Thus, the Broken Girls series was born. Phoebe first, with Vonnie’s story due out in September.
But I thought maybe you’d like an idea of how our writing process works, especially since I’m in Phoenix and she’s in Denver. It’s not like I can just run over to her place for coffee (or get together for a glass of wine on my patio) to discuss a stumbling point or the latest scene. Yet somehow we manage to stay connected despite both miles and time zones.
The truth of it is, we rely on technology a lot. As in, a lot, a lot. From Google Drive to texts, emails and phone calls (that we always swear are gonna be short and sweet but inevitably run an hour or even longer), I won’t say it’s a daily thing—but pretty darn close.
And of course, because we’ve become friends, we don’t limit our communiqués just to discuss whatever story we’re working on. Nuh-uh, our conversations tend to cover a myriad of subjects, ideas and topics (as happens with everyone in talking with a trusted friend). But the best part for me, is having D.P. as my sounding board. Of receiving her encouragement when I’ve hit a wall (also known as writing myself into a corner) and her suggestions to overcome it.
Because like me, she ‘sees’ these characters as real. In fact, if you overheard us talking you’d swear we were gossiping about mutual friends instead of people on a page!
Her thoughts have become invaluable and I freely ask for her opinion even over the little stuff. And I know I do the same for her, oftentimes just needing to remind her of how that specific character would react based on the personality we’ve created.
I guess what I’m trying to get to is this…each book might technically written by just one of us, so it may have a different ‘voice’ or writing style than the one before. But the truth of it is, each Broken Girl story is a combined effort—each of us adding bits to the whole.
And two heads are always better than one, right?
Until next time…
Smiling and waving your way,