And a happy Fourth of July to all of the US readers out there. May you have a very safe and happy (and wildfire free) holiday. Oh, and if you and your family do fireworks, please be extremely cautious and maybe reconsider this year if you are in one of the drought-stricken parts of the country. So much potential tragedy if just one spark goes astray.
Now, on to some Qs and As that I have been seeing lately.
Q: when will PERFECT SCOUNDRELS be released?
A: february 5 in the US and Canada. I’m honestly not sure in other countries. I typically don’t get that information, I’m afraid.
Q: have you started writing GG6?
A: not quite yet. I still have to wrap up Heist 3, but I imagine I will start within the next few weeks.
Q: when will GG6 be released?
A: I honestly don’t know yet, but if and when I do know I will share. I promise.
Q: why is the synopsis on this site different from the synopsis I read on Goodreads?
A: this is the official synopsis. It is what will be in all the official marketing materials and (I think) on the back of the book. I don’t know where people get the information that they put on Goodreads, but I can say that I have never seen that synopsis before and I don’t know where it came from.
Q: are Kat and Hale really boyfriend and girlfriend now? When did that happen?
A: pretty much over the course of Heist 2. I know they didn’t come out and say “will you be my girlfriend, yes/no”, but it happened. Life isn’t always that black and white (no matter what Facebook would have you to believe.)
Q: why don’t you make a movie about the Gallagher Girls?
A: for the same reason I’ve been giving for six years now: I don’t have the money, expertise, connections, time or resources to make movies. All I can do is option the rights to people who do have those things, and that is an incredibly complicated issue.
Q: what have you read lately?
A: I’m currently reading CODE NAME VERITY. It is a World War II spy book about two teen girls and it is fab.
Q: what are you doing for the Fourth?
Q: why don’t you write faster?
A: see question and answer above.
Q: why don’t you write more GG books and/or do a spinoff?
A: right now, my primary focus is on finishing out the series as strongly as possible. If and when I have a story that merits returning to the world, I will, but I’m not going to force something just to keep “milking” the Gallagher Girls. In short, I must do what is best for the books, foremost and always.
Q: will you do an epilogue do GG6–we should get to see Zach and Cammie’s kids!?
A: will there be an epilogue? Only if the story/situation calls for one. But I think there is now a vast misunderstanding of what epilogues actually are.
Hunger Games had an epilogue with Katniss and her children. Harry Potter had an epilogue with his children. And therefore many readers have been conditioned to think that “end of series”=hero or heroine with babies.
Well, that doesn’t have to be true. It was true for THOSE series, but by no means do I think it has to be true for all.
I know what the last scene of GG6 will be. I’ve known almost since writing GG1. And I’m not going to change that because people have been trained to expect something incredibly specific.
Happy holiday everyone,