Q: Will there be a third book in the Crank/Glass series? When will it publish?
A: I'm currently writing Fallout, the third and final Kristina book. It takes me about a year to write a book, and
another to go through the publishing process, so Fallout will hit bookshelves in 2010.
Q: In what order do I read your books?
A: Glass is the sequel to Crank, so comes after. The others are totally different stories and can be read in any
order. If it interests you, I wrote them in this order: Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks.
Q: What happened at the end of Burned? Will there be a sequel?
A: I purposely left the ending of Burned ambiguous, so readers could decide which way Pattyn goes. But in my
mind, suicide was not an option. Revenge was. I never planned a sequel, but I have a story percolating in the
back of my mind that could become a sequel. So maybe.
Q: What is Tricks about? When will it publish?
A: Tricks is about five teens who fall into prostitution, for very different reasons. It hits bookstores at the end of
Q: How is Kristina? Do you still talk to her?
A: Kristina is alive. Mostly stays clean, although she has relapsed. She struggles daily to make ends meet and
care for the [youngest] two of her five children, who she had after she got out of prison. That is prison, after the
jail time in Glass. She has some brain damage and health issues because of her use. Yes we talk, although she
lives 500 miles away from me, so we're not close. My hope for her is she'll find a way to return to her art.
Q: Will there be a sequel to Impulse?
A: Again, I never planned a sequel to that book. I've had lots of requests, so maybe. But I've got a lot of stories to
Q; Will you ever make your books into movies?
A: Movies aren't really up to me. A film company has to take an interest. There is a script for Crank being
shopped around now, so it's always possible!
Q: Are you writing anything now?
A: Again, I'm writing Fallout now. When that book is finished, I've got a contract for more, so the answer is I'm
always writing something, and never plan to stop. Writing is my heart.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration for your stories? Are they all based on real life experiences?
A: The Kristina books are based on my family's real life experiences. The others are totally fiction, although there
are threads of real people/situations in them. Inspiration comes from many places. Friends. Family. In the news.
And yes, sometimes from readers.
Q: Will you write my story?
A: Again, reader stories often serve as inspiration for characters or story threads in my books. But I don't want to
write someone else's story for them. Some day, they might want to write it themselves. And it would limit my
ability to let my characters talk to me and tell me their own stories.
Q: I want to write my own books. How do I start? How do I publish?
A: Start here, by checking out my "For Writers" page. And remember writing is a journey. It may take years to
publish, but that's okay. Everything you write is a learning experience. And often the perspective gained along
the way makes your storytelling deeper.