Frequently Asked Questions
Yes and no.
DO OR DIE is a contemporary romantic suspense novel set in the Troubleshooter’s world — but because it’s the first book in a new story arc, we gave it its own series title: “Reluctant Heroes.” (And the book’s hero, former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn is exactly that! Extremely reluctant. He’s drawn, kicking and screaming, into a highly dangerous situation…)
DO OR DIE features some familiar faces from the TS series, and it’s also set in Sarasota, Florida — home of the Troubleshooters Incorporated Florida branch. (Run by Ric Alvarado, who is an off-page character in DO OR DIE.) (Off-page means he’s briefly mentioned, but he doesn’t appear in the book.)
Martell Griffin, the former cop turned lawyer (from FORCE OF NATURE) plays a major role. As do FBI Agents (and members of Jules Cassidy’s FBI team) Deb Erlanger and Joe “Yashi” Hirabayashi. But none of those characters carry a lot of backstory baggage, so new readers won’t feel lost as they meet them for the first time!
In short, DO OR DIE is a great place for new readers to start, yet it’ll still feel familiar to readers who love the TS series.
Will you write more Troubleshooters books? (What about Navy SEAL Jay Lopez? Will we see more of Jules and Robin in future books or stories?)
When’s the sequel to BORN TO DARKNESS coming out? And what’s up with NIGHT SKY, your YA novel that’s set in the BtoD world...?
But I do have a Young Adult book called NIGHT SKY coming out in late 2014, (co-written with my daughter, Melanie) and it’s set in the “Fighting Destiny” world.
As a longtime fan of science fiction and futuristic paranormal, I really love the themes and messages of the Fighting Destiny series, and I woke up one morning thinking that it would be cool to write a YA companion series. In fact, it occurred to me that YA might be a better delivery-vehicle for those themes and messages…
I approached my daughter, Melanie, with this idea–she’s a writer, too, and she’s got a really vibrant YA writing voice–and together we collaborated on NIGHT SKY. Its main character is a sixteen-year-old girl who discovers that she’s a Greater-Than.
Unlike BtoD, NIGHT SKY is set down in Florida. So the characters don’t interact with the cast of BtoD–at least not yet.
NIGHT SKY is going to be published in hardcover and e-book by Sourcebooks. It should be out in late 2014. (Check my YA page–as soon as we’ve got cover art, I’ll post it there!)
Will you ever write a story for Frisco’s niece Tasha and Thomas King, from the Tall, Dark & Dangerous series? (Any plans for a new TDD book any time soon?)
I have no immediate plans to write Tasha and Thomas’s story (or other books in the TDD series), but hopefully, one of these days, I’ll get around to doing just that!
The link to the DO OR DIE virtual signing will be posted on my appearances page in December.
I read your note at the bottom of your About page, and noticed that's the only place on the site where you include your email address. Do you get a lot of hate-mail for including LGBT characters in your books?
I’ve gotten far fewer anti-gay emails by including that message near my email address, at the bottom of my About page.
Best hater email story: Remember a few years ago when JK Rowling mentioned that Dumbledore was gay? Fox News started shouting about how WRONG!!! that was, and its viewers got OUTRAGED!!! And I started getting nasty emails, as I always do when Fox News goes on an anti-gay tirade. More than the normal amount. (Normal, at that time, being a few every month or so.)
My usual response to this type of email is to hit “delete.” As soon as I recognize that the email is a hate missile, boom. It’s gone. I don’t need that toxicity in my life.
But one email started out saying something like “I’ve never read your books…” And with that boastful ignorance as the shining introduction, this person went on to berate me for including LGBT characters. In books she had never read. She went on to say some really nasty stuff about gay people.
And I was having a bad day, and instead of “delete,” I hit “reply.” And my memory is a little blurry, but it’s HIGHLY possible I used the word “idiotic” in my response. I’m certain I used “willful ignorance.” I know that I assured this person that my son was neither broken nor a sinner. My subtext was a very absolute and thinly veiled “Bite me.”
Well, I got quite the reply — including a vow to make sure no one in this person’s church and community ever read my books. Blah blah blah. But then I started getting emails from her friends. Boom. Three more emails in my inbox, filled with misspelled hate.
And I thought, “Holy crap, what if she belongs to one of those 20,000 member mega-churches?” Frankly, I didn’t (and don’t) care if haters refuse to read my books. I just didn’t want all that poison gumming up my email inbox.
So I posted a brief message on Facebook that went something like: “Hey, gang. Suz here. Um, I’m getting attacked by an anti-gay group who’re sending me nasty emails. If you’ve ever wanted to email me to tell me how much you’ve enjoyed reading about Jules and Robin, now would be a really good time…? Thanks…” I included my email address.
And — boom — my post went viral, and I ended up getting about 2,000 emails, many of them saying “I love Jules” in the subject header.
Total count from the haters? Five.
Thanks to all who filled my email inbox with love!