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, at 1:00 PM. I’ll be giving a talk and signing my books. There will be a raffle for T-shirts and book totes!!! For more information go to http://www.murderbooks.com/event/2016-02.
February 20th, I’ll be having fun at the Teen Bookfest by the Bay. 9:00-4:30 at Tuloso-Midway High School, Corpus Chrisit, TX. You won’t want to miss it…23 authors and 1 illustrator…5 Author Sessions, a Writers’ Workshop, Illustrators’ Workshop, door prizes and MORE!!!! AND–IT’S FREE!!!! For more information go to https://www.facebook.com/teenbookfestbythebay.
February 24th, I’ll be visiting the Apache Middle School and Apache High School in Apache, OK. For more information go to http://www.apache.k12.ok.us/index.php or call the school: 580-588-3358.
February 25th, I’ll be at the Full Circle Bookstore, 50 Penn Place, 1900 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City, OK 73118, at 6:30 PM. I’ll be giving a talk and signing my books. The first 7 people who buy one of my books at the event will get a FREE t-shirt!! For more information go to http://fullcirclebooks.com/.
April 9th, I’ll be back at the Lone Star Book Festival, Center for Civic Engagement, PAC 113G, 20000 Kingwood Dr., Kingwood, TX 77339. The Lone Star Book Festival is a two-day book festival with nationally, and internationally, known authors that encompasses fiction and non-fiction works. For more information go to http://www.lonestar.edu/LSCBookFestival.htm.
April 13th, I’m back in my home state of Alabama at the Alabama Library Association Annual Convention in Gadsden. AL. For more information go to http://www.allanet.org/?page=7.
April 11th, I’ll be doing a book signing in The Lena Martin Room of the Gadsden Public Library, 5:30 to 6:30 PM. I’ll be reading from and discussing Almost Midnight! I’ll also be doing raffles of Born to Read t-shirts, books, totes, and bookmarks. A limited number of books will be available for purchase. Signing and reception will immediately follow the discussion.
April 14-16th, I’ll be at the Romantic Times Conference in Las Vegas, NV. I’ll be participating in 2 panels: Marketing to Teens and Generation Z, Thursday, April 14 at 4:00PM and the Humble Beginnings panel, Saturday, April 16th at 5:00 PM. I’ll also be at the Teen Day Party on Saturday at 6:00 PM and at the Giant Book Signing Saturday, April 16th at 10:30 AM and 2:00 PM. For more information go to https://www.rtconvention.com/.
April 28th, I’ll be giving a talk and signing my books at 7:00 PM along with fellow author Colleen Gleason at Schuler Books, 2660 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49512. I’ll be giving away tote bags and we’ll both be giving away t-shirts! Come on by! For more information go to http://www.schulerbooks.com/ or call 616-942-251.
April 28-30th, I’ll be the Guest Speaker at the Retreat From Harsh Reality at the Bay Pointe Inn on Gun Lake in Shelbyville, Michigan. Sponsored by MMRWA, you can find more information at http://www.retreatfromharshreality.com/.
July 13-16th, I’ll be at the Romance Writers of America’s Annual Conference in San Diego, CA. Wednesday, July 13th, I’ll be signing books at the “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing, 5:30 to 7:30 PM. This is a great event where all profits go to literacy—and it’s absolutely FREE and open to the public! For more information go to https://www.rwa.org/conference.
So come on out and meet me. I’d love to meet you!