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 June 12, 2017, so all the info here is up to date as of then.
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)
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, coming January 2, 2018)
24. From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie, Book#2, coming March 27, 2018)
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.
My publisher St. Martin’s makes and distributes the ARCs, and you can contact them here: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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
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
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. My newest standalone Freeks is out now, and I have a new duology coming out at the beginning of 2018. So currently 20 books, with two more right around the corner!
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!
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: www.von-brooklyndesign.com
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.
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.
At the moment, I have no plans to write another spinoff series. With that said, it's a big world, and I've only focused on a couple of the five tribes, so I won't rule out the possibility of returning to that world at some point in the future.
But if I did, it would be with mostly or an entirely new cast of characters. Wendy's main story arc ended in Ascend, and Bryn's main story arc ends in Crystal Kingdom.
Since this is also a long answer, check it out: here.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, I'm represented by Steven Axelrod at The Axelrod Agency, Inc, and Katy McCaffrey at the Gersh Agency.
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 eighteen novels, several of which made the New York Times Bestseller list. I currently live in Rochester, Minnesota, with my husband, step-son, two dogs, and three cats.
Publisher Website: www.worldofamandahocking.com
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.
Kurt Vonnegut is my absolute favorite. I also really love
My favorite shows that are currently on the air are Judge Judy, Top Chef, Bob's Burgers, Rick and Morty, 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.