Writing/Publishing FAQ: 


Will there be another Vlad and Leila book after Twice Tempted?

Yes, the Night Prince series will be a trilogy. Expect the third and final Vlad and Leila novel, BOUND BY FLAMES, in January 2015.


Will Ian ever get a book?

Maybe. After the events in Home for the Holidays (my novella in The Bite Before Christmas anthology) Ian is starting to move in a direction where he could grow into hero material – or anti-hero, anyway. However, he’s not there yet, so nothing definite about a book unless/until he is. Ian as a hero/anti-hero would still be Ian, though, just as Vlad is still Vlad although now he and Leila are involved. It would take a very strong woman to handle Ian. Fortunately, I do have someone in mind, though I’m not saying who aside from assuring people that it is not Justina.


Why don’t you have a movie/TV series made out of your books?

I would be delighted to see my work on screen, but this is something I have no control over. Seeing my work in print has been a dream come true for me, so having it adapted to TV or movie format would be icing on the cake. To date, film / TV rights have not been purchased for my series, but if that changes, I’ll be sure to let everyone know.


When will the Night Huntress series with Cat and Bones end?

Up From The Grave will be the last Night Huntress book. For a detailed explanation of why I ended their series at book seven instead of eight or nine, go here.


What are the “Night Huntress World” books you mention?

These are books where side characters already introduced in the Night Huntress series get to step up to the spotlight and become the hero/heroine in their own novels! “Night Huntress World” book one will feature Spade (a.k.a. Charles) as the main character. Spade is a centuries-old vampire who’d been a South Wales prisoner in the 1700’s along with Bones. The overseer used to call the former Baron Charles De Mortimer by his assigned tool, a spade. He’d kept the name so he wouldn’t forget his previous helplessness.

“Night Huntress World” book two will feature Mencheres as the main character. Mencheres is an Egyptian vampire with his human roots stemming back to the time of the Pharaohs. He’s extremely powerful and knows many secret, forbidden magics.

Both Spade and Mencheres’s books will be stand-alone novels, not the start of a new series. They will be set in current times, with their story lines running parallel to the Night Huntress series.


What is the Night Prince series?

The Night Prince series is an upcoming set of books in the Night Huntress universe featuring Vlad as the hero and a new character named Leila as the heroine. The Night Prince series will be a trilogy, with Vlad and Leila’s story ending at book three.


Will you ever write books unrelated to the Night Huntress series?

Yes. See this blog post for details on my upcoming new series.


What inspired you to write the Night Huntress series?

I came up with the first idea of it from a dream. In my dream, I saw two people arguing. Somehow I knew the girl was a half-vampire, the guy was a full vampire, and they were arguing because he was angry that she’d left him. The story of who they were, and what led up to that point in their lives, evolved and became HALFWAY TO THE GRAVE. Now the argument I’d glimpsed in my dream takes place in the second book in the series, ONE FOOT IN THE GRAVE.


Is Bones based on anyone in particular?

Not really. Appearance-wise, you could say Bones is a blend of (the young versions of) Viggo Mortensen, Billy Idol, and Bruce Campbell, with a little bit of James Franco thrown in. Personality-wise, Bones comes from my own twisted imagination.


Are you going to write more Night Huntress World novels?

Perhaps. I’m booked up with deadlines at the moment but I would like to expand the world with another novel at a later date.


Why don’t you travel to more places for signings and events?

My publisher sets my signing schedules, so I go where they point me. In addition to that, I also try to attend at least two conventions a year so that I can meet readers in person there, too.


Why don’t you travel less so you can write more books?

Meeting readers, authors and bloggers in person, plus traveling to new places, has only enriched my productivity as a writer. If I’m shut up in my office all of the time, that doesn’t give me many chances to experience things that inspire creativity. I do limit my travel because of deadlines, however, which is why I will never get to meet most of my readers in person. That’s unfortunate, but until someone invents a teleportation device, it’s how it is :) .


How do I find out where you’ll be in the future?

A: The best way is to sign up for my newsletter. I promise I don’t share or sell your information and I only send out a newsletter if there’s a new release, a big promotional price drop on one of my titles, or an upcoming appearance. So, about six a year, I’d guess.


Personal FAQ


Do you write, or have you been published before, under any other name?

What are your favorite movies?
This list will change as time goes on, but here goes:

  • Fight Club
  • The Mothman Prophecies
  • Signs
  • Clay Pigeons
  • Finding Neverland
  • The Ghost and the Darkness
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Gladiator
  • Army Of Darkness
  • Unbreakable
  • Groundhog Day
  • Underworld (all three of them)
  • Austin Powers (all three of them)
  • Death To Smoochy
  • Galaxy Quest
  • What About Bob
  • Grosse Point Blank
  • The Village
  • Snatch
  • Blade (all three)
  • Men In Black
  • Kill Bill (1 and 2)
  • Hellboy (1 and 2)
  • Jeepers Creepers (2 only!)
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Dark Knight
  • 300
  • Star Trek (2009)
  • Inception
  • Kick-Ass
  • Alice in Wonderland (2010)
  • Iron Man (all three)
  • The Hurt Locker
  • Crash
  • The Avengers
  • Captain America, The First Avenger
  • Warm Bodies
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels


I’m forgetting several, of course, but I really loved all the above.

Who are your favorite authors?
See my Links page for a list of them.

Can I email you?
Of course! I love hearing from my readers and read every email sent. But since I’m on very tight deadlines, emails are answered by my assistant, Jinger.

Why don’t you have more books released within a year?
My publisher sets my schedule. So far, they’re keeping my releases to approximately one book every six to eight months.

Do you really like walking around in cemeteries?
Yes. The older, the better, too. To me, cemeteries are like a park, history museum, and an art garden all in one. Between the sculptures, the history behind battlefield burial grounds, and the beautiful, peaceful setting most of them are in, they really are lovely and interesting to visit. Some people find that creepy, but, to each their own.