Amanda Hocking

About Books

How often do you update your FAQs?

I try to update them every few months, sometime more frequently if there's a lot going, and sometimes less often if there isn't much happening. The FAQs were last updated on November 19, 2018, so all the info here is up to date as of then.

What are the books you've written?

Here's a complete list of everything I've written, in the order in which I published them:

1. My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, Book #1)
2. Fate (My Blood Approves, Book #2)
3. Flutter (My Blood Approves, Book #3)
4. Switched (Trylle, Book #1)
5. Wisdom (My Blood Approves, Book #4)
5. Torn (Trylle, Book #2)
7. Hollowland (The Hollows, Book #1)
8. Letters to Elise (My Blood Approves, Novella)
9. Ascend (Trylle, Book #3)
10. Virtue
11. Hollowmen (The Hollows, Book #2)
12. Wake (Watersong, Book #1)
13. Lullaby (Watersong, Book #2)
14. Forgotten Lyrics (Watersong, Short Story)
15. Tidal (Watersong, Book #3)
16. Elegy (Watersong, Book #4)
17. Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, Book #1)
18. Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, Book #2)
19. The King's Games (Kanin Chronicles, Novella)
20. Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, Book #3)
21. Swear (My Blood Approves, Book #5)
22. Freeks (standalone)
23. Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, Book #1)
24. From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie, Book#2)
25. Untitled (Trylle/Kanin Spin-off, Book #1, early 2020)

When is the last book in the My Blood Approves series coming out?

Swear - the final book in the My Blood Approves series - came out November 9, 2016. So all five books in the My Blood Approves are currently out, and there will be no more books. For more info on Swear, including description and links, check out this post: here.

For more info on the My Blood Approves series, here.

How can I get an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of your books?

My publisher St. Martin’s makes and distributes the ARCs, and you can contact them here:

What is the next book coming out?

My next book coming out is Between the Blade and the Heart, the first book in a brand new duology called Valkyrie. It will be out January 2, 2018, with the sequel From the Earth to the Shadows out on March 27, 2018. For more info on the new series, including covers, descriptions, and preorder links, check out this post: here.

On November 14, 2017, you can get all three books in my New York Times Bestselling trilogy the Kanin Chronicles, together for the first time in one paperback edition called Hidden Kingdom. This special edition also includes the never-before-published-in-print prequel novelette "The King's Games." For more info and preorder links, go: here.

Where can I find your books?

You can find them: here. All my books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore. The Trylle Trilogy, the Watersong Quartet, the Kanin Chronicles, and Freeks are available in stores where ever books are sold, and the Valkyrie duo will be starting in January 2018. If my book isn't on the shelf, ask an employee, and they'll order it for you.

Can you tell me about the Kanin Chronicles?

It's a spinoff trilogy from the Trylle series, and it takes place four years after the end of Ascend. Here's a blog where I answer commonly asked questions about the Kanin series: here. All three books in the trilogy - Frostfire, Ice Kissed, and Crystal Kingdom - are available now. I also have a prequel novelette "The King's Games" available to read for free. You can read it: here. For more info abut the series, please go here: Kanin Chronicles

How many books are in the Watersong series?

The Watersong series is a quartet - Wake, Lullaby, Tidal, and Elegy, and all four books are out in hardcover, paperback, ebook, and audio book. It also includes the short story “Forgotten Lyrics,” which is included in the paperback version of Lullaby, and it is also out as an ebook. For more info on the Watersong series, please go here: Watersong

How many books have you published so far?

Five books and one novella in the My Blood Approves series, two books in the Hollows, the stand-alone Virtue, three books in the Trylle Trilogy, four in the Watersong Quartet, three in the Kanin Chronicles. I also have an gothic romance standalone Freeks set in the 1980s, and the Valkyrie duology came out in 2018. As of right now, I've published 22 books, and I have three more coming out in 2020 with the release of the final trilogy in the world of the Trylle and Knain.

Are any of your books going to be a movie or TV series?

At this time, none of my books are going to be made into movies or television. I would like it if they were, but unfortunately, the movie industry is a finnicky business, and the teen market is incredibly competitive. The Trylle Trilogy rights had been optioned to a company, but unfortunately, they were ultimately unable to move forward with it so the rights reverted back to me. If any of this changes, I will be sure to keep you all posted!

Who did your book covers?

The Watersong Quartet, the Kanin Chronicles, and the new covers for the Trylle Trilogy were all done by Lisa Marie Pompilio, who works for St. Martin's. You can see more of her work here:

The beautiful new covers for the updated Second Editions of the My Blood Approves series as well as the updated covers for the Hollows and Virtue were done by Mae I Design. I wanted all my books to have a more streamlined look, which is I enlisted the help of Regina at Mae I Design, and she did an amazing job. I'm in love with all of them, honestly. If I had to pick favorites (and I don't, but I will anyway), I would say that Wisdom and Hollowmen are my favorite.

Who is (insert character name) going to end up with?

I can't tell you or it would ruin all the fun. I also won't tell you who shot JR on Dallas or who is Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects.

Will there be another book in the Trylle Trilogy?

