The most frequently asked questions ~ all in one place! Please read this before you email Gail. Thank you.

“Questions are never indiscreet, answers sometimes are.” ~ Oscar Wilde

FAQ Books

  1. What's next for Gail?

    Gail is currently writing the Custard Protocol adult series, next generation spin-off from her popular Parasol Protectorate books. She is also writing novella tie in works beginning with Poison or Protect.

  2. Where is the rest of the manga?

    There are only 3 graphic novels: Soulless Vol. 1 (aka, Soulless), Vol. 2 (aka Changeless), and Vol. 3 (aka Blameless). Gail’s post why there are only 3.

  3. In what order should I read Gail's books?

  4. Will there be more Parasol Protectorate (Alexia) or Finishing School (Sophronia) books?

    No. (Blog posts One & Two on the subject.) However, many of your favorite characters show up across series and in Gail’s shorter works. Gail is planning stories featuring popular side characters, please join her newsletter if you wish to be kept informed. One of the great things about writing with immortals is that they are immortal. Also there are lots of Easter eggs, hints, and threads that will make more sense if you read them all.

  5. Where is the ebook/audio/print version?

    Print editions follow after ebooks for novellas, here’s why. Audiobooks ALWAYS take longer. Digital eBooks drop on the official actual release date. Gail’s self-published novellas and short stories are distributed as widely as possible, on as many platforms as possible, including directly on this website.

  6. Why can't I get the English language ebook or audiobook overseas?

  7. How do I get an ARC of the next book?

    Gail’s traditionally published books are through Hachette, press may contact them. If you are a blogger and wish to review her next novella or G.L. book you may drop her a calling card.

  8. Audiobooks?

    Recorded Books produced first 3 Parasol Protectorate books. Hachette Audio produced Heartless & Timeless (with the same reader). Audiobooks for the Finishing School series and Custard Protocol series have the same reader. Audio usually releases to Audible in the US & UK within a month of print release. Yes, Gail helped choose the voice actors. More here.

  9. Could Gail suggest something else to read while I wait?

    Gail has a blog post with more suggestions. Similar in tone if not in specifics ~ Wrede & Stevermer’s Sorcery & Cecelia, and Garth Nix’s Newt’s Emerald. Want something a bit more sexy? Try Ridiculous by D.L. Carter. Gail also runs a book group.

  10. Can I get a signed copy/bookplate?

    Show up at any of Gail’s events and she is delighted to sign (books, parasols, teapots, even biceps), or contact the bookstore before she visits to put in a special order. You can always phone/email Borderlands Books, they carry signed copies. Gail does not supply bookplates or swag except to her newsletter subscribers.

  11. What age group best suits Gail's books?

    Gail’s youngest (known) reader is 8 and her oldest 95. For the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol books, she suggests 14 & up. The Finishing School books suit 9 & up. If you are concerned for your child, please read it first yourself. Gail’s novellas & G.L. books are for mature audiences. Her Parasolverse series contain modest violence (generally comical) and some nookie (explicit in the novellas, kissing in the YA). While Soulless did win an Alex Award it is not intentionally young adult. The Custard Protocol series, the novellas, and the G.L. Carriger books are NOT YA!

  12. How long does it take to write these books?

  13. Why isn't the language (vocabulary, syntax, spelling) proper Queen's English? (AKA the ladybird issue)

    The original English language editions of the Parasol Protectorate books came out for Orbit US. House rules required American language, spelling, and grammar. The same text was used for the UK editions. The UK editions of the Finishing School books were anglicized. The Custard Protocol books are all anglicized except for some words (like ladybird) that American readers wouldn’t understand, these words are changed in the US editions. If you want more information about why each series is different, Gail blogs about The Ladybird Problem.

  14. How did Soulless get its cover?

    There were gankings, surprise Facebookings, and unexpected Gothic supermodels. See this exciting blog entry for the full story.

  15. Can you tell us whether there will be a movie or TV show?

    The Parasol Protectorate books were optioned. (On the Unlikelihood of Options Becoming Films.) Nothing on the other series. Gail fantasy casts Prudence and Soulless see more of her casting an inspiration on Pinterest.

  16. How does Gail feel about fan fiction?

    She has a blog on that as well as fan make. If you have photos of cosplay or fan art, please feel free to share them in her wiki Author Community.

  17. How does Gail choose the names in her books?

    There is a blog on that too and a lively discussion. Here’s how to say Sophronia. How to produce the “g” in Carriger? Hard, as in GIR. GAYL KA-ri-ger


  19. Gail, will you help me with (or contribute to) my blog contest/promo interview/art project/research paper/homework/etc...?

    ~ Gail’s policy is only to review products or books that she has sourced herself and that she genuinely adores.
    ~ Gail discusses her charitable contributions here. Please do not ask her to publicly endorse a charity/kickstarter or sign a petition on any public forum. She prefers to keep such activities private.
    ~ For other requests, please contact her with exactly what you would like and what kind of time commitment is required including deadline. Do not do this over social media.
    ~ Gail is usually happy to do an interview of 10 questions or less, so long as it is not video. She needs at least three weeks.
    ~ Gail will not write your book report or homework for you. She used to be a teacher and she can smell a cheat a mile off. Don’t try it. No, really don’t.

  20. Will Gail come to my local convention, library, school, or bookstore?

    Whether Gail visits your event rides on many factors:
    ~ Has she recently been to your area? Gail’s books are published all over the world and she only does one event a month. She tries to be as fair as possible and visit as many different places as she can.
    ~ Has she recently done a similar event? She tries to spread the 12 events she does a year evenly: book tours, overseas visits, steampunk cons, large SF/F cons, small SF/F cons, writing workshops, industry expos.
    ~ Has the event/bookstore invited her? Most conventions run on a tight budget and can only fly Guests of Honor. Here’s Gail’s blog post on the subject.

  21. What's Gail's educational background?

    She has a BA with Honors in Archaeology, an MA in Anthropology, and an MS with Distinction in Materials Archaeology. This used to cause her to travel a lot and be overly concerned with research ~ writing has had exactly the same effect.

  22. How similar is Gail's personality to Alexia's, Sophronia's, or Rue's?

    Gail fully admits to sharing traits with her main characters but there are other characters she feels closely resemble her. You are welcome to guess which. Should you ever meet Gail in person, you will be left in little doubt.

  23. What's Gail's favorite type of tea?

    Twinings gold label (black box) English Breakfast or 1706 Strong imported from the UK. It is malty and less brisk than the American (or red box) version. She takes it milky but strong with no sweetener. How does she brew the perfect pot?

    Twining English Breakfast Tea
  24. What's with the cat?

    Gail’s cat, Lilliput the Bean, is a female tux who does tricks like kissing on command. She is also trained to use the human toilet, but not to flush. (Never train a cat to flush.) Lilliput makes frequent Instagram appearances. Percy’s cat, Footnote, in the Custard Protocol series is based on Lilliput.