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FAQ and Q&A

It’s hard sometimes when reading text to decipher someone’s tone or meaning because you can’t hear their voice. I guarantee you that my answers are given humbly and respectfully. I am happy that the questions were asked as it gives me a chance to address them.


I can't believe you broke your neck and now have a tumor in your head! What are you going to do and are you going to stop writing!?

I'm going to keep on keeping on! I will finish my current WIP, though at a slower pace, and then I will start another one eventually. Yes, I'll be taking a little hiatus while everything is going on, but I'll be back :) You couldn't keep me away. As for what as I going to do? Well, radiation treatments are first and then we'll go from there. I'm not one to 'rest' and 'take it easy'. Those are dirty words. I want to be back on my feet and back to normal asap! So I'll keep you posted on any new developments. You'll never know how much it means to get your messages and posts of concern. Mwah! I heart you big time.


- How many books with there be in the Significance series?

I get asked this question a lot about all of my series. :) I don’t outline, I don’t plan when I write. Some may find that faulty, but for me the story needs to just flow as it comes and not seem like I’m forming it to fit something. The four books in the series and the novella, Reverence, are all I have planned for that series. But never say never. I hold to that saying and one day...you just never know.


Is there something about you that your readers might be really surprised about?

I am a seriously sarcastic person. I'm seriously quiet, too. I think speaking just to be talking is weird. I only speak when I have something to say. My sarcasm is my life. It's in my movies, my husband and pouring out the windows of my home. Even with this 'tumor stuff', sarcasm is my best friend. So come be sarcastic with me.


- Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or was there something else you wanted to do as a career?

Absolutely not! I never thought this would be my life, I didn't even like to read! :) I hated it when we got reading assignments in school and never picked up a book for enjoyment until Dec 2009. Then it's kinda been an obsession ever since. I started writing for fun when I couldn't find any books I wanted to read. I'd read everything there was in the YA section of Borders and everything was the same! :) So I started writing Collide, with no intentions to publish and then Uprising happened, then stealing Grace. That's when I decided to try to publish. And after the 25th time of being told that my books were good but no one would want to read them because they weren't 'trendy' enough for today’s current market, (meaning not vampires and werewolves) I decided to self publish. :)
As far as anything else, I wanted to be a wife and mother and I accomplished those already ;)



-In Accordance there is mentioned a quiche recipe to die for, any chance that such a recipe exists & can u post it?! :P

I love this question! In Accordance, Caleb and Maggie make quiche for everyone. Caleb has an aunt who can decipher what any plant or herb is for and she’s the best cook ever because of it. Well, I don’t have this ability but here’s a recipe that I enjoy. :) Let’s call it...

Caleb’s Quiche

· 4 eggs
· 2 cups half-and-half cream
· 1/8 teaspoon salt
· 1/4 teaspoon pepper
· 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
· 1/8 teaspoon basil
· 4 ounces softened Feta or Cream cheese
· 2 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
· 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
Directions - Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, Feta, mushrooms and half-and-half. Season with salt, pepper and basil. Place mozzarella in the pie shell, pour egg mixture over cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C), and bake for 25 minutes, or until crust is golden and filling is set. Allow to set 5 to 10 minutes before serving.


-What inspires you to write the books you do? Do you map out the story in your mind before you start writing a book or do you come up with it as you go along?

My inspiration…I want to say something sweet here like the sunrise or a fire crackling in the fireplace, but honestly it’s just kind of happens. I don’t get ideas in certain situations or around certain people. I literally have to keep a notebook in my purse everywhere I go for ideas. And beside my bed, that’s the worst. I wake up in the middle of the night often and when I’m trying to go to sleep, I can think about nothing but the current book I’m working on. I’m a little obsessive about it and it just stays with me until I’m done. Ideas happen their way into my notebook often at that time. My very first idea came from a dream (Actually Collide is nothing like the dream I had by the time I got done with the story line, so go figure.) So, as far as inspiration, I’m not sure sure I really have any except just everyday life - and then tweaking it a little. :) And nope. No mapping, no outlining. It personally doesn’t work for me and I can’t imagine using them.


