Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is your last name pronounced?
A: row-KAY. It's French, like croquet and bouquet. Rhymes with okay.
Q: Where can I get a signed book or one of those cool beer glasses I keep seeing?
A: All available goodies can now be found on the SHOP page of the website.
Q: Will you come to my local bookstore to do a signing?
A: I really, really wish I could be everywhere my readers are. I love meeting you guys!
But, sadly, travel is expensive, so I can only manage a few events per year. Check out the
EVENTS page to see where I'll be heading next.
***If you have a book club
and a good relationship with your local bookstore, please feel free to inquire with them about
arranging a signing. If a bookstore manager decides there is enough local interest and contacts
me, I am more likely to consider adding an extra trip to my schedule.
Q: How did you get published?
A: I read a zillion books, magazines, and blogs about getting published.
Tried my hand at the traditional route. Had an agent for a hot minute. Decided starting the
search all over again was just too daunting. Read a zillion more books, magazines, and blogs
about how to self-publish. Gave that a try. Success! I'm not opposed to the idea of traditional
publishing, but a deal would have to be pretty sweet for me to stop doing what's been working
so well for me for so many years now. If you're looking for more information on the publishing
landscape, I recommend checking out Writer's Digest. Their website and magazine are both full of
awesomeness that will get your quest off to a great start.
Q: Will you read and edit/critique/review my book?
A: I used to do a lot of this for anyone who asked. Now, there's
just not enough hours in the day. I can barely find time for the wonderful works submitted
by my close friends and critique group, the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse. If you are
thirsty for writing feedback, I highly recommend forming your own critique group. There are
countless blogs that go into detail about best practices for this, and social media is a great
place to find fellow writers in your genre.
Q: I found a typo... Will you be offended if I email you about it?
A: Not at all! I very much appreciate being told if there is an error in one
of my books. My editors and proofreaders are amazing, and you would not believe the things they find
in my prose ("back hair" that should have been "black hair" and "breakfast bowels" that should have
been "breakfast bowls" to name a few of my more embarrassing slip-ups) but they are human and my
errors are plentiful. Please, do not include insults aimed at my team in your email.
I will also note that I was born and raised in the US Midwest, so there is a
slight chance that demographics are at play. Either way, feel free to email me. I'd love to hear