Around this time last year our editors approached us and asked if we would be interested in writing a duet- two linked stories with an overarching theme. Having been critique partners, conference roommates and good friends for years we jumped at the chance! So after a few long-distance phone calls and some in-conference brainstorming an idea or two were born, run by the editors, tweaked and then...we were off! It was so exciting to see our ideas shape and take form.
The overarching theme of the duet is about twin brothers who have a grudge- they work in the same hospital but barely speak to each other and compete for everything- including women. The first book, The Gift of A Child, belongs to Sue and charts Mitchell's story introducing ties that start to bind the brothers again. The second, How To Resist A Heartbreaker, is my book and - I hope- gives the brothers the satisfactory and fitting end the deserve.
The adage two heads are better than one was so fitting here- it was lovely to be able to bounce ideas off someone who 'gets' you. To write for the same company and the same line is brilliant, but to write two halves of the same story was special. After years of supporting each other it's such a thrill to see our names on the same cover!
Writing a book as part of a series was a new experience for me- I usually beaver away on my own, living in my thoughts and with the voices in my head. This time I had to rethink that process and wonder how my story fitted with Sue's, whether the boys would behave in a certain way, what their collective experiences were etc. It was a challenging exercise, but so rewarding.
What about you- are you more a 'go it alone' kind of person, or do you like to collaborate when it comes to work/tasks etc?