Who was your favorite Backstreet Boy?

Come on. You can't really expect me to own up to that...



What are Bish and Fiona's abilities? Why didn't you name them in the book?

I wanted to leave some things open to your interpretation. We know what Jim and Jen's are, and we know that significant's abilities go together, so I didn't want to answer ever little thing about everything. Just like I didn't say exactly what was going to happen at the meeting with the council with Maggie and Caleb. You know they fight with them, but I want you to imagine what happens, that way it's your own interpretation of it instead of me spelling it all out for you :) Same thing with Collide. I never, ever say in the series if they are angels or aliens or whatever else. You picked in your mind what you wanted the to be and I left it open like that on purpose. It's kind of funny to see the reviews where people call them all different things, because in their mind that's what they seemed to be to them. :)


-Why do you start a new book series when you have 2 unfinished series? Do you get bored with characters ? Just curious....

Good question that I’m glad you asked because I get asked often. And the answer is that when I began to write my books in the last half of 2010, it was for complete fun. I had NO intentions of getting published, I was just sick of reading books that disappointed me. So, I wrote the first 2 Collide books, 80 pages to the 3rd and Stealing Grace in 6 months time. I literally just did nothing but write in my spare time. Many nights up until 4 a.m. and many mornings and days of looking like crap :) Then, when I finally did start looking around at publishing ideas I wrote Significance while I was waiting. I'm a very impatient and impulsive person and if I have an idea it literally just eats at me until I do something about it. So, after I finished that, I immediately began Accordance and got about 150 pages written in it and the idea for Devour crept up so I wrote 70 pages to that one as well. That's when I first got published. So I had some novels started, some finished so I published the ones that were done already and made release dates for the ones not done. Defiance will actually be the first book I've started from scratch since I got published. I just had to finish Accordance, Devour and Catalyst. Whew! There. I hope that helps and I know it seems scatter brained and off the wall but that's how my thinking process works. I can't imagine only having one thing going at a time but, time will tell for future books.


Favorite music to write to?

Alternative, pop, rock. You name it. I really love a good solid sound that isn't too crazy and is really fluid.



-If you had the chance to co-author a book with anyone who would it
be and why?

I would have to say....hmmm.... Anyone who is a huge fan of true love. A little disclaimer - If you're not interested in true, real, fighting for each other love that doesn’t quit and doesn’t apologize for it, I would not suggest my books to you because it is a very prominent running theme in all my series and will continue to be :)


-Is there any books you've read that were so emotional that you teared up?

Oh yes!! Tons! I am a big baby when I read :) Is it sad that I cried when I wrote my own books? Because I did. When I was writing the last quarter to Accordance, I cried many times. Also, when I wrote the scene where Katie has the baby in Collide and Sherry cries because she can’t have any, ugh!… Also, Falling From Grace series by S.L. Naeole /Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine / Forsaken by Keary Taylor / Demon Kissed by Ivy Taylor / Blood Like Poison 3 by M. Leighton / The Host by Stephanie Meyer (The Worst boohooer ever!) And lately Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie..ahh.... I LOVED this book. I cried either from happiness or sadness the entire time. Slammed by Colleen Hoover, Wishing For Someday Soon by Tiffany King, Going Under by Georgia Cates



-In Significance, Caleb wouldn’t have died if Maggie hadn’t been at the stoplight because he wouldn’t have been looking back at her. So your whole theory about him saying that she only wouldn’t change anything is because he would have died otherwise doesn’t make any sense.

Ha ha! Come on! Give me a break!! :)  (I got this question a few times) They’re teenagers! It’s all about angst! He just wanted a reason to make it all his fault. He’s a protector, that’s what he does, that’s the only reason he said that. We all know it wasn’t a feasible argument, that was the point. It was supposed to show that Caleb was reaching. He loved her so much he was willing to make himself out to be the bad guy if that was what she needed to leave and live her life if she wanted to.


What's your favorite color?

Teal


-What is the first book that you remember reading?

