The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and Other Dauntless Girls, ed. by Jessica Spotswood
A: You can! Reading Behind the Scenes first helps with understanding character background, especially because the first couple of chapters do fairly heavily feature Ally and Liam (and, of course, Josh), but it’s not strictly necessary. If you’re interested in UtL because it’s LGBT (well, L and B, anyway), but otherwise these books wouldn’t be your thing, by all means, go for it – nothing about Vanessa’s romantic life is tied to Behind the Scenes that can’t be gleaned from the latter’s blurb. (And yes, her story entirely works without Josh's chapters, if you have no interest in reading his POV.)
Q: Can I read Out on Good Behavior without reading the first two Radleigh books?
A: Yep! Just note that the main character and love interest actually do meet in the previous one (Right of First Refusal), and it also has a lot of scenes involving the main characters and love interests from earlier in the series. You won't have any comprehension trouble, though.
Q: How do you pronounce your name?
A: Phoenetically, like the flower. You can also hear me pronounce it here.
A: Yes! But please know if you order the paperback online, you will get the old cover. If you want a paperback with the new cover, you can order that here. (You can also find it in-store at Books of Wonder on 18th St. in NYC.)
Q: Will there be more books in any of your current series?
A: Nope, that’s it. I love my characters and their partners and I wouldn’t mess with them for all the macarons in Paris. But there's some bonus material on my blog!
Q: Which of your books are f/f?
A: Under the Lights and Out on Good Behavior, and my short story in All Out is as well. There is no romance between Reagan and Victoria in Just Visiting. We need more romances between girls, but we need solid best friendship books too! (I am, however, currently working on several more.)
Q: I don't live in the US; can I buy your books?
A: Probably! Thankfully, all of my books are available both digitally and in paperback via The Book Depository, which means you can buy it on the site and it'll ship for free, as long as you're on their list of countries. (Which includes Israel, the Philippines, the UK, Australia, and the Netherlands.)
Q: Are your books available in any other languages?
Q: Can you blurb my book?
A: As of March 2018, I'm closed to blurbs for 2018 titles. Beyond that, maybe! Which I say for a couple of reasons:
1) I can read your book for consideration, but I cannot/will not promise an actual blurb before I have read your book.
2) Sometimes I have time, and sometimes I do not. It’s also much harder for me to fit in time to read an e-book than a paperback (#ShabbosProblems), so if you can’t provide a bound manuscript, it’s unlikely I’ll be able to read it in a timely fashion. The best way to find out is to have your agent or editor e-mail me and ask!
Please note that I am probably not the right person to blurb your MG or SFF.
Q: Who do I contact regarding your subrights?
A: For rights inquiries relating to Behind the Scenes or Under the Lights, please contact Spencer Hill Press. For Just Visiting, please contact Lana Popovic at Chalberg & Sussman. For any other titles, please contact me directly.
Q: Will you come visit my school?
A: Is your school in NYC? If so, then maybe! If not, then probably not. As much as I'd love to, having a full-time job and a very young child makes it too difficult for me to travel for school visits. Unfortunately, said full-time job makes Skype visits impossible as well.
Q: Will you do a Skype visit for a book club?
A: As long as it's at night and not on Friday, try me!
Q: Can you recommend me a book?
A: Sure! If you're looking for LGBTQIAP+, the best way to ask for a rec is through the LGBTQReads Tumblr Ask Box. If you just want to see my general recommendations, you can browse my influencer page on Amazon or read my blog posts for B&N Teens. For anything else, feel free to @ me on Twitter or shoot me an e-mail.
Q: Can I interview you?
A: Sure! Drop me an e-mail!