Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do the books in the Four Kingdoms and Beyond the Four Kingdoms series need to be read in order?
A: No, my fairy tales are designed to be stand alone. Each story features a different couple and a different kingdom. However, the stories are interconnected and previous characters make appearances in future books, so the series can be best enjoyed if read in order.
Q: What about the books in the Spoken Mage series?
A: Unlike my fairy tales, the Spoken Mage books are part of a larger story that follow the same set of characters. Although different challenges are faced in each book, they do need to be read in order, starting with Voice of Power.
Q: Will you write any more fairy tale retellings after Beyond the Four Kingdoms?
A: I originally planned for the Four Kingdoms series to contain four books—one happily ever after for each of the princesses from The Princess Companion. That number grew as I added two novellas along the way in response to new characters showing up and demanding their own stories. And then I moved on to a new set of kingdoms in the Beyond the Four Kingdoms series so that the three younger princesses could also have their own stories. Poor Frederic back in the Four Kingdoms still hadn't found his queen, though, so I went back in time and added The Princess Search as a final fifth book for the first series. I had planned to then return to Beyond the Four Kingdoms to complete the six books in that series as my final books in my fairy tale world. However, the new kingdoms have introduced a whole host of new characters, including a number of younger ones who have been niggling around in my mind suggesting stories of their own. So I am now planning a third series, Return to the Four Kingdoms, that will see some of the characters from the new kingdoms traveling to visit the original Four Kingdoms. Naturally they will encounter fairy tale adventures and true love while there. This series isn't likely to start before at least 2020, however.
Q: What’s up with your spelling?
A: This is a good question! I live in Australia, and Australian English is much more closely aligned in spelling with British English than with American English. (Think fewer instances of z and more of u.) My Four Kingdoms series was originally written in Australian English.
However, having become increasingly aware that a majority of my readers live in the US, I decided to publish my current series, Beyond the Four Kingdoms, using American English. I have since also published new editions of the existing Four Kingdoms books in American English. I hope that all my Australian, British and Canadian readers will forgive me for the change!
Q: What is the name of the kingdom in The Princess Companion? Is it Arcadia or Arcadie?
A: Arcadia is the name of the kingdom. Arcadie is the name of the capital city of that kingdom. (Think Mexico and Mexico City.)
Unfortunately, this seems to have caused a fair amount of confusion. I have learned my lesson, and will aim for more distinct names in the future! :)
Q: I have a favourite fairy tale. Will you be writing a retelling of it?
A: If you’d like to see a favourite tale retold, send me an email or comment on Facebook and let me know. You never know what might inspire me!
Q: What age range are your books appropriate for?
A: My books are all young adult—meaning the main characters are aged around 16 to 18 years old and are on a journey of finding where they belong in their world. This doesn't mean all my readers are young adults, though! Many adults—including me!—love to read young adult books, and many readers have commented that they share my books with their children. I don't feel comfortable giving a specific youngest age to read my books as I know that each child and family is different. However, if my books were movies, I suspect they would have a PG rating. Romance is always a specific element, and many books end with an engagement or wedding, but the romance doesn't progress beyond kissing. In terms of other content, the books do not include bad language, and while there is violence, it is generally not described in graphic terms.
Q: Are your books available to purchase in paperback?
A: All my books are currently available in paperback, with the paperback usually becoming available about a week after the ebook. At the moment they are only available to be ordered online from the US, UK, and European Amazon stores. (Just go to the book page on any of these sites and make sure you've selected the paperback tab.) I'm working on making them available more broadly so that they will be more accessible to readers worldwide but this is a slow process.
Note—if you happen to live in my hometown of Adelaide, the books can also be purchased from the Booked at North Adelaide bookstore.
Q: Do you have any message for your readers?
A: Yes, I do! You guys are all amazing, and you are the ones who allow me to create new worlds and tell fun tales. I couldn’t do it without you, so thank you! (Ok, so maybe this isn’t actually a FAQ, but I wanted to say it anyway :D)
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