Amanda Hocking

About Books

I try to update them every few months, sometime more frequently if there's a lot going, and sometimes less often if there isn't much happening. The FAQs were last updated on January 13, 2021, so all the info here is up to date as of then.

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Here's a complete list of everything I've written, in the order in which I published them:

1. My Blood Approves (My Blood Approves, Book #1)
2. Fate (My Blood Approves, Book #2)
3. Flutter (My Blood Approves, Book #3)
4. Switched (Trylle, Book #1)
5. Wisdom (My Blood Approves, Book #4)
5. Torn (Trylle, Book #2)
7. Hollowland (The Hollows, Book #1)
8. Letters to Elise (My Blood Approves, Novella)
9. Ascend (Trylle, Book #3)
10. Virtue
11. Hollowmen (The Hollows, Book #2)
12. Wake (Watersong, Book #1)
13. Lullaby (Watersong, Book #2)
14. Forgotten Lyrics (Watersong, Short Story)
15. Tidal (Watersong, Book #3)
16. Elegy (Watersong, Book #4)
17. Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, Book #1)
18. Ice Kissed (Kanin Chronicles, Book #2)
19. The King's Games (Kanin Chronicles, Novella)
20. Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, Book #3)
21. Swear (My Blood Approves, Book #5)
22. Freeks (standalone)
23. Between the Blade and the Heart (Valkyrie, Book #1)
24. From the Earth to the Shadows (Valkyrie, Book#2)
25. The Lost City (Omte Origins, Book #1)
26. The Morning Flower (Omte Origins, Book #2)
27. The Ever After (Omte Origins, Book #3)
28. TBA, coming 2021
29. TBA, coming 2021

SWEAR- the final book in the My Blood Approves series - came out November 9, 2016. So all five books in the My Blood Approves are currently out, and there will be no more books. For more info on SWEAR, including description and links, check out this post: here.

For advance copies of my books, check out Netgalley! As of right now, it's the only way to get an early copy of my book before publication.

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All three books in the Omte Origins and all nine books in the Trylle are saga are out now.

You can find out more: here
Up next for me are a gothic romance and a Greek myth retelling, hopefully both in 2021. More info to come.

You can find them: here. All my books are available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the iBookstore.

The Trylle Trilogy, the Watersong Quartet, the Kanin Chronicles, Freeks, the Valkyrie Duology, and the Omte Origins are available in stores where ever books are sold.

If my book isn't on the shelf, ask an employee, and they'll order it for you.

At this time, none of my books are going to be made into movies or television. I would like it if they were, but unfortunately, the movie industry is a finnicky business, and the teen market is incredibly competitive. The Trylle Trilogy rights had been optioned to a company, but they were ultimately unable to move forward with it so the rights reverted back to me. If any of this changes, I will be sure to keep you all posted!

The Watersong Quartet, the Kanin Chronicles, and the new covers for the Trylle Trilogy were all done by Lisa Marie Pompilio, who works for St. Martin's. You can see more of her work here: www.von-brooklyndesign.com

The beautiful new covers for the updated Second Editions of the My Blood Approves series as well as the updated covers for the Hollows and Virtue were done by Mae I Design. I wanted all my books to have a more streamlined look, which is I enlisted the help of Regina at Mae I Design, and she did an amazing job. I'm in love with all of them, honestly. If I had to pick favorites (and I don't, but I will anyway), I would say that Wisdom and Hollowmen are my favorite.

I can't tell you or it would ruin all the fun. I also won't tell you who shot JR on Dallas or who is Keyser Soze in The Usual Suspects.

There are three trilogies set in the world of the Trylle, containing nine books total - Switched, Torn, Ascend, Frostfire, Ice Kissed, Crystal Kingdom, The Morning Flower, The Lost City, The Ever After - and they are all out now. I loved this world so much, but I have completed the saga, and I don’t think I’ll be returning to again.

I've made some fun pronunciation guides. You can check out the one for the Trylle: here, and the one for the Kanin: here.

I have new pronunciation guides for the Omte series on my Instagram IGTV
here.