*Coughs uncomfortably* uhum....Twilight. Yes, Twilight! I saw the first two movies and at the end I had to know what happened. That is the reason I started to read at all, but I have read sooo many books to trump that one since. Sorry Twihards. :)


Why did you end your series when everyone loves them so much and would have kept reading had you produced more books for them?
I don't want to be one of those authors trying to milk a series just because I can. I end a series when I feel like I see it ending. I don't want to make the story go on just because. I've read series like that, where by the 7th book, I'm only continuing on to find out what happens, not because I'm enjoying the series any longer. I definitely didn't want that for my series.


If I sent you artwork, would you keep it or trash it?

It would totally go on the wall in my office. I have a few up there already.


-Do you like to torture your characters?

Absolutely not. In fact, I try to go out of my way not to, but sometimes it can’t be avoided. I.e., Bish. Poor Bish!! I love him and hate that he’s had such a hard life. Also, writing Sherry and all the mishaps and things that happened to her was hard too. Especially Merrick’s chapter after Sherry is in the caves…ah! It was so gut wrenching it hurt me to write it. But sometimes it can’t be avoided. I get very attached to my characters. Even when I read books that aren’t mine, I take it all personally and it hurts when bad things happen to those people. That’s one reason I avoid love triangles and always will. I can’t stand it when people cheat on each other, I don’t even enjoy to read about it. So if you enjoy a true love triangle, you won’t find them in my books. Sorry. :)


-How could Sherry be done with College when she’s only 19 years old in the beginning of Collide?

Well, she didn’t finish college. I’ve been asked this several times but I never said she graduated in the book. I said she was in college and she paid for it herself. She was working already but had only finished a semester.


-Who's your favorite character and why?

Well...that's a toughy. Although Caleb is definitely a close follow, I'd have to say Merrick. And the reason is because he was the very first guy I ever wrote down on paper. He was everything I was looking for in books and hadn't found. The way he loves Sherry, all consuming and innocent. All on his own with no persuasion, it's even against the rules of his kind. He respects and cares for her so completely while knowing everything she's ever done her whole life, good or bad. And still loves her unconditionally and passionately. Oh, yeah. Add a Merrick to my cart please. (Not really, my husband is fabulous) :)


Favorite place to write?

The brown leather club chair in my den. It has an ottoman, too... Oh, yeah.


-Why are all of your books so mushy and sappy??

Well first off, thank you!! :) I am a sappy hopeless romantic. I don’t want to read any book out there that doesn’t have romance in it to some degree. This is another reason I started writing my own books, because the paranormal genre, although it has the name of romance in it, wasn’t all that romantic to me anymore. There was lots of love triangles and lots of exploring the powers and paranormal aspects of the novel, but for me they took that stuff too far. I like to read and write books that are about love DESPITE all the other things going on around them. The story is the love, the paranormal stuff is the back plot. The love should be the full front and center story and in my books it is. If it’s too sappy and over the top for you, I’m sorry that it didn’t float your boat but thank you for reading! :)



-It’s ridiculous how the Jacobsons let the Watsons off so easy after they kidnapped Maggie in Significance. A beat down? Really? That’s all?

Well, it was meant to be left open for you to wonder about. The answer to that question is explained in book 2, when Peter tells them about how the council will denounce a clan for the murder of another. The Watsons didn’t kill Maggie, therefore, per the council laws, there was no punishable act. However, if the Jacobsons had retaliated with lethal force, they would have been denounced. It was the plan of the Watsons to not kill her, knowing the Jacobsons wouldn’t be able to do much about it. So in book 3, we will explore the corrupt and hypocritical ways of the council as Maggie and Caleb deal with the consequences of killing two Watsons. It all has a a place and a plan in the plot. :)


Who would win in a fight between Justin Beiber and Harry Styles?

*twists lips* I think the accent would totally be a good distraction. Harry!


-I saw your books were pirated. Are you going to stop writing or stop producing them in certain e-book formats because of it like other authors do?
I have absolutely no intentions in stopping. That would be letting them drive me away from something I love and I won't ever do that, no matter what happens in that regard.


-In Significance you say Gran lives long after Grandpa Ray died, but I thought you said Significants couldn’t live without each other?