No, because then the title would be a lie, and it would be a quartet. There is a spinoff series The Kanin Chronicles and it does feature characters from the Trylle series, particularly the final book Crystal Kingdom.

Will there be another series set in the world of the Trylle and Kanin?

I'm so glad you asked, because yes! There will be!

Here's the press release about it:

"Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired the final trilogy in the million-plus copy bestselling Trylle series by Amanda Hocking. The new arc focuses on a girl as she journeys back to Scandinavia to discover the true origins of the Trylle; it takes place five years after the Kanin Chronicles (the second trilogy in the series) and nine years after the first Trylle trilogy. The as yet untitled first book will be published in winter 2020."

How do I pronounce the words in the Trylle and Kanin books?

I've made some fun pronunciation guides. You can check out the one for the Trylle: here, and the one for the Kanin: here.

Will there be another Hollows book?

Since this is also a long answer, check it out: here.

About Writing

How do you write books so fast?

I wrote a blog explaining my whole process for writing my books, so if you're interested in that sorta thing, you can read the blog: here

How do you sell so many books when you were self-published?

I'm not sure exactly. I know a lot of it has to do with really supportive readers who do an amazing job of letting people know when they've enjoyed my books. But I did write an extensive blog that explains exactly what I did to get published. You can read it: here

When you self-published, what company did you use?

This is a question that I got a lot that I don't completely understand. With all my books that are currently self-published, I just went to the retailer and uploaded the books directly to Amazon for the Kindle and Barnes & Noble for the Nook. For iBookstore, Kobo, the Sony eReader, etc, you can't upload directly to the site, but you can publish them through the third-party publisher Smashwords.

For more information about that, I would highly recommend going to Smashwords. They also have a really fantastic guide on formatting ebooks. For paperbacks, I went through Createspace, because they were the easiest to use and most affordable.

If you're going to self-publish, you need to research and find out works best for you. It is possible to make a living at it, but you need to learn about the business aspects before you dive in. Here's a link to a blog where I list everything I know about publishing: here.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?

Write a lot, and read more than you write. Learn to take criticism. Edit a lot, and find a good editor. Read On Writing by Stephen King and Joe Konrath's A Newbie's Guide to Publishing - all of it. Be professional and polite always, even when people say they hate your book (and people will). You can also check out my Pinterest board for Writing Tips and Advice.

I would also suggest checking out Wattpad, especially if you're writing for young adults or are a young adult yourself. They have a great writing community, and it's an excellent place to get feedback and find an audience for your work.

Will you read/review my published book/unpublished book?

No, sorry. I don't really enjoy the act of reviewing. I like gushing about good things and ranting about bad things, but usually only verbally. If I find a book on my own, and it strikes my fancy, I might read it. But even if I do read it, I probably won't review it. If you SPAM me ten times a day requesting me to read it, I definitely won't. I'm also not a very good editor, so if you're looking for constructive feedback on a book before publish it, I'm not the best person to go to for advice.

Will you read my book/materials/letter if I sent it to your home?

If you send something to my home, and I have not asked for it, I will NOT read it. I will simply throw it away, even if it's a book. Sending things to my home without my permission is not an acceptable to way to contact me. I won't read it and I won't reply to it.

About Me

Do you have an agent?

Yes, I'm represented by Steven Axelrod at The Axelrod Agency, Inc, and Katy McCaffrey at the Gersh Agency.

I’m writing a report about you/your books for school. Do you have any information that can help me?

I can give you some basic background information about me. I was born in 1984 and grew up in Austin, Minnesota. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, since the moment I learned how to write. After high school, I didn’t go to college immediately, and when I did go, I went for a degree in Human Services, because I was working in a group home for people with disabilities. I started self-publishing in 2010, at the age of 25. I’ve since published over twenty novels, several of which made the New York Times Bestseller list. I currently live in Rochester, Minnesota, with my husband, step-son, chinchilla, two dogs, and three cats.

Do you listen to music when you write?

I do. I listen to tons of music when I write, and I actually compile extensive soundtracks and playlists, because I'm obsessive about note taking. I even post the soundtracks for my books all over. My favorite musicians are probably Ryan Adams, Silverchair/Daniel Johns, Florence + the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Lorde, Meg Myers, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.

Who are you favorite authors?

Kurt Vonnegut is my absolute favorite. I also really love

  • e e cummings
  • Courtney Summers
  • Holly Black
  • Richelle Mead
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Claudia Gray
  • Anne Rice
  • Stephen King
  • J. L. Bryan
  • Judy Blume
  • Jeph Loeb
  • Jane Austen

What are you favorite TV shows?

My favorite shows that are currently on the air are Judge Judy, Top Chef, Bob's Burgers, Rick and Morty, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Dr.K's Exotic Animal Vet, Stranger Things, Westworld, and Game of Thrones. My all time favorite television shows (other than the ones listed) are Futurama, Perfect Strangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jim Henson's The Storyteller, Heroes, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Law & Order.

What are your favorite movies?

  • Labyrinth
  • The Dark Knight
  • Mad Max Fury Road
  • Up
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Aliens
  • Jaws
  • Bladerunner
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Room
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Pretty in Pink
  • The Lost Boys
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • My Own Private Idaho

Who's better: Batman or Superman?