I get so many e-mails that begin with people saying “I'm embarrassed to ask this...” or “this is probably stupid but...”. This is unfortunate for two reasons. 1) There's no such thing as a stupid question! (Unless the question is: "Do I look fat?" Stop worrying so much about how you look! And stop seeking external validation!) and 2) So many of my readers who pose “embarrassing” questions are, in fact, in very good company.
In an attempt to end the embarrassment, here are some questions I get asked all the time, and some answers to go with them!
CAN I AUDITION TO PLAY LENA IN THE MOVIE OF DELIRIUM?
I'm glad that you're all as excited about the movie as I am! It's especially gratifying to know how many of you identify so strongly with Lena's character. It's comforting to know there's so many smart, thoughtful, loving--and, of course, butt-kicking--girls out there! Unfortunately, I have very little input into the process of casting; in fact, the casting decisions lie with the producers and the studio. I encourage all of you burgeoning actresses to direct your passion to local plays/productions and open auditions...and, of course, if you're down to write and star in your own version of Delirium, I'm all about it!
WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG FOR REQUIEM?
Requiem is finished, but it needs to be edited, designed, shipped, etc. It usually takes about a year from the time a book leaves my computer to the time it hits shelves! So please be patient. It’s worth the wait, I promise! :)
WHAT IS REQUIEM ABOUT?
You guys know I'm not going to give anything away, right? That would spoil all the fun! All I will say is that unlike the first two books in the trilogy, Requiem is told from the point of view of two different characters. Other then that, you're gonna have to trust me that there's a lot of fun surprises, and the return of some characters that we haven't seen since Delirium!
WHY DO YOU WRITE?
Not because they're paying me to - not that I'm complaining. :) I have to write. I have a very deep and compelling desire to write that I can't really turn off, so I'm very lucky and grateful that my life has turned out the way it has. Otherwise I'd probably be a failed back-up dancer and/or a very disgruntled waitress.
Anything you're still dying to know? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put FAQ in the subject line, and I'll do a Part II soon!