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 21, 2020, so all the info here is up to date as of then.

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), coming July 7, 2020
26. The Morning Flower (Omte Origins, Book #2), coming August 4, 2020
27. TBA (Omte Origins, Book #3)

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.

My publisher Wednesday Books (an imprint of St. Martin's Press) makes and distributes the ARCs, and you can contact them here: publicity@stmartins.com

My next series is the Omte Origins, the final trilogy set in the world of the Trylle and the Kanin. The first book THE LOST CITY will be out July 7, 2020, and the second book THE MORNING FLOWER will be out August 4, 2020. The name, cover, and release date of the final book will be revealed soon.

You can find out more: here

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 upcoming 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.

Five books and one novella in the My Blood Approves series, two books in the Hollows, the stand-alone Virtue, three books in the Trylle Trilogy, four in the Watersong Quartet, three in the Kanin Chronicles. I also have an gothic romance standalone Freeks set in the 1980s, and the Valkyrie duology came out in 2018. As of right now, I've published twenty-two books, and I have three more in the Omte Origins trilogy, coming 2020/

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 unfortunately, 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.

I'm so glad you asked, because yes! There will be! The Omte Origins starts with THE LOST CITY, coming July 7, 2020.

Here's the press release about it:

"Eileen Rothschild at Wednesday Books has acquired the final trilogy in the million-plus copy bestselling Trylle series by Amanda Hocking. The new arc focuses on a girl as she journeys back to Scandinavia to discover the true origins of the Trylle; it takes place five years after the Kanin Chronicles (the second trilogy in the series) and nine years after the first Trylle trilogy. The as yet untitled first book will be published in winter 2020."

You can find out more about the Omte Origins: here

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

Since this is also a long answer, check it out: here.

About Writing

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.

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.

If you send something to my home, and I have not asked for it, I will NOT read it. I will simply throw it away, even if it's a book. Sending things to my home without my permission is not an acceptable to way to contact me. I won't read it and I won't reply to it.

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 three cats.

I do. I listen to tons of music when I write, and I actually compile extensive soundtracks and playlists, because I'm obsessive about note taking. I even post the soundtracks for my books all over. My favorite musicians are probably Ryan Adams, Silverchair/Daniel Johns, Florence + the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Lorde, Meg Myers, the Beatles, and Led Zeppelin.

Kurt Vonnegut is my absolute favorite. I also really love

  • e e cummings
  • Courtney Summers
  • Holly Black
  • Richelle Mead
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Claudia Gray
  • Anne Rice
  • Stephen King
  • J. L. Bryan
  • Judy Blume
  • Jeph Loeb
  • Jane Austen

My favorite shows that are currently on the air are Dark Crystal: Age of Resistence, The Mandalorian, What We Do in the Shadows, Judge Judy, Top Chef, Bob's Burgers, Rick and Morty, Riverdale, Dr.K's Exotic Animal Vet, Stranger Things, Westworld, and Mr. Robot. My all time favorite television shows (other than the ones listed) are Futurama, Perfect Strangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jim Henson's The Storyteller, Heroes, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and Law & Order.

  • Labyrinth
  • The Dark Knight
  • Mad Max Fury Road
  • Up
  • The Empire Strikes Back
  • Aliens
  • Jaws
  • Bladerunner
  • Ghostbusters
  • The Room
  • Seven Psychopaths
  • Pretty in Pink
  • The Lost Boys
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • My Own Private Idaho

Batman. But I'm warming to Henry Cavill.