So one day, back in mid-February, I was having a bad day. Not a bad writing day, just bad, life is driving me crazy, day. And Larissa and I had just been batting around the idea of writing something together – and yes, I concede that it was her idea to write together – and when I say, batting around the idea, it was really more like this:
Me: Did you write our book yet?
Larissa: No â€“ you were going to write it. I was going to supervise.
Imagine several emails a day, all with a variation of the above lines. But on that Friday â€“ I was ready. I opened up the first half of a chapter that I loved, but I couldnâ€™t move forward because the heroine refused to speak to me. So I sent the chapter to Larissa and said, your turn.
She asked what the heroine was supposed to be doing, and I said, whatever you want. Sheâ€™s all yours. < -----no plotting, no fear. And we had a blast. Wrote a novella in under 10 days, and during those ten days, both Larissa and I both sold our first books. And still, we kept writing this story. I mentioned it to Roberta â€“ she said sheâ€™d look at it, that weâ€™d need a synopsis for a 3-in-1 novella anthology. We did that. I sent to Roberta, who sent it out to some publishing houses, and Larissa deserted me for Germany. She left me a number in case I had to call her about anything. And holy crap â€“ I HAD TO CALL HER!! In Germany. Because itâ€™s not every day you get to call your friend on vacation in Germany to tell her that we needed to consider an offer from Bantam Dell for a 3 book deal. We donâ€™t have any other details yet, other than our new editor loves the stories so much she wants them to all be single titles. *ggg* And seriously? Donâ€™t listen to anything Larissa tells you. Itâ€™s all lies. Except for the non-plotting part. I canâ€™t wait to send her out-of-order scenes. Heh. Oh wait - I already did that, didn't I? See - and it all worked out! Steph T.