FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Could you provide a list of your titles?
The “Nice Girls” Series
“Nice Girls” Spin-Off Titles
A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES
The “Naked Werewolf” Series
The “Bluegrass” Series
RHYTHM AND BLUEGRASS
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.
Q. Do you have any advice for writers?
A. It sounds over-simplified, but my advice is usually, “Writers write.” But I think some new writers get caught in the trap of taking classes, joining writing groups, reading books on technique, and thinking, “Well, I’m a writer now.” Personally, I labored under this false sense of security while trying to get my first book published. I’d read all of these books on finding an agent and writing query letters, so naturally, I should be published! (That’s so not how it works.) Writers have to sit down every day and put words on paper. Taking classes and reading books are a valid use of your time, but you have to keep your focus on writing.
Q. When did you first become interested in writing?
A. When I was 8, I wrote a short story about taking a trip around the world with my class. We lost a kid in every city by some tragic means. (Falling in a canal in Venice, plummeting from the Tower of London) I sat down and typed it out on my mom’s old manual typewriter. Mom was concerned, but impressed.
Writing books was my dream, but I didn’t think I had a chance of making a living as a novelist. My freshman English teacher, Mr. Werner, asked us to write an introductory essay and I wrote a humorous rant about awkward dinner conversations with my dad. Mr. Werner compared my writing voice to Erma Bombeck and read my essay out loud to the class. That was my first clue that I had some talent for making people laugh. I started working for the high school newspaper when I was 15. That was my first taste of writing humor columns, which was what I preferred to news stories. My humor column voice eventually became Jane’s voice.
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.
THE NICE GIRLS SERIES
Q. Will there be more Jane books after NICE GIRLS DON’T BITE THEIR NEIGHBORS?
A. There will be at least two spin-off books set in Jane’s hometown of Half-Moon Hollow. Jane and her friends will make appearances, but will not be the main characters. The first, THE CARE AND FEEDING OF STRAY VAMPIRES was released in 2012. A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES will be released in June 2013.
Q. I found a preview for a book called WITCH HUNT, but I can’t seem to find it in print. What happened?
A. WITCH HUNT was re-titled A WITCH’S HANDBOOK TO KISSES AND CURSES. If you pre-ordered it under the title WITCH HUNT, your order still counts.
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.
THE NAKED WEREWOLF SERIES
Q. Will there be a third Naked Werewolf book?
A. YESSSSS! I can finally confirm that there will be a third Naked Werewolf book. It’s still untitled and there is no release date. And I can’t say anything about the plot. But it’s on the way!
Q. Are the Naked Werewolf books set in the same world as the Jane Jameson books?
A. No. I needed the possibility of werewolves exisiting to be a foreign concept for Mo. I needed her disbelief. If she was aware of vampires existence, her disbelief in werewolves would be sort of silly. However, I did want to reward Jane fans, so I hid little Easter eggs in the Naked Werewolf books, referencing the Jane Jameson books. I don’t want to tell you what they are, but you’ll know them when you see them.
Q. Are the Naked Werewolf covers designed by the same artist who drew the cover for AND ONE LAST THING?
A. Yes, they were drawn by incredibly talented Renata DiBiase.
THE BLUEGRASS SERIES
Q. Will there be an audiobook version of MY BLUEGRASS BABY?
A. Yes, Audible will release an audio version of MY BLUEGRASS BABY. Amanda Ronconi will narrate. I will announce the release date soon.
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 still untitled. 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 you help me come up with an insulting nickname for my ex?
A. Send me an e-mail, I’ll see what I can do.
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.