Well, remember when Caleb tells Maggie that if your significant dies that you feel it? I said they can’t live without each other but if the other one isn’t alive anymore, then they aren’t significants anymore. They can't be separated if they are both alive. Gran living past him is unprecedented because they usually die near the same age. But. Grandpa Ray died unexpectedly as said in Significance. There’s more books to come people! Let the story play itself out!! :) And Caleb questioned Grandpa Rays' death if you recall…… Hmmm….


-Who's your favorite author or YA series?
I classify a favorite to be sometihng I find myself going back to look and read over and over again. I have lots of books that I absolutely loved but there's certain books that I go back to often. Those would be Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie, Emerge by Lila Felix, Slammed by Coleen Hoover, Falling from Grace series by S.L. Naeole, Reckless Magic Series by Rachel Higginson, Twisted by Amity Hope.


You go to a Mexican restaurant. Beef or chicken?

Chicken unless there's the option for steak. And pile on the guacamole because I know you made it fresh in the back. And if you don't have salsa and chips to bring to the table? I'm out. Peace.



-In Significance, Caleb tells Maggie there is only three humans that have imprinted with an Ace; Maggie, Gran and Philippe. But didn’t Sikes’ wife tell Maggie that she couldn’t give her an offense mark because she had been a human?

Hmmmm……. :)


-What are 10 random facts about yourself?

1. When I was a baby, Reba Mcentire's (THE Reba) bus broke down on the road by our house. My Dad and Uncle fixed it for her while she sang to my neighbors and family in my backyard. I was in a baby swing and she said I was the 'cutest thing'. True story ;)
2. I love olives, green and black. LOVE! When I was a kid, I used to get jars of olives at the store instead of candy. Don't judge me!
3. I hate math. LOATHE IT! It disgusts me.
4. I sincerely disike to drive.
5. I listen to music everywhere. Bath, kitchen, especially in the car.
6. When I'm not writing I read about 3 books a week.
7. I've been married since 2001 to the best guy in the world and I'm not just saying that. He knows what give and take means and I love him more than anything. If imprinting were real, I would have so imprinted with him ;)
8. I'm addicted to candy corn, earrings and body spray.
9. My favorite activity other than reading and writing is taking my 2 boys somewhere they've never been.
10. Going to the doctor is my least favorite thing to do. I'd rather sit at home with no electricity all day than go to the doctor. I'm a waitingroomphobic. ;)



-Do you have any advice to upcoming authors who are looking into getting published?

Absolutely and I get asked this question all the time!

1. I would suggest looking into traditional publishing first. Just because everyone says that self publishing is taking the easy way out doesn't mean that it's true or easy. If you can get published traditionally, I would. This has been a rewarding and humbling and awesome time since my first book came out, but it's been hard to do all by myself.
Update: Now, I think you should just decide for yourself. This has been truly rewarding and I don't have anyone to answer to but my fans and myself, and it wouldn't be that way if I was under a trad publisher so....think about it first.

2. Edit, edit, edit….and then edit some more!!! :)

3. Don’t follow the flow of the YA genre stereotypes. Be your own person and just have fun with your story. Believe it or not, readers don’t want to read something they have already read 10 times but with just different names and places. They want something different.

4. Promote yourself! No one is going to do it for you. You have to set out and spend the man hours getting your name out there. Contact reviewers and bloggers about reading your book, like pages and help promote other authors and most of them will do the same for you, do giveaways and offer to let blogs do giveaways for you as well. Connect with your readers on all the social media outlets.

5. Book bloggers are the key to your success. And I’ve met the most incredible people who run book blogs. It’s a win\win situation when you let a blogger review your book. The fact that they are just awesome and sweet and helpful is just icing on the cake. :) Book bloggers ROCK!

