I have questions about why I'm in shrubbery in this picture...

First, the BEST way to ask me questions is on Tumblr, and GoodReads now has a similar feature.  If you ask me on there, I'm MUCH more likely to respond than via email!

*How do you pronounce your last name?

GOG-IN.  But I won't be angry if you say Gawf-en, Gaw-hen, Gouge-in, Gayg-in or HEY YOU.

*Is the Scarlet series really over?

Sad but true--I don't have any plans to write more SCARLET books at the moment!

*What about other books?

Funny you should ask, there ARE more books coming!  In January 2018 I'm starting a new high fantasy series with Bloomsbury called ELEMENTAE.  I'm super excited to be working with my editor again and I cannot WAIT to share this with you guys.  Fantasy was always my first love and I'm so excited to have something to contribute to the genre.

*How long did it take you to write SCARLET?

Three months--but there's lots of editing and stuff that happens after that.  Plus I was only working part time while I wrote it!

*How long did it take you to write LADY THIEF?

Pretty close to the timeline for SCARLET--I was under contract for it, and it had to happen REALLY fast!

*How long did it take you to write LION HEART?

More than a year.  Book Three was the hardest for me to write; it was really difficult to discover how I wanted to say goodbye to Scar, and what would make her story the most meaningful.  I rewrote it in its entirety several times; I believe the current count is that it took me 320,000 words to get to the final draft of about 75,000 words.  That's essentially writing the book four times (and then some). 

*Do you have any pets?

Yes, one goldendoodle!

*What is your dog's name?


Lucy (as a puppy)

*Are you working on anything else right now?

ETA: I'm leaving this question up as is, because the "high fantasy in a war-torn land" is coming out as the ELEMENTAE series in 2018.  Just goes to show that if you keep working and keep writing, BOOKS HAPPEN. 

OF COURSE!  A writer can never really stop writing.  If I could, I probably would.  Writing isn't a choice, it's more like a compulsion.  There are about four stories somewhere in my head that haven't fully worked themselves into a lather yet--con artists, a really high fantasy in a war-torn land, a group of sisters with magical powers, and one super-special idea that I'm fascinated with but just don't know how to write--YET.  YET!

*Will you sign my book? 

ALWAYS.  Check out my CONTACT page for ways to make that happen. 

*Will you read my writing? 

I can't do that, unfortunately.  But I can tell you that the most important part of being a writer is never giving up--just keep writing through rejections, through triumphs big and small (because sometimes success is actually harder to deal with than waiting!) and keep learning everything you can from your surroundings, your experiences, and the things you care about.  They teach you how to be a better writer.