~If your question isn't answered in this Q and A, please feel free to post below!~
Q: When does the next Lords of the Underworld book come out and who will be the hero?
A: Right now it is slated for July 30th, 2013. The hero is Kane and the title is The Darkest Craving.
Q: Where can I get t-shirts, mugs and other things that represent your books?
A: We finally 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: Will you be writing about the secondary characters (Viola, Cameron, Winter, Irish, Neeka, Tayliah) in the Lords of the Underworld series?
A: I’m not sure they will each receive a full length novel, but there is always a chance they will show up again.
Q: Why aren’t all your books made in audio form?
A: Which books are chosen for audio is up to the publisher (if they own those rights). You can contact the publisher and/or audible.com and let them know there's interest.
Q: Why aren't any of these books graphic novels?
A: To view the manga versions of the Lord of the Underworld books, go here. They are only available in Japanese, however. Right now, the different translation are up to the publisher.
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, a lot of times I change my mind about certain directions, and I never want to tell you something, then change it in a book. (although I reserve the right to do so :)
Q: Are there any plans to make your books – any of your books from any series -- into movies?
A: Having a book made into a movie and/or TV show is a dream of mine. If you have connections in Hollywood, put in a good word for me!
Q: What is the reading order for all the Lords of the Underworld books, including the bonus material?
A: The Darkest Fire (bonus), The Darkest Night, The Darkest Kiss, The Darkest Pleasure, The Darkest Whisper, The Darkest Prison (bonus), Into the Dark (the bonus stories, plus other fun facts) The Darkest Passion, The Darkest Lie, The Darkest Secret, The Darkest Surrender, and The Darkest Seduction.
Q: Do I have to read the bonus material to understand the series?
A: Not at all. :)
Q: Will you be writing about the other angels in Zacharel's army?
A: The second book in the Angels of the Dark series is titled Beauty Awakened and it is Koldo's story. It releases Feb 26, 2013.
Q: Where can I find out where each of the Lord's tattoos are located?
A: Into the Dark (US)/Dark Beginnings (UK) has a description of each Lord's butterfly tattoo!
Q: Do I need to read these books in order?
A: Nope. I tried to make each a stand alone, with enough backstory to catch you up at any point.
Q: Who are the models on the covers? And why don't the models always look like the characters you've described?
A: I don't know who the models are, I'm sorry. My publisher designed and shot the covers. As you can guess, there are a thousand different factors that go into the making of a cover. (Check out the making of a cover, if you're interested) Sometimes I'm sure it's nearly impossible to find a model who matches the character :)
Q: When are you releasing/finishing Awakening Pandora?
A: Awakening Pandora was the original title for the original idea I had for Maddox's story/Lords of the Underworld. Farrah was the heroine of that story, and the 1st three chapters were printed in Into the Dark merely to show readers where my head was at the time (and what they almost got :). However, I ditched those chapters and I will never finish them :) Maddox had a different fate, and that is The Darkest Night.
Q: How do you pronounce the names of the characters?
A: However you want! Seriously, you can't go wrong.
Q: Do the Alien Huntress books have to be read in order to be understood?
A: Not at all! Here's the thing. Awaken Me Darkly (the first) and Enslave Me Sweetly (the second) are both written in 1st person, and though they take place in the same world, the characters do not really connect. However, with Savor Me Slowly (the third) I took the entire series in a new direction. Each book is still set in the same world, but they are now written in 3rd person and are more romance focused like the Lords of the Underworld.
Q: Will Dallas get a book?
A: Right now, I have no Alien Huntress books under contract. However, Dallas appears briefly in Last Kiss Goodnight. (And when I say "briefly" I mean so fast you'd miss him if you blinked)
Q: What is Darkness Eternal? I have found a link at the bookstore, but no other information.
A: Darkness Eternal was to be a compilation of Red Handed and Blacklisted, but it was never printed. The online links found at several stores simply haven't been taken down. I'm sorry for the confusion.
Q: How many books will be in the Intertwined series?
Q: Do you plan to write any more Tales of an Extraordinary Girl books?
A: Right now, nothing is in the works. However, I have an idea for the third story. So, to answer the question, maybe. :)
Q: What is the Otherworld Assassin series?
A: It is a spin-off of the Alien Huntress books, and features a new black ops agency. Last Kiss Goodnight is book one, and I am SO excited to share this with the world.
Q: Do you plan to write any more Atlantis books?
A: Nothing is in the works right now, I'm sorry. One day I might tie up a few loose ends for a few of the characters via short stories, but that isn't definite.
Q: Do you plan to write any more books about the characters from Imperia?
A: Right now, nothing is in the works. And to be honest, it's been so long since I've visited that world, I'm not sure I could stay true to the rules I created. So, the most honest answer I can give is that no, I won't be writing any more Imperia books.
Q: Why haven’t you visited my state/country?
A: My publisher has been the one to pick when and where to send me for tours. If you’d like me to visit a bookstore near you, my best advice is to visit eharlequin.com and or pocketafterdark.com, find an email address there, and submit your request to them so that they know there's interest. The more interest, the greater your chance of success!
Q: When is your next tour?
A: As soon as we have that kind of information, we always post on the blog. So, check the search window here on this site for “tours” and see what pops up. If nothing does, a tour isn’t currently in the works. Also, check the "events" page.
Q: How can we get you to come speak at our book club/event?
A: Contact my wonderful publisher or assistant. If you contact my assistant, make sure you give her all the details. She will check the time and scheduling and all that good stuff.
Q: I want to interview you for my blog for your upcoming release. How do I go about that?
A: Just message Marie--my assistant--here at the site, and we'll see if anything can be worked out.
Q: Do you read unpublished works by other authors?
A: I’m sorry to say I can’t. 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: Who is your agent?
A: Deidre Knight of the Knight Agency. I love her!
Q: I've never read your books. Where do you recommend I start?
A: I only want to recommend upcoming books LOL One of my favorite books that I've written is Alice in Zombieland. Seriously, I was excited to work on it and every word was a pleasure. Also, there’s Last Kiss Goodnight, another book that had me inspired and happy to come to my computer everyday. And I am so excited with the direction the new Angels After Dark series, especially with Beauty Awakened! It was completely unexpected.
Q: How can I get a signed bookplate from you?
A: Please send a SASE (self addressed stamped envelope) to PO Box 890811, Oklahoma City, OK 73189.
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. Her website (where her contact info can be found) is: www.knightagency.net
Q: Why can't I get your book in my country? (or favorite bookstore)
A: Foreign rights are a funny thing. If the US publisher doesn't own those rights, then we have to try to get other countries interested in printing them. Or, if the publisher does own them, they are then tasked with getting the books outside the US. All you can do is let the US publisher know where you live and what you're wanting -- reader interest is key! -- and they will do what they can. And yes, Canada and England are considered foreign rights. If books you want aren't showing up in the bookstores near you, talk to the manager of those stores. Honestly, the more interest, the more likely they are to order (and keep ordering) the books you want!
Q: Can I post copies of your books online? And can I sell your ebooks online? What about reading torrents of your books from a "share" site?
A: 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. I'm sorry, but that's not legally allowed.
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.