Every Friday (or on the occasional release day *cough*), I’ll answer a reader question (anonymously). I’m open to anything (it doesn’t have to be writing or book related), so don’t hesitate to send in a question. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org or use the Contact tab.
This is such a hard question to answer.
First of all, I need to take a minute. I need to thank you. To thank all of you. I was going to do a video blog, but it’s 4:45am, my hair is wet from the shower, and there’s a good chance my happy sobbing would wake the baby.
Besides, I’m a writer. I’m more comfortable talking to you from behind the keyboard. (That said, if you want to see me cry, you should probably come to the Sacrifice Launch Party on Saturday.)
Where was I?
THANK YOU. Storm came out in April of 2012. In just over two years, I’ve published five books, three novellas, and through those books, I’ve met some of the most amazing people on the planet. YOU GUYS. If you’re reading this post, I mean you. I never imagined the amount of emails I would receive or the number of amazing gif-filled reviews I would get, or the people I would meet, or the Facebook friends and Twitter buddies I would have. I have dozens of friends on Facebook and Twitter that I’ve never met in person, but now we talk about kids and dogs and life and share recipes and I know them JUST BECAUSE I WROTE A BOOK. Do you know how special that is? Do you know how amazing you all are? You are a part of my dream, people. You helped make this happen.
Okay, now I’m crying. These are ugly tears. Seriously, now. I made the right decision in not doing a video.
Besides which, you’re all probably like QUIT WITH THE CRYING AND TELL US ABOUT THE MERRICKS, WOMAN.
Here are the most frequent questions I’ve been getting:
1) So is this the end of the series?
I don’t know.
That’s an ambiguous answer, I know, but I can’t say a whole lot about what’s next. (Yet.) I am currently not contracted for any further books in the Elemental series, but I can cryptically say that this probably will not be the last of what you hear from the Merricks. I can also say that my next book for Kensington / Allen & Unwin is about sexy empaths and a small town where women keep dying. (We’re still working on titles.) The book will be a solid blend of family issues and the paranormal. I’m hopeful you’ll love Thomas and Charlotte just as much as you’ve loved the Elemental boys.
2) Do you want to write more books in the Elemental series?
But there are only so many hours in the day. I want to write other things, too, and I don’t want the Elemental Series to turn into crap that felt forced just because I didn’t have the opportunity to be creative with other stories. Yes, the series is open ended right now. I did that deliberately so I can come back to it in the future.Right now I just don’t know when that will be. I’d love to tell Tyler’s story. And Irish’s. And Adam’s. And … and … and … and …
3) How could you do that to __________?!?!?!?!??!????!!!!
Come on. How could I not?
Okay, my husband just woke up, came out here and asked how long I’ve been up, and I burst into tears.
I love you all. So much.
Thank you. Thank you for everything.
Now someone bring me some tissues, ‘kay?