I tried to compile every question I’ve been asked more than once about MISSING PIECES and THE FREEDOM TRIALS. If you have a question that’s not answered here, feel free to shoot me a message on Facebook!
Will THE FREEDOM TRIALS be available in bookstores?
What’s it about?
Official description coming soon!
When can I pre-order THE FREEDOM TRIALS?
Hopefully soon! When pre-order links go live, I will shout it from the rooftops!
Who is your publisher?
Missing Pieces is published by Omnific (a partner of Simon & Schuster) and The Freedom Trials will be published by Page Street (distributed by Macmillan).
Why isn’t MISSING PIECES available on the shelf at my local bookstore?
Some stores do carry it, depending on the place. Most “new adult” books (the age distinction between “young adult” and “adult”) like Missing Pieces are sold digitally and available as “print on demand.” You can always ask your local bookstore to order it for you!
Whose silhouette is that on the cover of MISSING PIECES? Is it you?
LOL. I’ve gotten this question a lot and it always cracks me up. No, it’s not me. I don’t know who it is. It’s a stock photo!
Did you design the cover of MISSING PIECES / get any say in the design?
My publisher’s design department created the cover. I had some say, but the final decision was up to them (as is the case with most traditionally published books). I love the final cover they created!
It’s labeled as an adult book. Can my teen read MISSING PIECES?
I’m personally a believer that kids and teens should be “allowed” to read whatever interests them. Telling kids and teens what they can and cannot read leads to kids and teens who aren’t interested in reading. So I’d say, yes! However, if you don’t share this view and would like to know about “mature content,” I will tell you that there is one closed-door (off the page) sex scene and strong language.
Will there be a MISSING PIECES sequel?
Nope! It’s a standalone!
You say you’re a feminist — why is there slut shaming in MISSING PIECES?
Ah yes. I’ve gotten this comment several times.
Missing Pieces takes place in a dystopian society that is very patriarchal. Women (and men, but women especially) in this world are shamed and punished for feelings or actions that go against a specific timeline and set of rules.
In our present day society, we regularly put people (particularly women) into boxes of what’s considered “appropriate.” Women start getting pressure to marry by the time they’re in their mid twenties, regardless of whether they want to marry or not; similarly, women who choose not to have children (or who want to wait until they’re older to have children) are shamed for this choice as well. Women who abstain from sex are called prudes, while women who choose to have sex for fun are called sluts. I wanted to show this societal pressure at an extreme level in Missing Pieces. I certainly do not personally condone slut shaming!
*The following question contains a major Missing Pieces spoiler, so proceed with caution!*
What happened to Lara?
This is probably the #1 question I’ve gotten regarding this book. So, here ya go.
After spending two bitter years pitied and ostracized by everyone she knew, Lara decided to venture to Lornstown and give Piren a piece of her mind. She donned a disguise and boarded the train, hoping no one would recognize her. She’d get to Lornstown, say what she needed to say, and leave. What she wasn’t expecting was to meet a man named Jason on the train. A young widower who didn’t want to commit to being lonely for the rest of his life, Jason had decided to banish himself to Lornstown. Lara and Jason spent hours talking, and when they reached the Lornstown arch, passed beneath it together. As they proceeded through the main square, Lara caught a glimpse of two familiar faces in the tavern – Trace and Piren, together, happy. Lara wanted to be pissed off, but in that moment, she realized she didn’t care. She’d never loved him, not really. The word love had become so distorted to her, anyway. But she did love the town. The music, the food, the freedom — and of course, the fact that she could walk by herself, live by herself, be by herself, and no one would judge her for it. Lara moved into a Lornstown cabin, right next to Jason. Their friendship grew, and after six months, he finally asked her out. Lara realized that having the freedom to choose her own destiny was the best thing she could ever want.
She said yes.
Lara runs into Piren and Trace around town from time to time. They smile and nod at each other, but it never goes further from that. Everyone is happy. The end.
You say your books always pass the “Bechdel Test” – what’s that?
To pass The Bechdel Test, a piece of media must include at least two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man.
Why doesn’t the Dunkin Donuts in Zurich have mocha flavoring?
Okay, this isn’t technically a question I get asked, but it’s one I’d really like an answer to. SERIOUSLY DUNKIN DONUTS WTF