All Out: the No Longer Secret Lives of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages, ed. by Saundra Mitchell (February 27, 2018)
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 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 (Harlequin Teen, 2018) 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: 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 make it too difficult for me to travel for school visits. Unfortunately, said full-time job makes Skype visits impossible as well.
Q: Can you beta my manuscript?
While I absolutely consider it a privilege to get to read manuscripts in such an early stage, unfortunately, I just don't have the time to provide editorial critiques for as many as I used to. I'm lucky enough to have a number of wonderful CPs and betas, and those are the writers who come first for me. (So, that's my attempt at a polite "No, unless you already know the answer's yes.")
However, I will take a look at scenes containing Jewish content, with the caveat, of course, that Judaism is not a monolith and I may not be sufficiently familiar with your character's specific background to assist. But I'll do my best!
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. 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!