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Q and A

    ~If your question isn't answered in this Q and A, please feel free to post below~

                                  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 like that.      

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. Do not send unsolicited material to them, or to Marie.  Deidre's website (where her contact info can be found) is: www.knightagency.net

Q: Do you read unpublished works by other authors?

A: I don't, no. Please know that any work submitted to me or to Marie is automatically deleted without being read. I’m truly sorry for this, but it’s for your protection as much as mine.



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. And please note that we no longer accept books sent in to be signed. Too many people mailed the books without return postage, and that added up. 

 

                                        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. I'll post about the hero/heroine of the next book as soon as it's made official.

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

A: Angels of the Dark, Alien Huntress, and Otherworld Assassin…I would like to, yes. I'll post as soon as details become official. Tales of an Extraordinary Girl, Atlantis, Imperia and Intertwined..I'm sorry, guys, but it's not likely and I sincerely apologize to fans of the series. 

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.  

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.

                                   Most asked industry related questions:

Q: When is your next tour?

A: Check the events page.  

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: Can I write stories based on your characters?

A:  Nope.  That would be a violation of my copyright.  

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 seems to be no inspiration.  

On a writing process note, don't be afraid to write the bones first.  Every word doesn't have to be perfect in the beginning, so it might help if you write like no one else will ever read it.  Get the bones and then you can go back and add the muscle.    

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 Marie (Gena's Assistant) 1 hour ago

Donna - Send a self addressed and stamped envelope to Gena at PO Box 890811 Oklahoma City Ok 73189 and ask for a signed bookmark or bookplate

Kat - a remote chance? ~ all I can say here is watch for an announcement ;)

Marissa - The book club did not pick it up in hardcover, I'm sorry

Comment by Brenda 6 hours ago

I am book boyfriend heaven. Got "The Darkest Touch". Un-reachable until the book is finished :-)

Comment by marissa taylor 6 hours ago
Does anyone know if the darkest touch will be released in book club hardcover. I've gotten all the others from the science fiction book club but this one isn't on there. Is there another bookmark club that has it?
Comment by Kat Sharkey yesterday
Please please pleaseeeee write more of the White Rabbit Chronicles! There's so much room for more, so many ways to add to the story and just make it even more amazing! Do you think there's even a remote chance that Gena will write more???? *fingers crossed*
Comment by Donna Simmons on Sunday

I would love to get your autograph for my best friend for Christmas.We both love your books and we have all of them.How much for your autograph??

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 10, 2014 at 2:54pm

Ayza - We didn't meet that particular goal, so that scene is on hold for now....but I think Gena would still like to surprise you guys with it if she can find the time

Comment by Ayza Hayat on November 7, 2014 at 10:44pm

Are we getting Frosty's POV after the third White Rabbit Chronicles? PLEASE ask Gena to upload something-ANYTHING!! I still check everyday hoping for it!!

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 6, 2014 at 3:07pm

Kat - YAY!  Thank you for letting us know!

Brenda - Thank you!

Danielle - Yes, Brenda is right, you can find the first chapter with her link

Comment by Brenda on November 6, 2014 at 5:35am
Danielle Wisniewski, If you go to Gena's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/genashowalterfans?fref=nf and scroll down the page (on my computer it was about half way down) Gena has posted the first chapter of The Darkest Touch. It will take your breath away.
Comment by Kat Sharkey on November 6, 2014 at 3:18am

EVERYONE!!!! THE AUDIBLE VERSION OF THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS IS NOW AVAILABLE ON AUDIBLE ALSO IT IS NARRATED BY THE LOVELY NATALIE GOLD!!! NO NEW NARRATOR!!! I JUST FINISHED DOWNLOADING IT AND AM ABOUT TO LISTEN YAY! :)

Comment by Danielle Wisniewski on November 6, 2014 at 1:10am

Yes, Amazon or Gena's website. Usually before a book comes out, at least the first chapter is available for reading. I am just interested in wanting to know if there will be any chapter previews of The Darkest Touch.

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 5, 2014 at 8:58pm

Tayla - I would expect that announcement to be soon

Danielle - there are excerpts out there, but are you speaking of somewhere specific?  

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on November 5, 2014 at 8:55pm

Kat - I so wish I had an answer for you, I'm very sorry

Carol - there is not a date set as of yet, and it hasn't been determined who will be next

Ashleigh - the girl on the cover of WRC was a model chosen by the publisher (I don't have her name)

Maddie-I don't think so, but I will double check that answer

Comment by Danielle Wisniewski on November 4, 2014 at 9:15pm

When will an excerpt be available for the darkest touch.

Comment by Tayla Rogers on November 4, 2014 at 5:07pm
When will the new 'young adult' series be announced?
Comment by Maddie Dimfflmaier on November 2, 2014 at 3:30pm
Are there sound tracks for any of the other books besides the first one of the aiz stories
Comment by Ashleigh on November 1, 2014 at 3:33am

Who posed for the covers of the White Rabbit Chronicles?

Comment by Carol Sunseri on October 31, 2014 at 6:59am

When is the next Otherworld Assassins book coming out and will it be John or Michael?

Thanks Carol

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on October 29, 2014 at 3:06pm

To all those who have asked about Queen of Zombie Hearts being made into a movie, have you checked out this site http://iflist.com/aliceinzombieland?utm_content=buffer500ac&utm...

Go and click to support and you can even vote on actors proposed

Note from Gena

If you enjoyed one of my books, I would be beyond grateful if you would take 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.  Honesty is what matters most.

Thank you so much!

Gena 

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