6. Most important of all. YOUR FANS ARE THE REASON YOU CAN DO WHAT YOU DO. TALK TO THEM! COMMENT AND SEND RESPONSES TO THEM, DO GIVEAWAYS AND THANK YOUS! SHOW THEM YOUR APPRECIATION. Without these people, you would be nothing and they deserve your time and effort after they have helped support you. This is a job, no matter how fun and awesome writing is, and you have to put in the time. I personally have sent authors emails and posted on their walls and not heard back. It shows me they don’t have the time to worry about me, and I never forgot that about them either. YOUR FANS ROCK AND DON’T YOU DARE FORGET IT!! :)





43 comments:

  1. I love your books so much. Errors or not, people look past that please. I don't see anything but the love the characters express and it makes me warm and fuzzy and wanting more. Please keep writing, and believe me, I will keep buying and reading. Thanks for giving back hope to romance.

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  2. Thank you for doing this. I enjoyed it so much. I'm so impatient and cannot wait til the new books come out. I've read EVERYTHING and I'm just waiting. Did I mention I'm not a patient person. ;) Thanks again. I loved your answers.

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  3. Oh, Shelly, I think my heart stopped beating a little when you said you thought about taking Significance off the market for the Twilight comparison! Thank God you didn't! I hate how everythings is compared to Twilight! Don't get me wrong I love the books/movies but seriously as long as the book is entertaining and makes you feel who cares?!! I think we are kindred hearts--Candy Corn addict here. Now I have to ask--Do you have Maggie's Diet Cream Soda addiction because I do. It was wild to read something like that when it is so HARD to find. :) Started Devour and I am already half-way through--Awesome!! Keep writing :)

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  4. I do love Diet cream soda and yes it's SO hard to find!! :) Thank you Jennyfer and Jody!! I'm going as fast as my little fingers will go ;)

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  5. I have to say that I love all your books. But I really have to say that as I have read so far, I must commend the fact that all your books have promoted sex after marriage which seems to be lacking in popular fiction these days. As a parent, I appreciate that more than I can say.

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  6. I'm so glad, Jennifer! It's something I very much believe in and not just from a religious standpoint. Hopefully, that's not a secret anymore ;)

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  7. Hi shelly!

    Im a big fan of yours (love significance and devoured!) and just wanted to let you know. I'm even a bit of a grammar crazie but, your books are just that good. Although, if I'm beinhg honest I do sometimes wonder why you don't seem to know the difference between their and they're.... But, I'd much rather read a book with mistakes any old day than one that is stiff and boring. You get a free pass in my mind! ;)

    Significance is one of my all time favorites.... The way you write about love (not so much your style- more so the way you view it if that makes sense) reminds me of Juliet marillier. If you haven't read any of her books I highly recommend you do! And you should start with daughter of the forest. ;)

    I also wanted to say that I love how lengthy your books are. It's a great change of pace. I read one review that said you could really use an editor to help you compress everything.... I agreed, but, after thinking about it, I don't anymore. In a way I am soooooooo glad that you had to go the self publishing route. Your books wouldnt be the same if you had. So, saying that, I am also so glad that I bought a kindle! ;) hoorah for recommendations.

    Thank you for writing and sharing with all your lucky readers. Can't wait for April! ;) oh... Sorry for any errors... I'm typing all this on my phone. :)

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  8. Thank you for taking the time to share the stories in your heart, it is a wonderful gift that you have. Please don't let the edit crazy get to you ;o) I appreciate any time that you take away from your family life to create the moments of piece that your books give me. God Bless.

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  9. I totally agree Merrick is amazing and Sherry and his love is so romantic

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  10. I would have to say you are one of my new favorite authors. I am working on reading all your books, I'm on devour now (LOVE IT!) but I already knew I would...like yourself I love a good sappy story which all of yours seem to have. As far as the editing, I have a kindle and I think the .99 and 2.99 def. makes up for it. It's very easy to see an error while reading and skip right over it. The stories are so great and reading is so smooth and it's easy to skip right over while reading without stopping. I love the prices and love the stories I can't wait for you to write more! Thank you so much for all your hard work, although I have to say I have been up till almost 1:30 a.m. reading here lately. lol

    -Abbey

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  11. LOVE your book significance going to get the 2nd book and can't wait for the 3rd you are my new favorite author. True Love Rocks. I will want to fall in love soon with a guy like caleb. Hope it's will be true. : ) LOVE YOUR BOOKS!

