OAQs: About Writing

What are you working on at the moment?

It’s a secret.  Seriously, I’m not trying to be a coquette here, but I’m very nervous about talking about things before they’re done. Also you spend a lot of time bigging up this amazing lesbian space opera you’re working on, and then you can’t finish it or sell it, you end up looking like a bit of a knob.

Can I get an ARC of one of your books?

I’m afraid I’m not involved in the distribution of ARCs of any of my work. I leave this entirely to the publisher for reasons for equity and, well, it being their job. Most publishers will make a book available via NetGalley and/or Edelweiss, or you can always try approaching the publisher directly. I’m sure they’d be happy to help you.

I was declined for an ARC. Can you help?

I’m so sorry, but I’m afraid not. I am not involved in the distribution of ARCs at all.

Your book is on sale – why is it still showing as full price for me?

My publisher picks the sale price and what countries the sale is active in. This is something I have no control over, I’m afraid.

I wanted to enter the giveaway but couldn’t because I’m not in the US / Canada – why are giveaways not often open internationally?

This is complicated. And is no way a reflection on how publishers view readers outside of North America. Basically it all comes down to legalities, and the complex nature of global gambling laws that publishers need to adhere to if they want to run a giveaway legally. It’s a non-ideal situation, and I sympathise completely, but there is, unfortunately, nothing my publisher (or I) can do to change things.

Are you going to write any more about couple [x]

Probably not. Without wishing to sound dickish, I tend to tell the story I want to tell in the book I tell it in and, unless I’m doing something artsy-fartsy and deliberately weird, that means I’ve usually got a couple to the place I want them to be in, well, the novel about them. And obviously this varies a lot from couple to couple: some people I leave getting married and others I leave kissing in the rain and it’s kind of important to me that both are valid endings to a romance.

What about a sequel to book [x]

Again, probably not. Direct sequels are a complicated proposition, unless books are contracted as a series (like the three Ardy books were). In general, if sequel opportunities are available to me, I jump on them. So if a book doesn’t have a sequel it usually means the opportunity hasn’t arisen.

What’s your stance on fanfic?

From a purely legal perspective, I should probably highlight that I retain full derivative works rights over all of my material. But, having said that, I’m actually a big supporter of fanfic as a valuable and creative means of engaging with the text. So you can absolutely write fanfic based on my stuff without fear of being sued or being asked to cease and desist.

Will you write a blog post / interview for me?

Abso-fucking-lutely. Please get in touch via my assistant Mary at mary(at)quicunquevult(dot)com and we’ll sort something out.

How do you respond to reviews of your work?

Basically, I don’t. I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read and review my work (whether you liked it or not) but reviews are for readers, not writers. I will never engage with readers on reviews of my books or discussion threads about my books unless explicitly invited to do – and even then I’d be terrified of potentially closing down the conversation. If you want to talk to me about my work, you’re very welcome to contact me via my assistant: mary(at)quicunquevult(dot)com

Would you like your work translated into language [x]?

That’d be super cool but translation are usually held by the publisher so you’ll have to contact them.

What’s with all the dialect?

Mostly, I’m just very interested in language. I also have a real problem with prevailing attitudes to non-standard dialects, at least in my country. In many circles it’s actively socially prestigious to be ignorant of the many ways in which English can be spoken and that profoundly offends me. So something I try to do in my writing is to reflect the diversity of spoken English.

Where can I get your freebie short stories?

  • In Vino: This is free for all new subscribers to my newsletter.
  • Sand and Ruin and Gold: I occasionally give away in my newsletter.
  • Wintergreen: Currently unavailable to download – but if you want to read it from when it was originally published on my blog, you can find it here.
  • My last Husband: Currently unavailable.
  • Glass: Currently unavailable.
  • Draconitas: Download in the format of your choice here.

Is any of your work available in audio?

How awesome of you to ask! Yes it is and you can find out all about it by going to this page.

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