(updated July 2016)

When is your next book coming out?

My next novel Gem & Dixie, slated for April 2017 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins.

How do I contact you about doing an interview, speaking at a conference, a school, a book festival, etc?

Contact Author Appearances at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Note that I am not accepting invitations for things that happen the rest of 2015, so I can focus on my writing.

Will you blurb my book?

I’m no longer reading to give blurbs. I will continue to support authors and books I love in other ways.

I read one of your books and want to email you! Can I?

Reader mail is welcome via the U.S. Postal Service–the address is on my contact page. I will always try to write back as long as it’s manageable, but I can be slow.  (Teachers: please don’t make a student’s grade depend on corresponding with an author and getting a reply!)

What year were you born?

Apparently this an important question for people planning on using one of my pieces for a forensics competition.  I’m honored! And I was born in 1970. A forensics coach has told me that this line on my official web site counts as your verification. Thanks again, and break a leg!

Are you ever going to write a sequel any of your books?

I’d never say never, but I will say I feel like all my characters are sent off into their futures in a way that makes me confident in their survival, but I don’t feel like I necessarily need to write more about them. If that makes sense. But, like I say, I’d never say never.

Are any of your books going to be made into movies? Can you get me an audition?

Yes! Story of a Girl appears to actually be on track to be a movie. In any case, no, I can’t get you an audition for anything, sorry! In most book-to-movie scenarios, authors aren’t really that involved in the book-to-movie process.

Do you read all your own mail and do your own social media, or is it just a robot/droid or assistant replying to me?

It’s me!

I sent you a letter through your publisher and you never wrote back. Why?

It can take an unbelievably long time for snail mail to go through the mail system at my publisher and get to me. Often by the time I get a letter, it’s been four to six months. But when I finally get it, I do try to write back if a reply is requested or there are questions in the letter. Though if the return address is a school you don’t go to anymore, it may not reach you. I’m sorry! The best bet is to send mail directly to my P.O. box, which is listed on my Contact page sidebar.

Will you ever write a book that is not YA?

I hope to have a long career with opportunities to try all sorts of things, including fiction for an adult audience, nonfiction, screenplays, and more.

Can you donate a book to me or my organization?

I’m sorry, but I don’t keep very many copies of my own books. If you want to read one of my books but can’t afford to, check your public library or school library. I occasionally do book giveaways on twitter of my books or books by others.