Q: Will there be a third book in the Of Fire and Stars series?
A: Short answer: there is not one scheduled right now. Long answer: I have always known how I want Mare and Denna’s story to end, and there is a third book in my mind. However, it definitely won’t be my next published book–I’m currently working on something else. If you want a third book in the series you can personally make a difference by buying the other books in the series; leaving nice reviews on Amazon, B&N, and other book retail websites; asking your local library to order the book; and recommending it to your friends. Thank you so much for all your love and support!
Q: Will you read or critique my short story/novel/fanfiction/essay?
A: I’m so flattered that you’d be interested in that, but alas, I can’t, for both legal and personal reasons. I highly recommend taking advantage of some of the critique partner matching services out there, or perhaps getting involved with a local or online writing group or organization.
Q: I have a great idea for a book I want you to write. Will you write it?
A: For some writers (me!) ideas are the easiest part of writing. The hardest part is sitting down to do the work of getting those ideas on the page and then revising your prose until the book more closely aligns with the perfection of the idea as it existed in your imagination. If you have an idea, YOU should write it. Nobody will be able to do justice to your idea as well as you can.
Q: I can’t get your book in my country. When will it be translated/available?
A: Unfortunately, translations and foreign sales are not something I have any control over. However, Book Depository ships for free internationally, and is a great place to order a copy if you want one in English. Of Fire and Stars was released in 2018 in German by cbt Verlag as Eine Krone aus Feuer und Sternen. Both Of Fire and Stars and Of Ice and Shadows have sold rights in Brazil but do not yet have release dates.
Q: Will you send me a free copy of your book in exchange for a review?
A: Prior to a book’s publication date, I will generally have some advance copies that I will distribute to bloggers/booktubers/bookstagrammers/booktok reviewers through giveaways on Goodreads or Twitter. The book will also be available on Edelweiss or NetGalley where you can request an e-ARC. Once a book is past its publication date, I no longer have any copies to give away.
Q: Where are you from?
A: I grew up near Portland, Oregon, and then spent a lot of time living in other places, like Washington, Montana, Texas, and California. Now I’m happy to call Oregon home once again.
Q: What did you study in college?
A: I started out as a music composition major (I wanted to compose film scores) and then switched to music history because I wanted to write a thesis.
Q: Do you write novels full time?
A: No. The stability provided by my day job is part of what gives me the comfort and mental health that allows me to write. On the flipside, it means that I’m often busy and tired, so sometimes I am a lot slower to answer emails or to write books than I would like to be. I still love my readers, I promise!