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Hey, there, so glad you liked it! Actually, I leave the ending ambiguous on purpose because I think that what YOU think happens next is just as valid as what I think.
So…nu? What do you think? 🙂
My name is Kim Barley, and I am the Community Relations Business Manager for Barnes & Noble Jones Valley.
We have several customers asking for your book. It would be awesome if you could stop by, and do an Author Signing with discussion, at our store during our Teen Book Festival, June 10-12. If you are interested, please contact me .
I have read The Sin-Eaters Confessions and I have to say it is probably my favorite book. I am rereading it again because I was helping in my schools library and found the book again, skimmed the pages, and next thing I knew I was at the check out desk. I was wonder if when you wrote the book, you knew who murdered Jimmy, because even though it is never said sometimes authors know the answer or know just as much as the main character. I’m guessing even if you do know, you wouldn’t right out say it, but if you know is there any parts in the book that point to who did it but its so easy to miss because Ben is so uncertain?
LOL!! First off, thanks so much for writing in! I’m glad you enjoy that book; I have a certain fondness for it, too.
Do I have ideas? Oh, sure. Are there parts that hint at it all? Well…that depends. (I know: maddening.) Remember: Ben’s the narrator and he’s kind of an unrealizable guy. We don’t even know if he’ll send this whole thing off to anyone (or to whom if he does). So, at the risk of sounding all artsy-fartsy, I wanted you to feel just as uncertain as Ben. This means I’m vague and it’s open to interpretation.
It’s one of those author-tortures-reader things 😉
I could not figure out how to leave a blog post. I don’t really have a story where Serendipity worked for me but I am appreciative of the opportunity to play in the hunt. Thank you for being part of the hunt.
Hi, there, you don’t have to leave a blog post. This comment is just fine, and you’re welcome! 🙂
Hi, my name is Hailey. I was wondering if you could tell me a little more about yourself. I’m doing a book report on Draw the Dark and need an author’s biography. I need five hundred words and am almost their. I’ve done some research looked at your website and just keep finding the same things about your professions. I loved the book,by the way it was very suspenseful. I can’t wait to read more of your books.
Hey, there, Hailey, happy to help. Here’s what I’d suggest: you can either Google “Bick interview Ashes” and find scads of material from all the interviews I’ve given, or come up with a list of questions. Some I’ll probably be able to answer and others I won’t. I don’t give out personal information like where I was born or how many kids I have or how long I’ve been married, but I can tell you where I went to school and all that. But if you want detailed answers about how I started writing and stuff, then I’ve answered those questions many times before for various interviewers.
I’m so glad you liked that book! Thanks for getting in touch 🙂
Not sure if anyone has asked yet but…any plans for a sequel to “draw the dark “??? I loved it. Would love to read a sequel. Thank you for your hard work! I’ve been toying with the idea of writing a book myself. I think English is my worst school subject ? Any tips or helpful books/links etc for a newbie? I’ve been journaling inspiration i get from books i read, but I have no idea where to start & like i said English is not my strong suit. Thank you.
Hey there! I’m so glad you enjoyed that book. I’ve often thought of a sequel, but it’s like everything else; you have to write what interests you most at the moment. But, yes, I’d had plans and then things got in the way. Those notes are still here, though 😉
In terms of writing, you’re already doing part of it by reading. All writers are readers; they have to be. Stephen King wrote a very good book about this, ON WRITING, that you might want to take a look at. Then you just have to bumble your way through, same as the rest of us.
Above all, though, you have to write, and you have to finish what you write. You can read this blog here for that: http://adr3nalin3.blogspot.com/2012/01/so-you-wanna-be-contender.html
Good luck, and thanks for getting in touch. 🙂
Hi, my name is Lily!
I really liked your Ashes Trilogy. Is there a possibility of you making another one? It feels as if there’s more to the story when it supposedly ends. Please!!!! I love this series!
Hey, Lily, I’m so pleased you liked the books. Yes, I think there probably is more to the story. There always is, isn’t there? When people are changing and growing? I have several ideas, but right now there are other projects demanding my attention. Then, too, the characters have to tap me on the shoulder and insist their stories are told. Right now, they’re a little quiet. But we shall see.
Thanks for getting in touch!
I am immensely enjoying the Ashes Trilogy. I am currently about half way through Shadows. On page 154 I got a little confused because it appears that Ruby is called Ruth at the end of the top paragraph. I haven’t seen a Ruth yet in the book, and based on the paragraph it implies that it is referring back to the quote from Ruby. I think it caught my eye because my first name is Ruth, although I go by Sarah. I just wanted to let you know in case your publisher wants to fix it in future editions of the book. Thank you for your time and talent. I devour books, and I really enjoy yours.
Wow, you are an eagled-eyed reader! That passed me and the copy-editor and editor by. Thank you for catching that. I will let the publisher know. [Hopefully, most people are so caught up in the story, they don’t notice 😉 ]
Also, I’m so glad you’re enjoying the trilogy! Always nice to hear since you readers are the reason I write. Thanks for getting in touch. 🙂
I just put down Drowning Instinct, after finishing it for the second time, and was inspired to write to you. Drowning Instinct is, by far, my favorite book, and I can’t begin to tell you how it touches my emotions. I’ve also read your other books, and I have to say that they are wonderful. So, I️ had a question. How, in all of your books (Drowning Instinct, especially), do you know exactly what words to use that pull the most emotion from me? With each word, I️ become more connected to every character and every story. How do you do it? Anyway, I can’t wait to see what you come out with next!!! Also, I was wondering if anything would come after The Dickens Mirror. (I had a feeling that the story wasn’t quite over 😉☺️)
Thank you for all of your words,
Hey, there! First, thanks so much for lifting my spirits this morning. A gray day here, so your bit of sunshine was very welcome. I’m so glad you like that book. I don’t have any magical formula, though. I just try to write the most honest and best book I can, that’s all.
Second…well, DM was and wasn’t. That is, I really had wanted to do three books, but my publisher at the time only wanted to do two and then they cratered, so there really hasn’t been an opportunity to go back and do anything more with that story. So…The Dark Passages series is what it is.
I did just finish a book, though, I hope will see the light of day, and it’s got some similarities, though it’s quite a bit more (medical) sci-fi. We shall see!
Have a lovely holiday!
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