Frequently Asked Questions

 

How often do you release a new book?
I complete two to three manuscripts and a short story or two per year, depending on my personal schedule. Over the next couple of years, as I receive rights back from my publishers, I will re-release several previously published works and release two new titles per year. By signing up for my newsletter, you’ll receive an update whenever I release a new book or short story, or put one on sale.

What are you writing now?
I’m involved in a new thriller about a family of backpackers taken hostage by bank robbers who have crashed their getaway plane in the wilderness.

Are the people or places in your books real?
That depends. My Christmas series is set in the fictional northwest town of Welcome, which is modeled after the beautiful town of Mendocino, California. Several of my thrillers are set in real cities. One of my favorite settings to write in is San Francisco, because—call me biased—San Francisco is my favorite city in the whole world.

I’ve been through some amazing experiences. Can you write my life story?
Uh, no. And here’s why (in addition to nine other things you should never say to a writer).

 

Can you read my manuscript and give me some pointers?
Unfortunately, I can’t. Clauses in my contract strictly forbid me from reading other writers’ manuscripts unless, such as in the case of my critique partners, we’ve entered NDA contracts. At this time I cannot commit to additional critique partners.

What advice can you give other aspiring writers?
Write. Read. Join a writer’s group that provides support. Write. Read. Take writing classes and attend workshops. Write. Read. Find critique partners who can be constructive, but truthful. Write. Read. Enter writing contests. Write. Read. Submit to agents and editors. Write. Read. And if you truly want it, never, ever give up.

 

 

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