Q: Is that your real hair color?
Q: Is Cherry your real last name?
A: (sigh) Yes.
Q: Did you know that your last name matches your hair?
A: Shockingly, you are not the first person to point that out to me.
Q: HEY! Did you know BOTH your last name AND your hair match the title of your first book?
A: (bangs head on wall) YES.
Q: Is that French fry place from RED real?
A: Sadly, no. I’m so sorry.
Q: How do I get ARCs of your books for review purposes?
A: Red, For Real, The Classy Crooks Club, Look Both Ways, Willows vs. Wolverines, and Best. Night. Ever. are on shelves now, so there are no more ARCs available! If you’d like to review them, you can purchase your very own hardcover/paperback/e-book or borrow them from your local library! If you’d like an ARC of The Pros of Cons, let me know, and I’ll contact my publicist at Scholastic.
Q: Are any of your books part of a series?
A: No. All of my books are unrelated stand-alones. I have no plans to write a series.
Q: What are you are you working on right now?
A: I’m finishing up a draft of my new middle grade, PICK OF THE LITTER, which is coming out in the fall of 2018, and working on a new YA that nobody knows anything about yet!
Q: Why does it take SO LONG for your books to come out?
A: Trust me, nobody would be happier than me if I could write flawless first drafts, turn them in, and magically have them on the shelves a month later. But in reality, a lot has to happen behind the scenes before a book is ready for publication—rounds and rounds of edits and proofreading, layout, cover design, sales and marketing, and all kinds of other stuff I don’t even know about/understand. But I promise I’m always working hard on new things for you to read!
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: EVERYWHERE. Seriously, just look around. The world is a shockingly weird place.
Q: I’m an aspiring writer! Will you read and critique my work?
A: Unfortunately, there aren’t enough hours in the day for me to read and critique work I didn’t specifically ask to see. I have a large network of critique partners with whom I exchange manuscripts, and between their work and my own writing, I’m pretty swamped. I’m excited that you’re writing, though, and I encourage you to keep at it! If you’d like to ask me a question about the writing process, contact me and I’d be happy to answer.
Q: I’m about to be published! Will you blurb my book?
A: Maybe! All blurb requests should go through my agent, Holly Root. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Is that character based on me?
Q: Okay, I know you have to say that, but really, is she—
A: No. Nobody in any of my books is based on anyone I know in real life. I promise.
Q: Is this train going to Brooklyn?
A: *looks around* Umm… you’re on your own with this one, friend. Sorry.