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  12. Just curious, do any of the chAracters in your books (like significance) openly say that their Christian. I know u referred to God in a few chapters and i thought that was really cool, becUse i am Christian and also liked how the characters agreed not to have sex or anything like that(which is sadly rare among most romance

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  13. They don't openly say it in Significance. But Maggie talks about going to church so I'd hope you'd know she was. It's a huge debate in fiction and I'm not looking to plant myself in the middle of it :) But I think everyone probably knows where I stand on things. Good morals shouldn't be limited to just Christians anyway. :)Thank you for your question!

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  14. Your books are soooo amazing. When I read Significance, it inspired me to work harder in wiring, so now I have pulled my grade up from a c- to an A-. I have always had problems with editing also, I HATE editing and wish people would just read and enjoy the book instead of looking for errors. Thank you for my A :)! I LOVE you writing!!!!!

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  15. Shelly, I love the Significance series and was thrilled to find the list you posted of your favorite books from 2011. It is now my go-to list for new books to read. Every one of your recommendations has been amazing! Thanks so much for taking the time to share! Your books and website are truly inspirational - I'm hoping to try my own hand at writing sometime soon.

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  16. Shelly, just read your q&a. I was looking to see when Devour number two comes out. Some things that you we're asked or the comments about you editing begged me. First, I never leave a review based on bad editing. I write a review on how much I enjoyed the story. Second, on your q&a you mentioned people naming comments or whatever the casemay be that you used thewords "imprint" in one of your books as did SM's twilight series. I think for people to say that is just plain stupid on their part. That word has been used in romance books for years. I know I am an avid reader. She didn't create the word its been around forever. Get over it twilight fans. I love your books. Keep up the good work. :)

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  17. Shelly, I love your Significance series! I love the love story because I am also a believer in true love :) Reading these books has been refreshing and I look forward to Defiance soon. I also look forward to checking out your other books. Congrats on your accomplishments!

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  18. Shelly, you are my absolute favorite author I've fallen in love with all your characters and Caleb! Yum! I can't wait for defiance! When I found out it was coming out two months early I freaked! I was screaming and jumping up and down! I read a lot for a 13 year old girl and the Significance series is by far my favorite series and you are my favorite author!

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  19. I love your Significance series!!! Do u think there is going to be a movie because if there is I would so go and see it.

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  20. I have read almost all of the books and I LOVE them!!! I am a huge fan and if their were movies I would LOVE to see them!!!

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  21. Shelly-wow you are such a gifted and creative writer. I first read your collide series then the Significance series, and have now started on the Devour series. I love them all and can't wait to see what happens next to my favorite characters. Keep writing and I'll keep reading. I never mind waiting in queue for anything if I have my kindle. I only hate to wait for a new book to be available. Thanks so much!

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  22. This was really insightful. Thanks for posting this to help other people who want to write too. We appriciate it. :)

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  23. Shelly, I love all your books! I think its amazing how you give out advice to people who might want to write in the future and tell us about yourself, and I admire you for self publishing your books and all the work you must have put into them.
    Never stop writing, I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to books, I think thats why i love yours so much.

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  24. Shelly, I love that, it was really sweet and insightful!

    I carry a notebook as well; and I'm 12... I'm almost finished my first book (not named XD) and I really look up to you as a writer, and I'm sure other people do too :)

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  25. Now us sappy romantics have an amazing author to get our books from!!!!!

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  26. Shelly, i have a couple questions of my own: 1.In the first 2 significance books, kyles dad is max, but in 3, and in calebs pov, his name is ken. im confused. 2. in defiance,kyle and lyne mutualize, wich means they acended. what are their abilities? the book never said. My finale question is; if significance was made into a movie, who would play who? ie. maggie, caleb, kyle, ect. You dont have to answer any of these questions, but im just curious. id love to hear from you. i love all your books. <3

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    1. I was wondering the same thing. Why does kyles fathers name change durning the series from uncle max to uncle ken?

