Answering More Reader Questions

Mae asked what books do I like, and the answer is ALL kinds! I love all sorts of books! Some books that I’ve read recently that you might enjoy are:

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R. J. Anderson

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

Thief of Attolia, Queen of Attolia, and King of Attolia  by Megan Whalen Turner

The Lost Conspiracy by Francis Hardinge

The Swam Maiden by Heather Tomlinson

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher

The Boneshaker by Kate Milford

Mae also asked which Egyptian ruler I thought was the coolest, and that is hard! Hatshepsut is very cool, not least because she was one of the very few women pharaohs. Thutmose III was a pretty strong ruler, too. And Ramses II was an amazing builder. Gosh. I don’t know if I could pick ONE favorite, but those are three of my favorites.

Adriana, I wouldn’t say that the Theodosia books are about Egyptology, but Theo’s parents are Egyptologists, and she deals a lot with Egyptian artifacts and research. The next book is called, THEODOSIA AND THE LAST PHARAOH.

Amelia asked where I get my ideas. I think ideas are absolutely EVERYWHERE. They are all around us, we have only to open our eyes and pay attention. I have a harder time not being bombarded with ideas. Or forgetting cool ones that I don’t want to forget. :-)   Like you, I have a small notebook I carry with me everywhere, and then I have a lot of notebooks all over the house full of ideas I’d like to turn into a story someday.

One of the things I do, since I have so very many ideas, is to try and be sure an idea is really story-worthy; that it truly has enough meat on its bones to make a good dramatic story. Sometimes ideas are just that, ideas, and don’t really have enough conflict or drama to be developed into an entire book. History and ancient civilizations and anthropology are great sources of ideas for me.

And as for tips for writing, well that is a huge subject. I write a LOT about the writing process on my author blog ( and have some tips on the Writer’s Page of my author website, but I will  do a separate post on some writing tips in the next week or two.

Kaitlyn asked if there has been some movie interest in Theodosia, but nothing that’s actually gotten off the ground. Believe me, if and when that happens, I will shout it from the rooftops!

Amelia and Collin both wanted to know how many books are planned, well, I’m not sure. I have tons more ideas for Theodosia adventures so we’ll just have to see how it goes. A lot of that isn’t really up to me, but is decided by the publisher based on sales numbers and that sort of thing.

Thanks for all the great questions!

19 Responses to “Answering More Reader Questions”

  1. Collin Says:

    When will the next contest be? I can’t wait to try to win!!

  2. Mae Says:

    I’ve read some of those. Yeah, ideas come from EVERYWHERE! Like songs. One title came from ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’, and a whole scene came from one line in ‘Alive’ by Meatloaf! But some ideas don’t really succeed, yeah. Like this particular ending and beginning for stories I had, well, they didn’t quite fit in, so I ditched them for a bit, but now I have a whole new story with them! And if Theo becomes a movie, I PROMISE to watch it!

  3. Amelia Says:

    Thanks so much for your advice! And by the way, if there ever is a Theodosia movie, I will be at the WORLD PREMIRE!!
    Well, some premire, anyway. :)

  4. Emma Says:

    It *would* be really cool if Theodosia became a movie, but I’d be really worried that whoever made the movie might not make it that great… Most of the “books turned into movies” end up REALLY bad, and I don’t want that to happen to Theo! I love the books so much!

  5. Trey Says:

    Thanks for answering all of those questions-they were really informative. I would also recommend the Cat Royal series by Julia Golding; they`re really great!

  6. Trey Says:

    I would also love to see that movie!

  7. Adriana Says:

    What makes Theodosia interesting to me is that it’s from a kids point of view. Theo’s got a lot on her hands and her adventures are very interesting. Especially for an eleven year-old living in the year 1907. It makes things more interesting…..

  8. Taylor Says:

    You’re so right Adriana! It is interesting from a kids point of view. What I like about Theodosia is that she works hard. If something is in her way, she never gives up. Theo is also very smart. Did you have to do a lot of research on Brittan before you started writing the Theodosia adventures?

  9. Mad Says:

    I’ve read some of these books and if you like them,you might also want to try a book called Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan

  10. Richard Says:

    How can you relate Nathanial and Theodosia? Do they have anything in common?

  11. Kaitlyn Says:

    Heh, no kidding, Amelia. I plan to be there as well. :D

  12. Kaitlyn Says:

    Oh, and by the way! I am currently reading Incarceron by Katherine Fisher…read it, you guys! XD

  13. Laura Says:

    So do Theo and Will like each other or something?

  14. M_ill_ee Says:

    I end up writing pages and pages of stories off random stuff. Like, i once wrote a story entirely about a mutant toaster, i carry around post its all that time, and stick them in a journal where i put all my crazy writing ideas, but none off them really take off, i usually just not work on them. Cause i can’t….. write in one part at once. i skip around and them try to piece them together….. and sometimes I’m not even sure what I’m writing about! one day it will turn into a perfected novel. but not quite yet.

  15. Kaitlyn Says:

    Hey, everyone!

    I just saw that R.L. recommended to read “Incarceron”, by Catherine Fisher, which I decided to try. Let me tell you–it’s amazing! Anyone who needs a new good book, try it out!

    :) And good luck with your un-official novel, M_ill_ee! XD


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  17. Vanessa Says:

    Um I was wondering do you still feel like you see things? The reason I am asking is because my parents and my grandparents say that i am crazy, full of it, and i let my imagination get the best of my self. Oh I know you probably think I am crazy but well i think my house is haunted and I have seen ghosts it was kind of creepy… Another thing how could i poosibly get a hold of you maybe a um writers office?

  18. Vanessa Says:

    Oh one last thing do you live on the other side of the world if you live in america just wondering because here it is not 12:51am it is like 8:02pm?

  19. R.L. Says:

    Vanessa, while I’ve never seen ghosts, I do believe that kids are much more in tune with the world around them that most grown ups and often see things that they miss. Still, ghosts WOULD be kind of creepy. ::shiver::

    Also, I’m not sure why the time stamp is what it is. I live in Southern California, where it is 2:00 in the afternoon. Maybe timestamp is synchronized to where the website servers are located? And the best way to get ahold of me is by email using the contact page on the website. :-]