Where and when will the book be out for sale?
Thirty Nights comes out on November 17, 2015, and it will be available for pre-order on October 18, 2015 (very, very soon). I will post order links here under the book page and the home page as soon as I get them, most likely the week of October 12. The book will be available as an e-book on Amazon, Kindle, Books a Million, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository (I think), on Samhain Publishing’s website, etc. It will be available on print at Barnes & Noble, and at other bookstores, including print-on-demand.
How will the published version of Thirty Nights differ from the story posted on the blog and/or fan fiction?
There will be many new scenes, new chapters, new moments between Aiden and Elisa that have never been posted online. Most of these were part of my original vision for the story and characters, and others were developed through the editing process. One of the main differences that seasoned Thirty Nights readers will see are a few new plot twists that shape the story. There are also some character differences because the first versions included some traits to fit the FSOG fandom. However, the core of my characters, their journey, and—above all—their love remain the same. In the end, I am enormously happy with and proud of the final product, which incorporates my plans and original thoughts for the story as well as some experienced advice from two excellent editors. I am lucky to have them.
This of course means that everyone will find something new in Thirty Nights. Maybe we’ll have a contest of who can see the most differences. 🙂
How many books will there be?
Three, hopefully. Thirty Nights is Book 1 in the American Beauty series. Ninety Days is Book 2, and there will be a Book 3 after Elisa and Aiden’s journey is completed. I don’t have release dates for the other two books, but will keep you posted on what happens.
Are there plans for Thirty Nights to become a movie?
Although there has been some interest from independent movie companies, at the moment, I own the movie rights and we don’t have solid plans on this front. I’m just happy that it is getting published and, if it does well, we will cross those (happy) bridges when we get there.
Will Thirty Nights be available as an audio-book?
There are no plans at the moment for it to be an audio-book. Those decisions are made later, depending on sales performance, budgets, editor and author discussions, etc.
Does the fact that the book is getting published mean that you will stop posting Thirty Nights chapters and updates on here? What the hell?
(Or some version of the above :-)) The bad news is that, yes, sadly, I won’t be able to post Thirty Nights chapters on the website periodically like the good, ole’ days. That’s because Thirty Nights is now also owned by a publisher, and the material is under contract. The good news is that I will be posting outtakes and extras and other stories from the Thirty Nights and American Beauty universe. I am also working on new stories and projects, and will let you know as they take shape.
Do you have any new projects that you are working on?
Yes. Once the words start, it’s hard to stop them (without starting to have conversation with imaginary people on the street, that is). Anyway, aside from Ninety Days, I’m working on a book based on legends and on a young adult novel. You can read more about my future writing projects here, in an interview I recently did with Bryan Patterson. As I work on those projects, I will announce the plans here on the website.
Will you write from Aiden’s and/or Javier’s perspective?
I have written some scenes from Aiden’s POV, which will be available on here on the website, after Thirty Nights is released. I also have written a scene from Javier’s POV, which you can find here. Javier’s own story is (hopefully) Book 3, but I have not decided which POV it will be told from.
Is Aiden real? Where can I find him?
Aiden is not real. He was inspired by Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester. His military background was inspired by stories related to the Iraq/Afghanistan war (although it’s purely fictional). He lives in my head. You can learn more about Aiden (including his favorite things and a picture of his, umm, abs) here.
What about Javier? Is he real? Where should I send him my fan mail?
Javier is a little more real than Aiden, but still not real and purely fictional. He was partially inspired by immigrants I have met, known, or heard about over the years. Javier, too, lives in my head. But you can send him messages through me. He loves it if you add some drawings too. You can learn more about Javier and his favorite things here.
Does Elisa exist? If so where is she, so I can stalk her so I can get to Aiden and/or Javier?
Elisa does not exist, but I really wish she did. I have a feeling we would be best friends,after she figures out a way to poison me first for the way I ended Book 1. Currently, Elisa lives in my head, although in a separate (and very cute) house from Javier and Aiden. You can learn more about Elisa and her favorite things here.
How do you write sex scenes? Do you experiment?
Oh boy, this is a tough one. Usually, they form in my head long before they go on paper. My rule with sex scenes is that they have to serve a purpose, send a message. But I’m not great at following rules (I’m like Aiden that way) so I slip and throw in lemons all the time because these two characters are so good at it. Anyway…I digress… Of the scenes in the book so far, I have only had to rehearse one. Take a guess which one…
Is Thirty Nights a true story or an autobiography?
No. Thirty Nights is pure fiction! However, it was partially inspired by some aspects of U.S. immigration laws as they may have existed at the time the story was conceived and written.
If I am in trouble with immigration, can I do this and I will be okay?
No. This is fiction, not legal advice. If you are in trouble with immigration, chat with a lawyer. Like Bob Norman in the book. 🙂
What is the message of this story? Are you a bleeding-heart liberal or a staunch conservative?
My message for the story is for each reader to find his or her own message. I have strong views on the subjects I’m exploring but I wouldn’t be telling a good story if I wasted your time preaching about them. So my only message is love’s power, whether we need redemption, salvation, liberation, or anything in between. So, I guess, if I’m a bleeding-heart anything, I’m a bleeding-heart romantic.