Sunday, November 11, 2012

Author Talk, part 2

Random questions I’ve been asked and my answers. Part 2:

Did it take a long time to get your first book published?

Yes, almost ten years. EDGE OF ESCAPE went from concept to novel to contest to total rewrite to self-published to discovered. Whew! Then it was bought, translated into German, retitled and was a debut success on another continent this past spring. I retain the rights to the English version for now.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books?

Every book should have a message if not a moral. SHELTERED has a number of messages since it hits on the subjects of teen suicide, self-mutilation, depression, homelessness, and the occult. There’s definitely a moral to the story, but different readers will interpret it in opposing ways based on their own beliefs. That won’t make everyone happy, but it will make everyone think about some pretty deep stuff.