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  27. R U PLANNIN ON MAKING MOVIES FOR THE SIGNIFIGANCE SERIES I WOULD OWN THEM ALL THEY WOULD MAKE PERFECT MOVIES DO U HAVE ANY IDEAS FOR WHO WOULD PLAY MAGGIE CALEB JIM JEN BISH PETER RACHEL KYLE N LYNN I LOVE UR BOOKS SOOOOO MUCH

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  28. Hey Shelly

    I discovered your books a few weeks ago and I have really enjoyed them . I just wanted to thank you for writing books that are romantic and that still have a lot of integrity (the lack of sex scenes and a lack of blatant carnality). I'm a young person who shares and abides by the principle of sex after marriage, and while I LOVE reading and have to admit to being a romantic at heart, often with YA/New Adult , it can be very hard to find books that are truly based on chemistry of the minds, love and old-fashioned romance. I honestly and sincerely appreciate the way that you write and the path that you have taken. You have inspired me as someone who also wants to write, but who doesn't want to go down a path that so many others have with all of that other negative stuff. Thank you for writing books that give me as a romantic all of that wonderful googledy goo eyes and ba da ba da voom heartbeats, without ever having to feel bad about what I'm reading .

    You've fulfilled a need!

    Thank you !

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    1. You hit the nail on the head :) That is my goal, purpose and hope for my books, so thank you SO much for saying that.

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  29. What would the honey buns recipe be?

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  30. I love your honesty who cares bout typos when the books keep you wraped up for hours and you forget to feed your family. I love when you involve your characters with not nice things happening to then eg Sherry in the cells it adds to the book and the characters growing. Sherry went from book 1 needing to be rescued to in book 4 her being strong and rescuing others. Just to let you know I am an older reader and loveyour books. Favourite would need to be Collide as I loved the characters from out of this world and the action scence.

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  31. Shelly, I truly think you are amazing. Your writing philosophy, your books and even your FAQs inspire me. Thank you for being you,and for responding to each of us individually.

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  32. Shelly,
    Thank you for creating such a wonderful set of stories with the SIGNIFICANCE series - different characters, a unique tale, so unlike any of the romance stories I was immersing myself in at the time that I discovered your series. It was like a breath of fresh air. What a lovely surprise, so thank you. :) Okay, my question --- did you design the book covers for that series and if not, who created them for you? After going back and forth for several weeks with one designer just trying to have a conversation, I'm back to starting over with the search for my first book. I welcome a referral, if you have one... thanks! ~ All the Best, Chris Kuhn

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  33. Awesome Questions and Answers... i really enjoyed

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  34. Hi Shelly!
    I just want to ask you if you intend on writing some other book about soul mates? With new characters? - I really love the significant concept!!!

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  35. Hi Shelly,
    I truly enjoy how your romance in your books isn't like what you find in other books. When a couple gets together in some of the other books I have read they are maybe together for as little as a couple days and they are already in the throws of sex. You don't write the yucky stuff that I don't want to read when I think I am picking a YA book and the book should be listed someplace different.
    I have been trying to decide of all the males in all your stories who I like the most and I still can't decide on one. They each bring something special to the person and the story you are read. If I really was told I had to pick or I was not allowed to read another book the I would have to go for Merrick. There is just something about how he cares for Sherry and how much you can tell its real care and not some front he is putting out there for her to trust him and to fall for him in anyway.
    Thanks for all books you have out and I can't wait to read your next books that are coming out.

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  36. You officially ROCK!!!! I knew you did already when I read the Significant series (which FYI quickly replaced my favorite book of three years (The Host by Stephanie Meyers.)) But after reading your favorite books list and other comments, you sky rocketed through the roof of awesomeness! I told all my friends and my mom about you and they LOVE your books! Read each book in less than twenty-four hours each, couldn't put them down! Can't wait for the next book in the Significance series!

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  37. Mrs Crane, are you ever going to get Significance series published in England? I keep on suggesting them to my friends but it has to be special ordered and its a bit expensive to buy and they all want there own copy's (because I want to my copy's back lol).
    Thank you
    Naomi xox

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    1. Hmm. The best place to buy them in the UK would be Amazon. That's the best place to buy them in every country for the price :) Thank you so mu h for reading and sharing!

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