You MADE that?

Yes. Yes, I did.

I get asked this question most often about my knitting and crochet projects. (As opposed to my writing, where people are more prone to say, “YOU write novels?”) I love working with yarn and learning new techniques. I used to worry that I wasn’t very good, so I wouldn’t tell people I’d made their gifts myself. I thought it would be painfully obvious and didn’t want to call attention to it. But then they’d be like, “Huh, where’d you find this?” and I’d be all ashamed-like, “Oh… I made it.” Which they would follow up with gaping jaws and, “You MADE that?” So now I’m not afraid to tell people the truth.

Can I see some ID?

I look a lot younger than I am. I don’t drink, even though I’m old enough to, but I’ve been carded for ordering water in the bar section at Denny’s and at the grocery store for buying those fancy-ish six packs of soda that come in bottles.

How long is your hair? or How’d you get your hair to grow so long?

This one is cheating because it’s not something I get asked anymore. But I used to get asked this question so frequently — strangers would shout it at me across parking lots even — that I cut my hair short. I like it much better this way. Easier to take care of, not as heavy, takes less dye to color it, and people don’t ask me how long it is everywhere I go.

Is your thumb broken?

No, it just bends really far back. I used to not know that was weird until about ninth grade, when someone pointed it out to me. And I’d always wished I was one of those people who was double-jointed or whatever it is, so I was very pleased. It just goes to show that even if you think you don’t have some innate talent, you might and not realize it.

Oh. But what are you going to DO with that?

This is always a follow-up question to “What did you major in?” I designed my own major in Latin and Greek. To make a long story short, I started out in creative writing but hated the classes. So I switched to Latin (with a brief stint in Linguistics in between), and I didn’t look back. When you major in something most people consider “useless,” they get this look on their face like they’re secretly patting themselves on the back for majoring in business or being too cool for school and not wasting their time “learning” something they know they wouldn’t have made any money off of. But when you study Latin and Greek, you not only study grammar and language and ancient cultures, but philosophy, farming, poetry, politics, graffitti, history, science, rhetoric, oration, war, theater, writing, medicine, travel, love, loss, and home ec. Basically, you get a walloping dose of humanity, which honestly hasn’t changed that much in the last couple thousand years, and that isn’t useless. (Plus even when people look at you funny for being “useless,” you know Latin and they don’t.) Even if I never make a dime off of my Latin and spend the rest of my life paying back student loans, I wouldn’t trade it for the world. So what am I going to do with it? Just about freakin’ everything.

17 Responses to FAQ

  • Are you going to make another Renegade X novel?

    • Yep! Book 3 is definitely not the end.

      • Ooh! I hope we get to see Damien and Kat get married. And not as a sappy epilogue thing that always happens in books.

        • If we get to see them get married, I will do it right! :D

          • Woo! It has been said that once the love intrests get together, people lose intrest, but I’ve found it has no effect on how badass the books are and it really enriches the expirence, being like “not everything is going ape shit”.

            • I agree! I like watching characters get together, but I don’t like when that’s the only conflict, or when they just keep breaking up and getting back together. I wanted Damien and Kat–and the love interests in all my books, really–to be more interesting together than apart. Because if characters getting together is going to make the story boring, then what’s the point?

  • I love The Renegade X series soooo much! It’s funny, you kind of reminded me of Damien when I read your FAQ haha. Anyway, I finished the first two over Labor Day weekend and I just finished book three today! So basically I read them non stop whenever I had the chance. I am so excited that there will be more! Do you think we’ll find out Damien’s letter soon?

    • Thank you so much! I don’t always sound like myself on the internet, but I sound the most like myself when I sound like Damien, if that makes sense. Anyway, I’m glad you enjoyed the books! I think Damien will be stuck with his X for a long time–if/when changes, that would probably be the end of the series.

  • Ya that’s what I was assuming, which I think is a good call! I just finished the haunting of renegade x (which was so good!) but now I’m sad I don’t have anymore to read haha. But it”s super cool that you’re showing us how far along you are with the next one; it gives me something to obsess over! :)

  • And that does make sense by the way..took me awhile to understand, but ya lol.

  • Just wanted to say I can’t wait until your next book comes out.

  • i have really enjoyed the Renegade X books please tell me Phobia of Renegade x isn’t the last one?

  • Fire and Chasm will always be on my reread list! SOO AMAZING. As a side note how old were you when you wrote it?

    • Thank you! It means a lot to hear that. :)

      As for how old I was, the short answer is 30.

      The longer answer is I wrote a really early version of Fire & Chasm when I was 24. I sent it out to agents and got my first ever requests to actually read something I wrote, but nothing ended up happening with it. I was pretty devastated at the time, so I put the book away and moved on. (Read: I lamented it FOR YEARS and never completely got over it.) Then about 6 years later, I suddenly had an idea for how to rewrite it. I decided not to look at the old version at all and to only keep the parts I remembered and still loved, like the main characters and their relationships to each other. There are vast differences between the two versions (for instance, Endeil was a dragon in the first version, lol), but it also laid the foundation for the one you read, so it doesn’t *not* count, either.

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