Here are some things I get asked often.

  • Most of the time, it’s a book that’s been recommended to me or I stumbled upon. There’s no ulterior motive other than I found the premise compelling enough to spend time on!

  • Absolutely! My favorite way to buy books is by referral. The “book of the day” isn’t always the best thing out there. There are so many great books that don’t have the marketing budget George RR Martin and JK Rowling have.

  • I am all about free books! But, please be aware, I cannot promise to read your book in a timely manner (or at all) nor can I guarantee a favorable review. There are enough lies in the world to fuel every car on the planet for a billion years, no need for me to add to the supply.

    If, however, you would like to contact me personally because you genuinely believe, based on the fact you’ve read at least 50% of my reviews, I would enjoy your book, please do! Send me a note at [email protected]. If your pitch excites me, I’ll read/review it ASAP.

  • See response to “Can I send you a book to review?”. Same thing applies here. The only difference is I wouldn’t publish a review if you are only looking for feedback.

  • The tale of this story in particular is personal in nature, and perhaps the very reason it’s so close to my heart. When I was a senior in college, I experienced my first serious bout of depression; I can’t tell you how many times that year I looked myself in the mirror and didn’t recognize me, at all. Not one inch.

    One night I decided I would write how I was feeling. It started with, “I am ugly.” I wrote about a paragraph, then went to sleep. That night I dreamt of a dark shadowy figure, one tormented and demonized by their own mind. This figure began to take shape, and at first I thought it was a shadow version of myself. Then, I understood it wasn’t just me. It was everyone. (Read my scary short story based on the dream here!)

    This shadow was all the pain of everyone who was hurting. It was lonely, scared and ashamed. The next morning, I woke up feeling way more energized than I had in months, so I picked up my computer and started writing. I wrote anytime I was feeling lost, crappy, bored, horny…didn’t matter the feeling, if I felt compelled to write, I would.

    I felt if ever there was a story inside me and a character worth taking the leap, it was Shame and this story. After years of idle writing, I really sat down and applied the story to paper. Three months of hard work later, I had a complete manuscript, and here we are now. It’s surreal and exciting!

  • I think the blunt nature of the writing will be jarring and/or refreshing, depending on who the reader is. I’d like to think the most surprising thing will be the lack of certainty concerning the gender of the main character, ultimately leading to the conclusion that it doesn’t matter. Because it doesn’t!

  • There are definitely bits & pieces of the story that are inspired by things I have experienced. I find that true of all my writing. However, I was never bullied the way Shame was, nor have I ever been on a bloody, self­-destructive vengeance rampage. Four of the primary female characters (Cassie, Anna, Margaret & Sawyer) are named after my cousins, though their likenesses were not used.

  • completely different, unexpected approach to the storyline. That’s really all I’m willing to reveal, but if you haven’t read The Adventures of Juice Box and Shame yet, I highly recommend you do. It’s basically book 1.5, and there are some pretty good hints in there (as well as pretty pictures).

Here are some things I never get asked, but wish I did.