New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

   Answers to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where do you get your ideas?
2. How long does it take you to write a book?
3. I am interested in becoming a writer. Could you read/edit/endorse my work, or refer me to an agent?
4. What's the best way to communicate with you? How often do you post on Facebook and Twitter?
5. If I choose to E-mail you instead, how soon can I expect a response?
6. Are your books available in audio and/or e-book formats?
7. I'm having difficulty finding some of your books. Where can I get them?
8. Can I have an autographed picture of you?
9. I enjoy reading your contemporary novels, but miss the historicals. Will you be writing any more historical romances in the near future?
10. When are you going to continue the [fill in the blank: Monty, Sloane & Derek, etc.] series? And when are you going to write [fill in the blank: Merry, Thane, Chloe, etc.]'s book?
11. Which of your historical novels "go together"?
12. Do you have a printable list of all your novels on one convenient page?

 

Q: Where do you get your ideas?

A: As it so happens, I was asked this question in an interview. To read the answer to this question and more, check out the Thriller Writers Q & A. You'll not only get my responses, but also those of my fellow thriller writers James Rollins and Lisa Gardner.

 

Q: How long does it take you to write a book?

A: With the growing complexities of my characters and plots, I need every possible moment of my one year deadline. Between research, outlining, writing, re-writing, polishing, etc., it takes that long before I'm satisfied with the final product.

 

Q: I am interested in becoming a writer. Could you read/edit/endorse my work, or refer me to an agent?

A: If you're an aspiring novelist, the best advice I can give you is to check out Mystery Writers of America at www.mysterywriters.org and Romance Writers of America at www.rwa.org. The industry has changed greatly since my  first novel was published a millennium ago, and these venues will give you the best and most current tips for publishing your work. In addition, my agent has advised me to reject all unsolicited requests and/or material.

 

Q: What's the best way to communicate with you? How often do you post on Facebook and Twitter?

A: I post as often as I can (or as often as I have someting to share!), but at least every few days. But I check both Facebook and Twitter AM and PM each day, and address questions and comments ASAP. So this is best and quickest way to hear from me: Facebook or Twitter. I also post frequently on my blog.

 

Q: If I choose to Email you instead, how soon can I expect a response?

A: I answer E-mail as frequently as I can — usually in about a week. It's the only way I can keep up with a demanding writing schedule, along with daily interactions on Facebook and Twitter, and still create the best books I possibly can.

 

Q: Are your books available in audio and/or e-book formats?

A: The answer to this is, for the most part, YES and YES— with regard to my contemporary titles. My historicals are in the process of moving into audio and e-book formats, so please be patient.

 

Q: I'm having difficulty finding some of your books. Where can I get them?

A: All of my titles have been listed in either the “Contemporaries” or “Historicals” sections of my website. Clicking on a specific book from the list shows you to a page with links to online retailers and resources— these links will help you locate available copies of that title. Currently, all my contemporaries are available online and at indie bookstores. As of April 2011, my historicals are available ONLY through Bookfinder. If and when this changes, I will update everyone.

 

Q: Can I have an autographed picture of you?

A: Unfortunately, I am not in charge of my photos. Everything these days is created and stored electronically through my publisher. Which means even I don't have a copy!

 

Q: I enjoy reading your contemporary novels, but miss the historicals. Will you be writing any more historical romances in the near future?

A: I wish I could answer that. The truth is, I don't know. Right now, I'm totally immersed in writing my contemporary romantic thrillers and loving every minute of it. But I loved writing my historicals, too. So who knows what the future may hold? All I can promise is that I'll keep you, and all my readers, posted on where my creative muse is currently taking me.

 

Q: When are you going to continue the [fill in the blank: Monty, Sloane & Derek, etc.] series? And when are you going to write [fill in the blank: Merry, Thane, Chloe, etc.]'s book?

A: It's a wonderful compliment to me that so many of my readers care enough about my main characters to want to see their intrigues continue and about my secondary characters to request that they get their own books. Believe me, I'm attached to ALL these characters, too. But I never continue a suspense series (i.e. Twisted & Drawn in Blood; Wrong Place, Wrong Time & Dark Room) or write a beloved secondary character's book until a fabulous-enough-concept pops into my head. When that happens is up to serendipity. All I can promise is that I'll keep my readers posted when and if a series continuation or a spin-off is on the horizon.

 

Q: Which of your historical novels "go together"?

A: Visit the "Related Books" page on my web site for the answer to this one. I'm currently completing a similar page for my contemporaries— so stay tuned.

 

Q: Do you have a printable list of all your novels on one convenient page?

A: Even better!  Click here and you'll find a handy shopping list of all my novels that you can print and take with you to keep track of which books you already own and which ones you want to purchase.