Sydney was born from Hurricane Katrina. You see, Larissa was living in Mississippi during that fateful time and she was forced to evacuate. I was so worried about her that I couldn’t concentrate on anything and I was supposed to be writing a follow-up to a novella my agent was shopping to publishers. I wrote a scene about a man who was a draw to the weather and was driving into a hurricane, but I couldn’t get past that. And months passed and Larissa mentioned, as she did every few months, that we should try writing together. And so I sent her the scene.
What am I supposed to do with this? she asked.
Write the heroine, I tell her.
Who is she?
Me: No idea. Remy just found her naked in the shower. Your turn.
Larissa: You do realize that you’re asking a traumatized hurricane victim to write a book that centers around hurricanes, right?
Me: (after a long pause) It’ll be cathartic.
It was. It was also loads of fun. That first scene turned into Riding The Storm, book 1 in our first trilogy and we’re still writing together. And having a blast.
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