FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Could you provide a list of your titles?
The “Nice Girls” Series (in order)
“Nice Girls” Spin-Off Titles (in order)
THE SINGLE UNDEAD MOMS CLUB (coming in October 2015)
FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES (coming in November 2015)
WHERE THE WILD THINGS BITE (coming in July 2016)
BIG VAMP ON CAMPUS (coming in June 2016)
The “Naked Werewolf” Series (in order)
The “Bluegrass” Series (in order)
Stand Alone Titles
Q. Are your books available as e-books?
A. Yes, each of my books are available for e-readers and are released on the day that the print version is released.
Q. Are your books available on audiobook?
A. Yes, each of my books is available as an audiobook from Audible.com. They are usually released on the same day as the print versions. They are narrated by the fabulous Amanda Ronconi.
Q. Have any of your books been optioned for TV or film?
A. No. None of my titles have been optioned for TV/film. Interested parties should contact Jacqueline Murphy at Fine Print Literary Management, 115 West 29th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001,
Q. Are your books available in other languages?
A. Yes. The Nice Girls books are available in French and German. The Naked Werewolf books are being translated into Thai and Bahasa. If you are a publisher interested in purchasing the rights to my work, please contact Jacqueline Murphy at Fine Print Literary Management, 115 West 29th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001, 212-279-1282.
Q. Are your books available in the UK or Australia?
Q. How did you got about getting published?
A. After I finally finished a draft of the book I thought was acceptable, I went to a web site called AgentQuery.com. I narrowed down a list 75 or so agents that might be willing to represent my work and started sending query letters. I sent out ten at a time, and usually got ten rejections back pretty quickly, then sent ten more. Eventually, Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management offered me representation. Just a few weeks later, she sold the book as a three-book series at auction to Pocket Books. This is not at all typical. It can take a writer years to sell a book, even with an agent. I am very grateful.
Q. Do you have any advice for writers regarding the query process?
A. Yes. Writing a good query letter is a science and almost more difficult than writing the book. I have written a blog post about the process here.
- Treat query letters as business correspondence, because that’s what they are. Have someone else review it for mistakes. No textspeak or slang or cutesy language. Include all of your contact information. If emailing, be sure to mark your e-mail something along the lines of “Query for Agent X” in the subject line.
- Follow the agency’s submission guidelines to the letter.
- Do not contact the agent by phone unless he or she has called you first.
- Sometimes a non-response is your response. If it has been months since you’ve queried an agent and they haven’t responded, that means they’ve said no. It’s better to move on an query another agent.
- It should be noted that I got dozens of rejections before I received any interest from an agent. In fact, I was still getting rejections from agents after my new agent, Stephany, sold the books to Pocket Books. You have to have a thick skin as a writer. Remember, rejection is not personal. It’s just business.
- When I speak at schools and book clubs about “Advice for Writers,” I do a whole subsection entitled, “Don’t Act Like A Lunatic.” That means no follow-up questions to rejections, no angry responses to rejections, no stalking the agents, no sending the rejecting agent a decapitated stuffed animal. Publishing is a remarkably small world and word travels quickly. If you get a reputation for behaving badly, the people you want to work with will hear about it.
THE NICE GIRLS/HALF-MOON HOLLOW SERIES
Q. Is Half-Moon Hollow based on your hometown of Paducah, Ky?
A. Yes and no. Half-Moon Hollow would be Paducah if you took all of the reasonable people out of town. If you are from western Kentucky or southern Illinois you will recognize several landmarks in the books.
Q. Is Jane’s mama based on your own mother?
A. No, I’m actually very close to my mom. She’s the source of my dry, quirky sense of humor and the reason that I write romance novels. Mom has always been an avid romance reader and when I was growing up, she had an enormous collection of romance books. I borrowed a lot of them and got hooked on the stories. My parents are a little baffled by my choice in careers, but incredibly proud and supportive. If you stand still long enough, my mom will eventually pitch my books to you.
Q. Will Dick and Andrea get their own novel?
A . Dick and Andrea will get their own novella, FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES in November 2015. FANGS FOR THE MEMORIES is a flashback to their early courtship when Andrea was still human. It will be released in ebook and audio!
Q. Will the identity of the mystery man who kissed Gigi in I’M DREAMING OF AN UNDEAD CHRISTMAS ever be revealed?
A . Yes, Gigi and her mystery guy will be featured in their own full-length novel, THE DANGERS OF DATING A REBOUND VAMPIRE, which is now available in print, ebook and audio!
Q. Why are there loose plot threads at the end of BIG VAMP ON CAMPUS?
A. The plot of BIG VAMP ON CAMPUS sets up the next book in the Half-Moon Hollow series, THE ACCIDENTAL SIRE, which focuses on Ben and Meagan’s relationship. So the loose threads WILL be tied up in a full-length novel that will be released soon.
THE NAKED WEREWOLF SERIES
Q. Will there be more Naked Werewolf books?
A. I do not know. It’s always possible that there will be spin-off titles to the series, similar to the Half-Moon Hollow novels.
THE BLUEGRASS SERIES
Q. What is the title of the second title in the Bluegrass series?
A. The second installment in the series will be called RHYTHM AND BLUEGRASS. My agent and editor and I arrived on that title so quickly that it actually frightened us. Usually it takes several steps and ab0ut a dozen emails. The book will feature Bonnie, the KTC’s resident historian as she tries to salvage a rundown music hall in fictional Mud Creek, Kentucky. She runs afoul of locals, including Mud Creek Mayor Will McBride, who planned to selling the music hall site to a manufacturer offering economy-saving jobs. As Will and Bonnie try to find a compromise they can both live with, an epic flirtation involving library books, long-lost love, and taxidermically preserved possums ensues. There is no official release date, but I will announce it soon.
Q. What is the title of the third Bluegrass book?
A. The third Bluegrass book is called SNOW FALLING ON BLUEGRASS. I can tell you that it will focus on Kelsey and Charlie. The whole KTC staff is sent to a lakeside lodge for a team-building retreat, only to be trapped there -without power -by one of the worst ice storms in the state’s history. Kelsey, who has nursed a wicked crush on Charlie for years, has been avoiding him and his steadily worsening attitude lately. Without escape or distractions, they’re forced to confront Kelsey’s feelings and Charlie’s issues – all while their coworkers slowly descend into madness Shining-style.
AND ONE LAST THING
Q: So what did your husband do to make you write a story about a woman who gets revenge against her cheating husband?
A: Actually, my husband, David, is pretty great. In fact, his general awesomeness and background as a police officer was the inspiration for Monroe, the sexy romantic lead. And he doesn’t even have a secretary.
If I was going to get revenge on a cheating partner, my plan would probably involve a tire iron, Super Glue and a bag of chicken feathers.
Q. Will you write a witty, hurtful newsletter about my ex?
A. No, because I would be sued. A lot.
Q: Will there be more books about Lacey and Monroe?
A: I am not entirely sure. Lacey and Monroe’s story is told, but maybe there could be more to say about Maya or Lacey’s lawyer, Samantha.