Today I received an email jam-packed with questions from a reader, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to answer her questions along with some of the others I’ve recently received. Here we go!
Q. I love your books and when I tell my friends about them, they ask what category they are in and I never know how to answer. Do you think they fit in a category such as mystery, romance etc? I never know what to say when I’m asked this question.
A. That makes two of us! My books don’t fit neatly into any one category. I usually say my books are “part mystery, part suspense, and 100% family drama.” However, a fan recently came up with an even better description when she said “Your books are about good people who screw up.” I like that definition!
Q. When I go to the bookstore to look for your books, they only have a couple of titles. Why is that?????
A. This is, quite honestly, an improvement! It used to be that most bookstores only carried my most recent title, so I’m delighted to hear that your bookstore carries more than one. This should only continue to improve as more of my books are reissued. Remember that you can always order any of my in-print books for free through your bookstore.
Q. When I ask for your older books, the bookstore tells me they are out of print.
A. My earliest seven books (published by HarperCollins) are indeed out of print, and until recently, many of my older Mira books were also out of print. Please check the printable list of books on the book page of my website to get a current list of what is available. Every single one of my books, with the exception of those first seven, is available, so if your bookstore tells you differently, well. . . they’re wrong. The more recent books are also available in e-format.
Q. If some of your older books are being reiussued, does that mean you’re not writing any new books? I am worried that I will run out of Chamberlain books if you are done writing!!!
A. Oh, my goodness, where did you get that idea? I’m writing new books faster than ever and I have no plans to stop.
Q. I just finished Secrets She Left Behind, which was amazing, as was Before the Storm. When I tell friends they should read Before the Storm first, they wonder why it isn’t mentioned as a prequel. Why is that?
A. For the long answer to this question, visit my June blog and scross down till you reach the Sequel Dilemma Revisited post. But here is the short answer: each of these books was written to stand alone, so that a reader could enjoy one without reading the other. This was also true of my Keeper of the Light trilogy. You’re correct, though, that readers who read the two books in order will probably maximize their enjoyment.
Q. A friend of mine has Secrets She Left Behind in hardcover. How can I get a harcover edition?
A. Your friend must have purchased her book through the Doubleday Bookclub, which is the only place the hardcover editions are available.
Q. I love Jodi Picoult’s books and your books are even better than hers! Keep writing!
Q. I hate Jodi Picoult’s books and wish your publisher wouldn’t compare your books to hers. Yours are so much better. Keep writing!
Thanks to all my readers who write to me with comments and questions. I read every single email myself and try to repsond within a couple of days. If you don’t hear from me, it means your email was swallowed by my spam filter or went astray some other way, so be sure to resend. I love hearing from you!