How To make Co writing work!
So there seems to be a lot of amazement over the fact that Stacey and I wrote a book together and are still friends.
So, we thought maybe we would talk about it so that if there is interest out there for other people that they can work around it.
Stacey and I talked about this book for a while before it came into fruition. We talked so much about it, that I could actually see it play in my mind! :)
In March of 2010 Stacey called me and asked me if I really wanted to start this project. I told her that I did. That is when we started to fill in the details, We decided how many original characters there were and the general out line of their personalities
Then we got online and started to find names that we wanted for our world and people.
We also talked in great detail about how these gates were going to come to the earth realm, and who the bad guy would be, so we decided on the details, and then I told Stacey that she had to start it. I hadn't written in years and to be honest the idea really kind of freaked me out.
So she had the first section to me in less then a day! LOL It is one of the things that I have learned to love about Stacey, when she gets excited, I better be prepared to work! ;)
So it took about a week to get the first section back to her, but I finally did.
That was when we set a goal of about a year, and we passed it back and forth.
Sometimes it was hard and frustrating. I won't lie about that, learning how to be honest completely, was a challenge that truly turned into a blessing! There were a couple of times when we both had to pass it back, and say I can't work with this can you find another avenue to take the story.
Every time we passed the story back and forth, it was a surprise, because of the way we decided to write the story, neither of us knew what the other was going to write. Lol, the truth is half the time I didn't know what I was going to write! HAHAHAHA
Sometimes we would be on a brake of writing, if we something going on in our life, and we would talk about the things we would like to bring into the story, like Stacey wanted to have an interaction with Acacia and Lynn, and so we talked about how that would go. I took her character of Raiden, who appeared by surprise later in the book, and made a whole new situation with him, that shocked Stacey, but she liked it, so I got to keep it! HeeHee ( I actually told her I would not delete it, to save my life.)
So that is how we did our book! :) We had Honesty and trust, and if we took offense, then we had to get over it. I think helps that I am so laid back! LOL
The world has changed, we have changed. The world we once knew has fallen away and left us in a wasteland of Magick. Powerful witches and underworld gods control our lives. The past comes back in ways we are not prepared for. The Gatekeepers are our only hope. The question is if we can get to them first.
Trailer for the book: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XR3FpEoDFHMAuthor Bios:
Stevie lives in Wyoming with her family. She loves the wide open space There is nothing better than sitting out on the prairie looking out at the stars, or driving less than an hour to the Mountains and climbing trees, and yes she still climbs trees! :)
Stevie started to write short stories when she was 12. She loves poetry and started to write poems when she was 13. She then stopped writing in her early 20s, due to raising a family and focusing her attention elsewhere. When she was 30 she started to write again.
A couple of years later the Gatekeeper series emerged. She and her co author spent many hours talking about and discussing the world they created. Stacey really encouraged Stevie to write again.
Currently Stevie is working on a historical romance about the old west in a time of amazing change! She is also working on the second book to the Gatekeeper Series.
Stacey is a wife and mother of three. She started writing in High School with horror short stories. One of her first is now published through the kindle - Silver Bullet. When she's not dreaming up her next story or novel, she can be found hanging out with her kids or reading one of her favorite authors. She is also an avid Facebooker and Twitter user. Stop by her website to see what she's working on and any of her backlist work.