Linda: Every now and then, a project comes along and it’s like a gift. The characters speak to you, the words flow. This was one of those projects, for me. I can still hear the characters’ voices in my head, clear as day. And working with Lori was a huge plus!
Lori: That’s for sure. I’ve never been involved in a project with another author who was easier to work with. It helped that we were already friends (and we still are!). It was also a plus that we have the same working style. Pantsers all the way.
Linda: Hey, Lori! What side of town is the river on?
Linda: Nope, that’s wrong. Riding into town from the north, the river is on the right/West side of town. Yep, we saw the town in a mirror image, and didn’t discover it until about midway through writing the series. We ended up taking out some specifics that made it OH so clear that we weren’t seeing the same thing.
Lori: But all in all, that was minor. Everything else we saw as one. Everyone else we heard as one. I’ve never written books where I could hear the characters speaking so clearly. But the really weird thing was that I could hear HER characters.
Linda: The strangest thing about this series, for me, is that Lori’s characters — especially the heroes — were as crystal clear to me as my own. And they were from the beginning. We could have dialogue with NO tags, and I could tell you who was speaking.
Lori: We should try that as a parlor game. I felt the same way. I’ve had readers ask me if I wrote all the books because they couldn’t believe that two different authors could write such consistent characters across six books. But, no, Linda wrote hers; I wrote mine. We did read each others’ books and offer suggestions, though I don’t really remember suggesting much if anything.
Linda: Whenever you’re writing a series with someone else, time and other existing contracts are always issues. I actually wrote Sullivan, book 2, and sent the rough draft to Lori before she wrote Reese, book 1. We continued that way throughout, with me writing the last book before she wrote Nate. I always saw her rough draft before I finished my books, so I could add in details I didn’t know when I wrote that first draft.
Lori: This worked out for the best since I knew where I was headed before I started the book. I’d already been there while reading Linda’s book. A happy accident that turned into the best way of doing things. If we ever write more Rock Creek books, I’d want to do them exactly the same way.
Linda: I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to finally have all six books available for purchase again! Love these guys, all six of them. 🙂
Lori: Me too. They’re like family. 🙂
We miss westerns. Do you? Are there any other kinds of romance novels you can’t get enough of? Or that there don’t seem to be enough of? Like Pirates! We miss Pirates.
We’re giving away one copy of each of these newly released e-books. Leave a comment to get your name in the ten gallon hat.
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You can find more about Linda Devlin at: www.lindawinsteadjones.com
And Lori Handeland at: www.lorihandeland.com