Holly asked for details on how Lori and I wrote together. As I mentioned in an earlier post, we decided beforehand who would write which story, depending on which “house” we chose. After polishing our individual stories, Lori would send me her story, and I’d cut and splice it into mine. Once it was in one piece, we’d actually meet–I went to her house a couple of times, and she came to mine a couple of times–and then we’d go through the entire book from start to finish, and then we’d take time to talk about the next book. We had a lot of fun during those days together.
In fact–aside here–I was at Lori’s house, preparing to catch my flight home, on 9-11-2001. I woke her and her husband up by screaming that we were under attack . . . and then it took me three days to ultimately get home. By bus. A surreal experience.
Susan asked: Did you have much trouble keeping the voice consistent throughout any given book? Do you think it would be more difficult with a different partner?”
A good writer, I think, is like a chameleon–you learn to “blend in” with the character. My “voice” in any given book is really the voice of the character. Though as a reader you may think that I have a certain voice, I don’t see it that way. I tend to adapt the vocabulary and tone of the character.
In Heavenly Daze, all of our characters were crusty, country, down-to-earth islanders, so they all tend to have similar voices. Lori has always written humorous, quirky, country characters, so that is a natural voice for her. I didn’t have any trouble adapting to it.
With a different partner, it would have been a different book. 🙂
I hope that answered all of your questions about this series! Lori and I are still hoping that the Borders edition will sell so well that it’ll be feasible to continue the series. We’ll see!