FAQ2021-09-09T15:28:13-07:00

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Daniel in EVERY OTHER WEEKEND the same Daniel from IF I FIX YOU?2020-07-23T11:12:22-07:00

Yes! EVERY OTHER WEEKEND takes place chronologically before the events in IF I FIX YOU so if you want to see a bit of Daniel before he meets Jill in IF I FIX YOU, you know where to go :) The books are standalone though, so you can read them separately or in any order.

How many books have you written that aren’t published?2020-07-23T10:56:05-07:00

If I Fix You was the first book I wrote start to finish (I started and quickly abandoned an adult novel prior to that). While I was querying If I Fix You I drafted Every Other Weekend and Girl on the Run. I then wrote The First to Know followed by Even If I Fall.

I have the wonderful privilege of being able to sell books on proposal now (a proposal is a synopsis and usually three sample chapters), so I don’t fully write books unless they have been sold.

So, every book I’ve fully written has been published.

 

What should I do after I’ve finished writing my first novel?2019-08-21T12:09:16-07:00

Celebrate! Writing a book is a massive accomplishment!

You’ll want your manuscript to be as polished as possible before you consider what publication path you want to pursue so my first suggestion would be to start getting feedback. Finding solid critique partners and beta readers will be invaluable(google searches are a great place to start).

Are you a planner (outline before drafting) or a pantser (drafting without knowing what will happen)?2019-08-21T12:34:17-07:00

I used to be a diehard pantser.  I wrote my first book, If I Fix You, without any idea where the story or characters would end up and it took me FOREVER! When something significant needed to be changed I had to re-write half the book. Plus, there’d be days where I wasted so much time just trying to figure out what to write that I’d barely write at all. I was kind of forced into becoming a plotter when I needed to submit a book proposal (synopsis and the first three chapters) to my publisher for what became my sophomore novel, The First to Know. I’d written a synopsis before, but never prior to completing the first draft so this was an entirely new experience for me and it changed everything! I was able to write my entire story in ten pages or so and then when something needed to be changed, it was as simple as rewriting a few pages instead of a few hundred. I was able to work out my story/character issues before I started drafting and I had a roadmap to follow once I did start drafting. No more wasted time! I can write a full book now, start to finish including edits, in six months versus six years! I now write a ten or so page synopsis before I begin drafting. It contains the main storyline but still leaves me with the freedom to develop secondary storylines and characters so I never feel too constrained.

Who are some of your favorite authors?2020-07-23T10:51:20-07:00

Some of my favorite authors (in no particular order) include:

Huntley Fitzpatrick, Sarah Dessen, Tamara Ireland Stone, Jeff Zentner, Rainbow Rowell, Renée Watson, Katie McGarry, John Green, Becky Wallace, Nicola Yoon, Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, Kasie West, Melina Marchetta, A.S. King, Suzanne Young, Andrea Portes, Katy Upperman, E. Lockhart, Margaret Rogerson, Leigh Bardugo, Rachel Caine, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Tricia Levenseller, Naomi Novik, Marie Brennan, Diana Gabaldon, Ilona Andrews, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Mindy McGinnis, Maggie Stiefvater, Andy Weir, Robin LaFevers, Stacey Jay, Marie Rutkoski, and Marissa Meyer.

Where can I get signed copies of your books?2019-08-21T11:24:53-07:00

I love this question! You can order signed copies of my books from Changing Hands Bookstore. Add any personalization details to the comments section when you check out.

How/why did you start writing?2019-08-21T11:01:22-07:00

I answer this in the Behind the Book video I did with my publisher.

Do you drive? If so, how?2019-08-21T10:57:37-07:00
Will you write a sequel to If I Fix You?2020-07-23T10:59:07-07:00

I get this question a lot, specifically because people want to know what happens to a certain character ( I know! I think about him too!). The answer is maybe. I do know a few things that happen to a certain somebody after the events in If I Fix You and if my publisher asked for a sequel/companion book…maybe I’d write it. So if you want more, let my publisher know via social media or email.

How can I get an ARC of your next book?2020-07-23T10:42:49-07:00

Reviewers, librarians, and booksellers can request ARCs through NetGalley, Edelweiss, or directly through my publicist (see my contact page for details). Otherwise, you can check for giveaways on Goodreads, my blog, and subscribe to my newsletter.

Is THE FIRST TO KNOW a sequel to IF I FIX YOU?2017-06-02T10:26:18-07:00

No, THE FIRST TO KNOW is a standalone novel, but there is a cameo from an IF I FIX YOU character in it.

How do you type with paralyzed hands?2017-06-02T10:22:25-07:00

I posted a video talking about this:

Why are you in a wheelchair?2016-03-23T18:11:02-07:00

I talk a little about my car accident here. I’m planning on writing more about this at some point, but the short answer is that I’m a tetraplegic. I broke my neck at the C5/C6 vertebrae in a car accident when I was seventeen. The resulting spinal cord injury left me paralyzed from the chest down.

Are your books available as audiobooks?2020-07-23T10:47:34-07:00

With one exception (EVEN IF I FALL), my books are available in audiobook. I know how important audiobooks are to people with disabilities, and as a disabled person, I’m extremely motivated to make sure every book I write is available as an audiobook. It took me a long time after my accident to be able to hold and read a physical book again, so audiobooks were my only option during that time. Even now that I can read physical books, I still love audiobooks and am very mindful of those who rely on them exclusively.

Visit my BOOKS page to listen to excerpts and find direct retailer links.

Who designed your website?2016-02-18T19:13:23-07:00

I did :) I started with the Avada theme from Theme-Fusion and customized it.

How did you get your agent?2018-04-02T09:04:32-07:00

Check out my blog post about how I signed with Kim Lionetti.

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