Frequently Asked Questions

Is there going to be a sequel to Green?
I would love to write a sequel to Green and have lots of fun ideas for continuing Lily’s story. Publishing is a team sport, though, and decisions about sequels are not wholly up to authors. At this point it doesn’t look as if there will be a sequel to Green; there definitely won’t be one in the near future. I wish I had better news and extend heartfelt thanks to all the readers who have asked me for this book!

Will a third Queen book follow The Queen of Second Place and Queen B?
The Queen of Second Place and Queen B are complete as they stand and there aren’t any plans for a third Queen book. I never say never to sequels, but an additional book isn’t likely.

Are the characters in Clearwater Crossing based on real people? Is Clearwater Crossing about what happened to you and your friends in high school?
All of the characters and situations in Clearwater Crossing are fictional, but I’m always thrilled that readers find the stories real enough to ask me this. Although the books are fiction, several people have written to tell me that their schools experienced losses similar to the one described in Get a Life.

Where can I get books in the Clearwater Crossing series?
This series is out of print and no longer available in stores, but check out the new e-books! If you still want to find a specific Clearwater Crossing paperback, your best chance is via the Internet. Sites like eBay.com, Alibris.com, Amazon.com, and B&N.com offer used Clearwater Crossing paperbacks through their networks of vendors. Clearwater Crossing novels were never sold as a complete series, but people who collected them all occasionally sell their sets.

When are you going to digitize the Clearwater Crossing special edition?
I just did! The Diaries e-book is now available via Amazon, BN.com, and Apple!

Did you always know you would be a writer?
I didn’t have a clue. I was always a huge reader, and I always loved writing short things, but I didn't believe I'd ever be able to write a novel. In my job as a geologist, though, I wrote hundreds of reports, some of them quite long. When I went back to college to get an English degree, I had to write a lengthy master’s thesis. With so many nonfiction pages behind me, writing a novel seemed more possible and I decided to give it a try.

What advice do you have for teens who want to become writers?
My best advice is to read as much as you can. Pick up everything that catches your interest and a few things that don’t. Ask a teacher or librarian to recommend books that are considered classics. Decide who your favorite authors are for the types of books you like and read everything they’ve written. Pick apart plots to see how they’re made. Notice writing styles. Try to figure out what makes the funny parts funny and the sad parts sad. Go out and participate in lots of different activities, realizing that every single thing you experience now becomes material you can use later. I’ve taken windsurfing lessons and had a root canal—if I’d guessed in advance which would be more painful, I would have been wrong, but I could write about either event now with total confidence. Some teens have managed to get books published, but I wouldn’t suggest publication as an immediate goal. The more different things you do now, the more you’ll have to write about later.

How can I get my first book published?
The publication process is different for everyone, and I'm not the best person to advise you. I do have some thoughts on the subject, though, as well as some helpful links. You can find them here.

Where do you get your ideas?
Out of a drawer. Seriously. I’m always seeing or thinking of things that might make good stories, but usually when inspiration strikes, I’m totally buried in something else and sweating a major deadline. (This may not be a coincidence, but I can’t afford the therapy it would take to get to the bottom of it.)
So whenever an idea comes to me, I write it down and file it for later. That way, when it’s time to start my next project, there are always plenty of ideas to choose from—as well as a few that, on second thought, get transferred to the round file.

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