Reader emails, FAQs, an update, and an animated Zac Efron gif…just because.

Hi, guys!! I hope you’re all doing well! Thank you all for the tremendous support for Secret. It’s my favorite book in the series (so far), and I’m so touched by all the kind emails / tweets / Facebook messages you’ve sent my way.

Some of you might not be aware, but I’m currently pregnant, and expecting my next little boy to arrive any day now. I’m trying to be productive, but it’s like there’s a flashing light in my brain saying BABY BABY BABY BABY BABY. Also, due to the high risk nature of my previous two pregnancies, I’m currently on “modified” bed rest, meaning I’m not actually confined to a bed, but I’m not supposed to work or do anything stressful or strenuous. I have a goal of finishing Sacrifice before the baby is born, but it’s been slow going due to the nature of the book (and my own personal limitations) so that’s taking priority over reader emails. It’s breaking my heart a bit, because I’ve received so many deeply moving, personal emails, and I want to respond so badly, but I also don’t want to respond with something vaguely like a brush off, along the lines of, “Yay! Thanks for sharing so much of your life! Keep reading!” And you guys, my readers, you all deserve better than that. For a real response, you’re going to have to wait a little bit. 🙂

Some quick answers to questions that keep coming up:

For blog interviews, guest posts, giveaways, contests, “blogiversaries,” appearances, etc., I’m not taking anything on until after April 1. These take time and energy I just don’t have right now, and I can guarantee you don’t want me answering interview questions at 2am while I’m dealing with pregnancy insomnia (right now) or trying to feed a baby (in a few weeks). I’m also not going to be able to handle standing in line at the post office, so while I love donating books and swag for contests, at this time, I have to politely decline. (But please feel free to hit me up later this year.)

Release dates can be found on the “Books” tab above. Just go to the appropriate book and it’ll have all the information I have available. If you live in a country other than the USA, you might be better served to check Goodreads (or Amazon) for your country’s specific release date. I do respond to these types of emails, but sometimes it takes me a while. If you think the fastest way to get release date information from an author is to email him or her personally, you’re using the internet wrong. 😛

The novellas will be available in Australia and the UK soon. Breathless is already being published along with Secret, so you don’t need to get something separately. The novellas will not be released in a separate physical format (like a paperback) at this time. No, there is not a novella between Spirit and Secret, and I don’t currently have plans to write any additional novellas for the series.

If you are working on a project and you want me to read some of it, unfortunately, I have to say no. (This does not apply to agented or published authors looking for a blurb. For blurb requests, drop me a line at brigidmary@gmail.com and I’m happy to consider it.) Some authors will say that it’s because of liability, because they don’t ever want to be accused of stealing an idea. For me, I just don’t have time. That’s really the bottom line. I also hate hurting anyone’s feelings, and there’s nothing harder than getting an email like, “Brigid! I love your books! You’ve inspired me as an author! Will you read this story I wrote and tell me if I’m a good writer too??” and then seeing a twelve-page block of unedited text with no punctuation. There are fantastic resources online where you can swap critiques with other writers. I got a lot of use out of the forums at Absolute Write. Once you’re a member, you can share your work and post critiques of others. I found TWO critique partners on the internet, one of whom has her own first novel coming out March 4. Be brave! Put your stuff out there! In fact, way way way back when, I posted the first chapter of Storm for critique. Just search for BrigidMary23 and you’ll find it. 🙂

That said, if you have a specific question about writing, feel free to ask. I love helping new writers, and I can do specific questions all day. I even have a ton of writing blog posts already written, and my posts about revising are some of my most popular. Just hover on the “Other Stuff” header up top and navigate to “Writing Advice,” or if it’s quicker, click here.

I’ve been getting a TON of emails asking if I’ve ever considered making the series into a movie or a television show. These emails are extremely flattering, and there’s not an author alive who hasn’t thought about it. That said, it’s not up to me; it’s up to people who actually make movies and television shows. 🙂 If and when I have something to announce, I will make sure you hear about it. You won’t be able to get me shut up about it. TRUST ME.

All right, I think that’s all I’ve got. Here, look at Zac Efron for a minute. JUST BECAUSE WE CAN.

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