So ... the winner (chosen, of course, using a random number generator):
Congrats! Please email me and let me know if you'd like the 10-page critique or the $20 Amazon gift card.
As for the rest of you:
Some of you recommended books I've read and reviewed already here on the blog (Harmonic Feedback, The Marbury Lens, Before I Die, Cracked Up To Be, and Living Dead Girl). And to that I say: You have great taste! I loved each and every one of those books.
Some of you recommended books I haven't yet read. And to that I say: I'm on it! I'll read them and discuss them here, one by one. If you asked a diagnostic question related to the book, I'll answer it.
Some of you asked general psych questions or questions about my work as a psychologist. For each of those, there will be a future post!
And some of you asked questions about my writing. I will answer a few of those below and save the rest for posts of their own ...
Ashelynn asked: "How many novels have you written, or is the one you snagged your agent with the first one?"
KOrtizzle). That first novel is trunked, but I may cannibalize the idea someday because I think it's cool.
After Suicide Gates, I wrote another YA. It's a sort of sci-fi thriller type thing, and I'm currently polishing it up. I've also just written an adult urban fantasy/romance and am in the process of getting beta feedback. This summer, I'm planning to start work on another YA project that I am EXTREMELY excited about. I'm starting to do some research to get ready.
Mandie asked: "What kind of books do you write?"
Suicide Gates is YA horror that also happens to include a lot of romance and action. And also, knives.
Then there's the YA sci-fi thriller that also happens to include a lot of romance and action. And also, a group home for individuals with severe, chronic mental illnesses.
And then there's the adult urban fantasy ROMANCE that includes a lot of ACTION. And also, paramedics. And canals.
Finally, my new project ... IS A SEKRIT. Somewhat. But there will be romance for sure. And action.
Obviously, there are some common themes.
Laura asked: How do you find the time to juggle work, family, blogging, and writing?
Sigh. This is not easy. First, I work at the office only three to four days/week. Second, I only blog three times a week. Third, my children are young and go to bed early. Fourth, I often forgo sleep. Fifth, I type REALLY fast.
OK, folks, I think that's enough for now! If any of you ever have questions about psychology/writing stuff, please email me. I love answering questions. If any of you asked questions that you'd like answered sooner rather than later, please do let me know. There were so many awesome ones!
Thanks to every single one of you who entered the contest, and welcome to all of my new followers who have arrived here more recently! You guys (and your fascinating blogs) make every minute I spend blogging worth it. Have a great weekend!