nicole burnham

FAQ


Most Popular Question

What is your next book, and when will it be out?

The Wicked Prince, the fifth book in the Royal Scandals series, is now available. It features Prince Alessandro Barrali, the identical twin of Prince Vittorio (from Slow Tango With a Prince) and Francesca Lawrence, an economist employed by British billionaire Jack Gladwell.

Additional Royal Scandals titles are planned, so stay tuned.


Questions About the Royal Scandals Series

What is the order of the Royal Scandals books?

There are currently five full length novels and three holiday novellas in the series:

The three Christmas novellas are available individually as ebooks, or in eboook, print, and audio as a single collection titled A Royal Scandals Christmas.

A Royal Scandals Wedding, a short story exclusively for newsletter subscribers, is set at the wedding of Prince Stefano and Megan Hallberg, who appeared in Scandal With a Prince.


Questions About Other Books

How do I get copies of your Silhouette Romance books? I can't find them in my local bookstore.

These books are currently out of print, though used copies are available at some retailers. Expect great news about these books in the coming months! To ensure you don't miss out, subscribe to my e-newsletter e-newsletter.

Do you plan to write more young adult books? My daughter loves the Niki Burnham books.

At the moment, I'm not working on any new full-length Niki Burnham books. However, I am putting some of my hard-to-find backlist titles back into print and hope to write some shorter works in the near future. For more information on the Niki books, or to sign up for my Niki Burnham e-newsletter, visit www.nikiburnham.com.


Questions About Writing

Do you base your stories on your real life? If not, where do you get your ideas?

The stories I write are fiction. However, I pick up ideas from everyday life—a newspaper article, something I see on the news, or just overhearing conversations—and then asking myself, "What if...?" and letting my imagination wander. I also get ideas from out of the blue (in other words, I daydream a lot.) For me, the easy part of writing books is coming up with ideas. They're everywhere.

I want to write books someday. What advice do you have?

First and foremost, read everything you can get your hands on. I learned the most about writing simply by reading broadly, and by figuring out what I like and don't like. It's important to pay attention to why a book does or doesn't work for you. Something else to do: write a little every day. It gets you in the habit. You don't have to show it to anyone, but the more you write, the more you'll improve. Finally, don't be afraid to take a heavier class load in English and Literature classes. Literature because it gives you the chance to read and discuss great books, and English because it's important to know the basics of language and proper usage. Then you need to sit down and actually WRITE. Don't talk about writing or make grand plans to write. Just write.

How do you get inspired to write?

For me, writing is a career. There are days I don't feel like writing, but I show up at my keyboard and do the work just as anyone would in any other career. (Could you imagine if your local police decided they weren't inspired to fight crime?) If writers waited to be inspired to write, I doubt many books would get finished! That being said, I enjoy my job immensely so I'm quite happy to show up and work.

I did what you said and wrote a story. Could you read it and let me know what you think? What about just a few general comments? If you like it, could you show it to your editor and/or agent?

That's fantastic! So many people say they want to write, but they never get around to doing it. That alone puts you one giant step ahead of the game. Unfortunately, I get a ton of requests to read unpublished work, and if I did it for some people I'd feel obligated to do it for everyone. That means I wouldn't have time to write, to eat, to sleep...well, you get the idea. So, no, I'm sorry to say that I can't read your work, give you comments, or show it to my editor or agent.

There are also a lot of legal reasons why I can't read unpublished works by other writers. What if you write about a character named Jane and I read it, then I have a book with a character named Jane, so you decide that I must've stolen your stuff, because there's no way I would have come up with a character named Jane on my own? Not that you'd ever do that, but others might. You see how this can get me into major trouble.


Questions About Everything Else

How can I get a list of all your books?

Download my current booklist as a PDF. It's formatted to be easy to take along with you to a bookstore or library.

Are you currently on any social networking sites?

I am fairly active on Twitter and Facebook, and I have an author page on Goodreads. Though I'm on a few other sites, those pages are only updated from time to time. Given the amount of time I devote to writing, it's easiest to focus my energy/limit my fun time to chatting with Twitter followers and readers who've "liked" my Facebook page.

Do you do booksignings or visit libraries/book clubs?

I do. The easiest place to find out about upcoming plans is to visit my Events page. I list all appearances there as soon as they're confirmed.

If you're interested in having me visit with your book club, e-mail me and put "book club visit" in your subject line. I'm happy to do call-in or Skype visits with book clubs.

How do I get autographed copies of your books?

The easiest way is to snail mail me and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with two first-class stamps or Forever stamps. I'll use that self-addressed, stamped envelope to send you an autographed bookplate for any of your books. A bookplate is a sticker that I sign, then you peel the backing and place it inside your book.

When you mail me, be sure to include a note letting me know any specific instructions (if there's someone in particular you'd like the bookplate addressed to, for instance, or if you'd like more than one bookplate.)

To sum up: In an envelope addressed to me, please send a note with any specific instructions AND a second envelope you address to yourself with two stamps on it. When I get it, I'll send your second envelope back to you with the bookplate(s) inside. Make sense?

I don't have an e-reader. How do I read your digital books (eBooks)?

Digital books can be read on nearly any tablet, computer, or smartphone. All you need is the appropriate app for the device. To read Kindle-formatted books, visit Amazon's Free Kindle Reading Apps page to get started. To read books formatted for the Nook, visit Barnes & Noble's Nook Apps page. Either way you go, you simply choose the app that matches your device, download it, and start reading.

Do you design your own book covers?

I can barely design a stick figure. I leave book covers to the professionals, though I do consult with them.

Do you design your own website? If not, who designed it?

As with book covers, some things are better left to professionals. My site is designed by the fabulous folks at xuni.com.


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