Tina from South Africa asks: I was just wondering, are you starting a new series after Evernight?
Yes, I am. My next series will be the SPELLCASTER trilogy from HarperTeen. It’s about a young witch named Lia who’s just moved to a new town with her father and younger brother. Once she gets there, she realizes that the town is heavily shadowed by dark magic, and that there’s another spellcaster in town — someone dangerous. And she meets this guy named Mateo, who’s handsome, charming, and apparently cursed. It’s going to be fun.
tsoetzie asks: Can you tell us more about FATEFUL? Like what’s it about or the release date!
FATEFUL is the book about werewolves! On the Titanic! (I always write it like that.) I’m deep in the heart of writing it at the moment. Tess, a young maidservant, gets to journey to America with the wealthy family that employs her, aboard the most luxurious ship in existence. What they don’t know is that she’s secretly planning on getting away from them, and some of the darker secrets of that household. What she doesn’t know is that Alec, the guy she’s just met, has an even darker secret.
The release date isn’t set yet, but it will be in the second half of next year. I’ll probably find out something more concrete in a few months.
Heather S. asks: How would someone like me go about getting anything I’ve done published? How did you get started?
First of all, don’t start trying to get published before you’re ready. How do you know when you’re ready? When you’ve got a novel/short story/whatever that you’ve completed, edited and polished until you feel rock solid about it. Then, if you haven’t started already, you need to begin educating yourself about the business. You’ll want to visit good agent websites (Nathan Bransford and Kristin Nelson run good ones) and other good online resources, such as the Agent Query website. There you’ll learn about publication markets, when you need an agent, how to get one, and many of the pitfalls along the way.
How did I get started? It’s a long story, but I have to admit: I did almost NONE of this. I got really lucky. Like, pinch yourself lucky.
Daniela S. asks: What would you write about if you decide to leave the supernatural for a while?
I keep lists of realistic YA fiction ideas that I would like to get to eventually. There’s this one idea about a politician’s secret daughter that keeps tugging at me …
One more day! Four more questions! Send them in to evernightclaudia at gmail dot com!