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                                  Most asked non-writing related questions:

Q: How can I schedule an interview with you/get you to speak at my event?

A: Please contact the publisher (Harlequin) or my assistant Marie with your request, and they'll let you know if something can be worked out. Most often I'm not even sure what day it is--sometimes I even lose track of months--so I'm the worst person to ask about scheduling something.      

Q: How can I get a cover quote from you for my upcoming book?

A: I can't promise I'll have time to take a look, but feel free to have your editor or agent contact my agent, Deidre Knight.  Please do not send unsolicited material.  Deidre's website (where her contact info can be found) is:

Q: Do you read unpublished works by other authors?

A: I don't, I'm sorry. Please know that any work submitted to me or Marie is automatically deleted without being read. 

Q: Where can I get t-shirts, mugs and other things that represent your books?

A: We now have an online store!  Go here.  We add new items all the time, and we do take requests.  If what you want isn't there, just leave us a message below and let us know.

Q: How can I get a bookmark or signed bookplate from you?

A: Send a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) to PO Box 890811, Oklahoma City, OK 73189.

 Without SASE, we cannot send you the desired items. Please note we no longer accept books sent in to be signed. 


                                   Most asked writing/reading related questions:

Q: I've never read your books. Where do you recommend I start?

A: I write in a variety of sub genres, so it depends on your particular tastes. Feel free to post on the bottom of this page with your interests and we'll be sure to send you suggestions.

Q: Are you done with the Lords of the Underworld series?

A:  Nope, not even close. Every Lord (and Lady :) will receive a story.

Q: Will you be writing more for the Angels of the Dark? Alien Huntress? Otherworld Assassins?
 Tales of an Extraordinary Girl? Atlantis? Imperia? Intertwined? Atlantis?

A: I'll break it down series by series:

Angels of the Dark -- These characters will be absorbed into the Lords of the Underworld world.  Xerxes and Bjorn show up in Baden's book, The Darkest Torment. Axel and the others will be making appearances in the upcoming books and threads for their stories will appear.  They will receive their own books when the time comes.

(Side note.  For those wondering, there will be a Lords of the Underworld book in 2017. The Darkest Promise is Cameo's story.)

Alien Huntress and Otherworld Assassin -- Dallas's book will come out in 2016 (Blood Red Kiss/Dark Swan).  It will be part of a three author anthology (with Kresley Cole and Larissa Ione).  As for other books in the series, I will most likely write and self-publish them, something I (as yet) know nothing about.  I'm totally willing to learn -- and want to -- I just have to find time between books I owe to my publisher.

Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Atlantis, Imperia and Intertwined...I'm sorry, guys, but it's not likely anytime soon.  However, I won't discount one day self-publishing new stories to close out these series.  

And I'm happy to report The Nymph King is being reissued with additional scenes and older scenes updated/reworked.  

Q: Why are the first two Alien Huntress books written in 1st person and the rest in 3rd?

A: With the 3rd, Savor Me Slowly, I wanted to take the entire series in a new direction, and focus more heavily on romance.  Third person narrative allowed me to do this.

Q: What is the reading order for your books?

A: I tried to make each a standalone, but I understand the need to read in order. You can find the list here

Q: Why won't you answer specific questions about characters and plots?

A: A lot of people hate spoilers, so I try never to spill. Plus, I often change my mind about certain directions in the middle of a story, and I never want to tell you I'm planning something and then not do it--although I reserve the right to do so.

Q: Are there any plans to make your books into movies?

A: Having my books made into movies and/or TV shows is a dream of mine.  You can help by post-post-posting that you'd like this to happen.  On Facebook, Twitter, your blog, anywhere, everywhere.  Post about the actors you'd like to star in it.  Post about how cool you think it'd be. Use hashtags. In this industry, words can be like fires.  The more people are talking about it, the hotter the fire burns and the more Hollywood wants the project :)

Q: Where can I find graphic editions of your books?

A:  Many of my books are available in graphic format now, though they are only offered as e-books. Visit your favorite online retailer.

Q:  Will there be a fifth book in the White Rabbit Chronicles series?

A: Right now, there isn't a fifth book in the works.  I like where things ended. However, there is a free short story, Kat in Zombieland.  Make sure you check it out!

                                   Most asked industry related questions:

Q: When is your next tour?

A: Check the events page.  All tour stops are posted there when they are confirmed. 

Q: Who is your agent?

A: Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency.  I love her!

 Q: Can I post copies of your books online? Can I sell your ebooks online? What about reading torrents of your books from a "share" site?

A: No, no and no. All of the above constitutes book piracy, which is the unauthorized reproduction or distribution of copyrighted work and considered theft. Rather than list the reasons and ramifications here (and there are many), I'll direct you to a wonderful article by the amazing Jeaniene Frost. Go here.

Q: I'm a writer.  Got any advice for me?

A: I've learned a lot about this business over the years, and one of the most important is that writing is just that, a business.  Buckle down and write.  Some days you won't feel like it, but it's important to train yourself to meet deadlines.  And sometimes those deadlines demand you work when there is no inspiration.  