Since this is also a long answer, check it out: here. You can also check out this recent video I made where I discuss the writing process for Hollows and the series. Watch here

About Writing

I've recently started a series where I give writing advice and talking about the writing process. You can check it out: here

Write a lot, and read more than you write.

Learn to take criticism.

Edit a lot, and find a good editor.

Subscribe to Courtney Summers's newsletter (Seriously do that if you're even considered a career as a writer).

Read On Writing by Stephen King and Joe Konrath's A Newbie's Guide to Publishing - all of it.

Be professional and polite always, even when people say they hate your book (and people will). You can also check out my Pinterest board for Writing Tips and Advice.

I would also suggest checking out Wattpad, especially if you're writing for young adults or are a young adult yourself. They have a great writing community, and it's an excellent place to get feedback and find an audience for your work.

I wrote a blog explaining my whole process for writing my books, so if you're interested in that sorta thing, you can read the blog: here

I'm not sure exactly. I know a lot of it has to do with really supportive readers who do an amazing job of letting people know when they've enjoyed my books. But I did write an extensive blog that explains exactly what I did to get published. You can read it: here

This is a question that I got a lot that I don't completely understand. With all my books that are currently self-published, I just went to the retailer and uploaded the books directly to Amazon for the Kindle and Barnes & Noble for the Nook. For iBookstore, Kobo, the Sony eReader, etc, you can't upload directly to the site, but you can publish them through the third-party publisher Smashwords.

For more information about that, I would highly recommend going to Smashwords. They also have a really fantastic guide on formatting ebooks. For paperbacks, I went through Createspace, because they were the easiest to use and most affordable.

If you're going to self-publish, you need to research and find out works best for you. It is possible to make a living at it, but you need to learn about the business aspects before you dive in. Here's a link to a blog where I list everything I know about publishing: here.

If you send an unpublished book or materials to me, and I have not asked for it, I will NOT read it. I will simply throw it away, even if it's a book.

About Me

Yes, I'm represented by Steven Axelrod at The Axelrod Agency, Inc, and Katy McCaffrey at the Gersh Agency.

I can give you some basic background information about me. I was born in 1984 and grew up in Austin, Minnesota. I always knew I wanted to be a writer, since the moment I learned how to write. After high school, I didn’t go to college immediately, and when I did go, I went for a degree in Human Services, because I was working in a group home for people with disabilities. I started self-publishing in 2010, at the age of 25. I’ve since published over twenty novels, several of which made the New York Times Bestseller list. I currently live in Rochester, Minnesota, with my husband, step-son, chinchilla, two dogs, and two cats.

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I do. I listen to tons of music when I write, and I actually curate playlists for all my books that I listen to. I post all of them on Spotify (including ones for my current Works In Progress), and you can have a LISTEN

  • Kurt Vonnegut
  • Courtney Summers
  • Holly Black
  • Richelle Mead
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Renee Ahdieh
  • Roshani Chokshi
  • Kiersten White
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Claudia Gray
  • Anne Rice
  • J. L. Bryan
  • Judy Blume
  • Jeph Loeb
  • Jane Austen
  • e e cummings
  • Stephen King
  • The Mandalorian
  • What We Do in the Shadows
  • Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
  • Top Chef
  • Bob's Burgers
  • Rick and Morty
  • Riverdale
  • Stranger Things
  • American Dad
  • Futurama
  • Rifftrax
  • Dinosaurs
  • Perfect Strangers
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Jim Henson's The Storyteller
  • Heroes
  • Mystery Science Theater
  • Law & Order
  • Mr. Robot
  • Westworld
  • Legion
  • Labyrinth
  • Mad Max Fury Road
  • Up
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Aliens
  • Jaws
  • Bladerunner
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Room
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Dark Knight
  • Pretty in Pink
  • The Lost Boys
  • My Own Private Idaho
  • Legend
  • Crimson Peak
  • District 9
  • Strange Days
  • Batman '89
  • Willow
  • The Prestige
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
  • The Muppet Movie Caper
  • Batman. But I'm warming to Henry Cavill.