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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:

Q: Do you read unpublished works by other authors?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 Annie Kelley yesterday

I am a first time author, just got my fantasy book listed on Amazon. I have had people tell me I should do it as an ebook (it is just a trade paperback right now). I was wondering if I should, or if I should wait awhile before I do so, let my book sell a bit first? I would appreciate any insight you can give. I love your books and respect your opinion. Thank you for your time. 

Comment by Krista Clemons on Sunday

Thank you Gena! :)

Comment by Kathleen Sharkey on Sunday

Thanks Gena! You are truly amazing, I can't wait to enjoy every word of what you've written! <3

Comment by Gena Showalter on Saturday

Kathleen and Krista -- we can make them, hold tight! :)

Everyone, if I see a spoiler I'm going to delete it (just fair warning :)

Kathleen, the reason there is a different narrator for The Queen of Zombie Hearts audio is because a different audio publisher is releasing it.  While I'm excited to hear the new narrator, I know what you mean about change and I'm sorry about that!  

Caroline, I will be launching a pre-order campaign for The Darkest Touch starting on Oct 8th, so snippets and excerpts for the book will begin to be offered and released then. But there is now something new in the exclusive sections of the app--the runner up poses for the cover.

Comment by Kathleen Sharkey on Saturday
Tayla-I thought the queen of zombie hearts wasn't even released yet.... Is it even released yet??????? DON'T RUIN IT FOR THE REST OF US PLEASE!!!!
Comment by Kathleen Sharkey on Friday
Are there "White Rabbit Chronicles" phone cases?
Comment by Krista Clemons on Friday
I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and I can not find a LOTU butterfly case for my phone. Can you make one for me?
Comment by Kathleen Sharkey on Thursday

Thanks Marie! So excited! :D

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on Thursday

Louisa - Gena reveals things as she is able, for now this is the only information I have, so I am waiting for more just like you

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on Thursday

Ann - There is not a follow up story to Tempt me Eternally, I may have to re read to remind myself what lose ends you are speaking of

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on Thursday

Kathleen - Gena confirmed that audible will be available, we believe it will show up on the 30th the day of the release

Caroline - I can't say for sure when there will be an excerpt or something new, but I believe it is likely you could get an excerpt or something for Darkest Touch soon

Comment by Kathleen Sharkey on Thursday

Any news on Audible anyone????? I can't wait! I'm a little upset though, it looks like the audio version will NOT be narrated by the wonderful Natalie Gold :( What's up with that? To me she IS the characters, I can't imagine hearing anyone else be Kat especially. Tell me I'm misinformed please! Also I have contacted by both phone and email to request the audio version be released there, as Gena suggested!

Comment by Kathleen Sharkey on September 23, 2014 at 6:58am

Hi! I wanted,no NEED, to know if there is any news yet on when The Queen of Hearts will be released on I'm totally obsessing over it lol I am a HUGE fan of Gena and all her books but even though I'm 30 years old I have to say The White Rabbit Chronicles are my favorite! Maybe because Kat reminds me of an older version of my 11 year old daughter :) I'm a big fan of the audio books for many reasons but mostly because I'm so busy. If you have any info about when it will be released on Audible PLEASE comment back! I've been checking daily lol THANK YOU!!!

Kat (yes really lol it's short for Kathleen)

Comment by Caroline on September 23, 2014 at 4:46am

When will there be an excerpt from The darkest touch? And something new on the app? It's been nothing new on the app since July 2 :-(

Comment by Ann Nunes on September 20, 2014 at 11:17am
Is there a follow up to temp me eternally? I would love to have the loose ends tied up
Comment by Louisa Paarsmarkt on September 12, 2014 at 9:11pm

Are there plans in the works to announce more detail about John's book? Since it has a picture, but not a link, I'm hoping we'll be getting one!

Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on September 12, 2014 at 4:27pm

Tayla - There are not any other series with the same characters currently, thats not to say there wouldn't be in the future.  She is extremely excited about a new young adult series coming up so watch for her to announce about that

Comment by Tayla Rogers on September 10, 2014 at 4:49am
Hello, I was wondering if there will be another series with the same characters in the 'White Rabbit Chronicles'? I'm truly upset that the third book is the last of that series... I love the books so much and I will be very upset if Gena doesn't wrote any more books with the same plot and characters. I know she's a very hard worker and does everything she can to make her fans happy but I will be so sad if there won't be any books to do with the 'White Rabbit Chronicles' in the future.
Comment by Marie (Gena's Assistant) on September 2, 2014 at 3:45pm

Malinda - it is around 15,000 words

Kelli - I will admit, most of Gena's signings and things are set up by her publisher, so maybe a friendly note to them 

Comment by Kelli on August 30, 2014 at 10:34am

I know y'all probably have no control over it, but we (in the southern states) would love it if Gena could do a signing in the GA/SC area!

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!


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