On a "writing process" note, don't be afraid to write the bare bones first.  In the beginning, don't worry about perfection.  Write like no one else will ever read your work.  Write what you love.  You can go back and fix.    

Q: Here at the site, you have a testimonial page.  Do you think your writing has changed in the past couple of years because of what you went through, and how your faith has grown?

A: Yes, I think so.  And I understand why.  The Gena that crawled into that sickbed isn't the one that jumped out healthy.  I'm a new person, and I'm learning my way.  I'm learning what works for me, and what doesn't, strengths and weaknesses, and I'm having fun along the way!


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Comment by Jessica on Tuesday

I am planning on getting a tattoo very similar to Pandora's. I was kind of hoping for a list of the colors of the Lords tattoos. Please and thank you, including Galen. :) Absolutely love your books at least the ones I have read. 

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 29, 2016 at 9:10am

Faith - I don't know the order yet that is not determined, so I can't say if William's story will be last or not but because The Lords will absorb The Angels of the Dark, I am certain there will be more than what is listed as TBA.  Gena only puts up TBA when a book is official with the publisher.  

Sonia - Of course Gena respects your feelings as a reader.  I understand, and she understands your frustrations around the topic of Gilly.  Understand I have to delete your comment because it does give spoilers to anyone who has not yet read the book.  I appreciate your trust in Gena and her writing abilities to turn the ship and make sure Gilly thrives in the end.  Hang on to that, trust that instinct.  Yes, I have heard Gena say she is Team Gilly.  However, remember Gena never posts spoilers about books until she actually sits down to write the book.  One of the main reasons for this is because as she is writing she may change her mind as to the direction she wants to go to develop a story.  

Comment by Faith F on November 28, 2016 at 2:29am

I've tried asking this question on other social media platforms but will the last book in the The Lords of the Underworld be William's story? Would The Dark Promise and the TBA be the last installments in the series or would she be writing more?  Thank you for your time. 

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 21, 2016 at 9:52am

Wendy - I thought the live session was fun, hopefully she will do that again :)

Megan - It is the publisher who needs to see interest, I would start by sending the publisher a message

SunnyWininger - Yes, William will get his own story.  I believe Bjorn will get his own story as well.  Neither have an official date as of yet.

Comment by SunnyWininger on November 16, 2016 at 7:21pm
Will William and Bjorn be getting their own books?
Comment by Megan stewart on November 16, 2016 at 2:07pm
Hello, I had a quick question for you. I would very much enjoy having you do a book signing in Pennsylvania and wanted to know if I could put a post on your page for a petition to try and do so. I know that your agent needs to see an interest so I thought this may be the quickest way to try and express said interest. If I am able to post this, please let me know! Thank you ☺️
Comment by Wendy on November 8, 2016 at 6:47pm

Just saying Hi and thanks to Gena for the FB live session. I missed it but watched the video. She has such cute dogs.  Have a great week !

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on October 24, 2016 at 7:48am

Laquita - I know that there are many who would like to see Darkest Promise next, but there are also many who would like to see Lifeblood next.  Gena makes these decisions with the publisher and not on her own.  When Lifeblood is released it will have been a year since Firstlife was released.  When Darkest Promise is released it will have been a year since Darkest Promise was released.  I am sure that a lot goes into deciding the timing of each book.  Gena never wants to rush a storyline and I know that Darkest Promise will be worth the wait. 

Comment by Laquita Collins on October 20, 2016 at 6:13am

I love LOTU books but it is taking forever for Cameo book to come out. Why can't it be release before that Everlife book? To me my favorite are the LOTU books , The Atlantic's books ,Aliens books and Catch the mate. None of your teen books, Zombieland books. Some of your real die hard LOTU books just want to know. But come on that book should have been out. 

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on October 2, 2016 at 9:19pm

Sappy - Darkest Promise will be released June 13, 2017

Bobbi - I show the Everlife Series is listed second, right after White Rabbit Chronicles

Kathryn -Yes, that is the plan for William to have a story, I just do not have an official date or title as of yet

Ava - I agree with you :)  White Rabbit Chronicles was originally only supposed to have three books, so I felt really excited to get the fourth book.  I won't say it is impossible, but right now nothing is in the works for another

Comment by Ava White on October 2, 2016 at 6:01am

I know you have probably heard this a thousand times Gena, but could you please please please make like a hundred more Zombieland books? They are my absolute favourites and no matter how many times I read them, I find myself with the need to keep reading and even if there are no more books, I go back and read the first one again. They are, to quote Kat 'so totally cake'. I would love to read more. Thanks! :)

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on May 3, 2016 at 9:42pm

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Gabrielle - i'm not sure, it's possible it could be given away as a pre-order prize

Katrina - There is not a plan for something like that, but I would say that anything is possible

Catherine - Gena has told me that more will be explained about this in the Darkest Torment

Sheila - I don't have any info on new releases, I'll have to check into that

Note from Gena

If you enjoyed one of my books, I would be beyond grateful if you took a moment to post a review somewhere online to help other readers discover it.  The review can be as long or as short as you want.  

Thank you so much!


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