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Q: Do you do school visits or library visits?
A: I do all kinds of visits and love to talk with readers and writers of all ages! Please see the Speaking page for more details. If you are interested in having me speak at your school or library, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and be sure to put SPEAKING somewhere in the subject line.
Q: Are you planning a sequel for any of your books?
A: I love each of my stories and hate to see them come to an end. That said, so far, all of my books feel complete for now, so I have no planned sequels.
Q: Will you ever make a movie out of one of your books?
A: I’d love to see my characters brought to life on the big screen! I often have pending queries about film rights but at this point there are no film deals in the works. Rest assured, the minute that happens, I’ll be talking about it like CRAZY.
Q: I have a really good idea for a book. Do you want to write it/help me write it/co-write it with me?
A: The only thing that’s even more fun than hearing from readers is hearing from readers who are interested in becoming writers! What an awesome thing. I’m a big believer in telling your story, though, so if you have an idea that you’re passionate about, trust yourself to write it. First off, I’m already busy writing my own stories, and second, I don’t have the passion you do and I won’t write the story the way you would. That’s a good thing! So, trust your voice and get started!
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
A: I could spend DAYS writing out lists of advice for writers, but I believe it boils down to a few basic things. Read a lot. Write a lot. Let yourself make mistakes. Allow messy first drafts. Discipline yourself to edit objectively and to receive criticism with an open mind. Share your writing. Trust your gut. And above all of these things, if you want to be a writer, don’t let go. Dust yourself off and try again. Publication takes time, so don’t give up!
Q: Do you really have dogs named Wookie and Yeti?
A: Yes! And together they weigh about 160 pounds. They are ridiculous.
Q: What’s your Starbucks order?
A: Tall peppermint mocha — as frilly as it comes.