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Who is Audrey?
Audrey is my webmistress and personal assistant.
She handles the business side of being a writer,
like responding to requests, mailing out promotional materials,
and running contests on the site, so that I can concentrate on writing more books!
Do you have a MySpace profile?
Yes, I do, and I'm always delighted to make new friends!
Do you make any appearances or do book signings?
Both! I'll be making several appearances this year.
Check out my Appearances page for detailed information
When is your next Nerd book coming out?
To all my wonderful readers who have loved the nerd books: For the time being, I won't have any more books come out that
have "nerd" in the title, but that doesn't mean the nerds are gone! In my Hex series (first book was OVER HEXED out in October, '07)
I still have nerds! In OVER HEXED, the hero is magically transformed into a nerd so he can find true love. In the second book of the
series (WILD & HEXY, June, '08), the hero, Jeremy, is a computer geek and definitely nerdy. In the third book (CASUAL HEX,
February, '09), the heroine is a nerd. I'd love for you to give the books a try. It's still me, only with a little magical twist. And thank you
for supporting the nerds!
Do I need to read the Nerd books in order?
Nope! Each book stands alone, but if you would like to read them in the order in which they were written, here's
the list. Nerd in Shining Armor, The Nerd Who Loved Me, Nerd Gone Wild, Gone with the Nerd, Talk Nerdy to Me,
Nerds Like It Hot, My Nerdy Valentine.
I am hooked on your nerds series!
How did you get started?
I saw a billboard that advertised Geeks in Shining Armor (I think it was for an internet company)
and I switched it to Nerd in Shining Armor, and a story leaped into my head. That doesn't happen often,
believe me. From there, it was nerds all the way!
I just started reading My Nerdy Valentine, and I was wondering where you got the idea for Geekland. Is it a real bar?
I made up Geekland, but I wish such a bar really existed. Unfortunately, it only exists in the pages of MNV
I just read Talk Nerdy to Me and I loved it. Is the Middlesex CT in the book based on a real town?
It's not, exactly, except that my mom's family is from Connecticut and I was born there, although I didn't live there except the first few months
of my life. I have been there visiting dozens of times, though, and I tried to work all those memories in.
I just finished reading Gone with the Nerd. Please tell me you are doing a story on Kristen and Trace!
Not at the present time, but I never say never!
In the back of Nerd in Shining Armor it said you were coming out with a book called Hanging by a G-String.
I have looked all over for it and can't find it!
Hanging by a G-String got retitled, and is out there under the title THE NERD WHO LOVED ME.
Same book, different title. So if you've found THE NERD WHO LOVED ME anywhere, that's it!
All your books have the guy as the nerd. Have you thought about writing from an opposite perspective, with a geeky girl?
It seems my heroines have been getting nerdier with each book, so what we are ending up with is dual
nerds. I hesitate to give up my nerdy hero, though, because I love giving them their day. The hunky bad
boys get so much press, and my nerdy guys, not so much. I'm on a mission to fix that!
I would love to be able to buy a t-shirt, sweatshirt, or other items with something fun about the
nerds. Is there any merchandise available like that?
The answer is -- not yet, but stay tuned. I'll huddle with my web guru Audrey and see what we can come up with.
What is the difference between a nerd and a geek?
As I writer, I've appropriated both and used them somewhat interchangeably, because
when you're writing 400,000 words, you can use a few extra, so I don't limit myself to one or the other.
However, a couple of friends found, hanging in the aisle of a grocery store, one package titled Grow
A Nerd and another one titled Grow a Geek. You're supposed to put these little guys in water and they
grow 600 %, but I haven't done it yet. Can't bear to open the package. On each package is a definition,
so I'll give you those. "Nerds are naturally brilliant yet have no clue when it comes to fashion, athleticism
or fitting in." "Geeks choose to live in the sci-fi techno fantasy world of computer hacking, gaming and
comic book collecting."
Can you tell me if any of your books are available as audiobooks?
Yes! My 2005 Blaze, TALKING ABOUT SEX, is now available from Audible.com. There's a link
on the TAS page.
I just finished reading Drive Me Wild and was looking forward to reading
Drive Me Crazy. I searched the net and
found the book had never been printed. Why? Is it ever going to be published
or on the internet?
Drive Me Crazy is finally in print! You can find it as a bonus feature in my
Harlequin anthology, A FARE TO REMEMBER.
I thought I read that there was a sequel to Behind the Red Doors but I cant locate it anywhere. Has it been published?
Only on the eHarlequin site as an online read, and, unfortunately, they've taken it down.
My hope is that they'll reprint BEHIND THE RED DOORS and include the sequel. Fingers crossed
that they do!
One of my favorite sets has always been the Valentine series you did for Harliquin with Charlie Hartman. I knew there were two books but
thought there was supposed to have been a 3rd. I'm wondering if I have missed something along the way or not.
I did plan to write a third, but it didn't work out. Recently, though, Harlequin asked
if I wanted to do a story in a Valentine's Day anthology. If it works out, I'd try to use Charlie Hartman. Wouldn't
that be fun?
I have been having trouble finding your Cory Kenyon books. Where can I find them if it is possible?
Used bookstores are the only place you'll find Cory Kenyon these days. They have never been reprinted, and
most are about 20 years old now.
Did you ever have any formal training for your writing? Did you ever go through a
period of discouragement in your writing or face a huge writer's block? How did you get over it?
I graduated with a degree in English,
and went on to compound that with a masters in English! Yikes. I was so intimidated by the idea of
writing a novel that I only managed short poems. Then I discovered romance novels and decided that
I didn't have to write the Great American Novel at all! I could write romance, and make some money,
and satisfy my urge to write without putting all that pressure on myself to be a Great Writer. That kind of
pressure will stop you cold! I wish more colleges and universities taught genre writing, because that's
where you have a chance of a career.
I'm a writer, and just finished my first romance manuscript. How do I go about getting it published?
There are different avenues you can take, but here are some suggestions.
I strongly recommend joining Romance Writers of America.
The website is
www.rwanational.org, and once you're a member you can find out if your
area has a local chapter. Chapter meetings are where you'll find your soul mates.
You might also want to consider hiring an agent.
Your local library will have a current copy of the Literary Marketplace, and you can research agents through that.
If you're trying to decide which agents to query, look at the dedication page of some of your favorite novels and
chances are you'll find the agent listed there. The Literary Marketplace will give you the address.
Once you have a list of agents, send a query letter describing your project and any qualifications you have to write
this book. You may query several agents at once so long as you tell them that you're doing that. If you join RWA,
you'll be able to check the reputation of agents through them.
Beware of agents who charge a reading or editing fee. They should charge you nothing to consider your proposal.
Most reputable agents are members of the Association of Author Representatives, so you can check to see if the agent
you're considering is a member.
You don't need an agent to submit to Harlequin in Toronto, but ever since 9/11 the New York publishers are less
interested in getting submissions that are unagented. Some require an agent before they'll consider a submission.
Once you're a member of RWA you'll be able to learn what each editor wants in the way of a submission. Some only
request a query letter to start, while some will look at your first three chapters.