Q: Do you have content advisories/trigger warnings for your books?
A: Yes! I publish those in my author reviews on Goodreads. You can see the content warnings for Refraction here, and Afterimage here. (Hint: Afterimage has lots of thrills and action but isn’t too dark, while Refraction gets very gritty and creeptastic and deals with heavier themes. Mercurial is the darkest of my books.)
Q: What’s your writing process?
A: Heck if I know! It changes with each book, and even with each draft of each book. For Afterimage, the first draft took me a grueling eight months to write, and then I did two or three complete rewrites after that with more minor rounds of revision in between. In contrast, I sold Refraction on proposal (meaning all I had written when I got the book deal was an outline and three chapters), and then wrote the first draft in a whirlwind eight weeks and did a mere two rounds of relatively light edits in three-week bursts. For The Shadowed Flame, I wrote the first draft super fast, and then completely re-imagined/rewrote the story four or five times over the course of the following five years. Basically, every time I sit down to write a new book, it feels like I’ve never written a book before and have zero idea how to do it, so I just sort of keep poking at it until something works.
Q: I’m an unpublished writer. Can you refer me to your agent or editor?
A: I can’t, sorry. But please know I’m cheering you on from the sidelines! Keep writing and keep being awesome.
Q: I’m a soon-to-be-published author. Would you blurb my book?
A: As time allows, I can sometimes offer blurbs on upcoming traditionally-published YA sci-fi and fantasy books. I particularly love when I can support marginalized authors (no matter what they’re writing in the YA SFF genres) and ownvoices anxiety/OCD rep in those categories. I’m unable to offer blurbs on stories with horror elements or self-published books.
I’m also unable to give blurbs for books where an author is centering a marginalized culture or person but does not belong to that marginalization themselves; ie, a white writer with a book that centers Black culture, or a non-disabled writer with a story centering disability. (Please note, that’s not to say books like these can’t be done well, because they can and have been! But as far as blurbs, I personally prefer to give my support to these types of stories when they’re written by an author who comes from that community or shares the disability/orientation/etc. that they’re writing about.) To request a blurb, email (or have your publicist or agent email) my agent Naomi Davis at ndavis(at)bookendsliterary(dot)com with a description of your book.
Q: I keep seeing you talk about “ownvoices” representation. What is that?
A: It means that a person from a certain marginalized group is writing a story that centers (or features a protagonist from) that same marginalized group.
Q: Who’s your favorite Doctor?
A: Eleven is, but my favorite-ever episodes (Hell Bent and Heaven Sent) belong to Twelve, who has excellent gravitas, and I think Thirteen is pretty darn cool too. And I mean Ten has great hair and fantastic intensity, so…