I get a lot of questions about one specific thing: Writing with a partner, Since Larissa was awesome enough to have me over here to talk about anything my black little heart desired, I figured I would post to you guys about the agony and the ecstasy that is writing with a partner.
See I have a special kind of hell when writing with a partner, since my partner is my sister. Don’t get me wrong, I love her, and we work so well together. We finish each other’s sentences, and we are always on the same page with characters and plot ideas. It’s much like having an extension of each other to feed off of. That’s the part that makes this a workable situation.
The part that makes the partnership hell on earth is the fact that she lives in Scotland, and I live in NY. 3k miles across an ocean, and I’m running a career for both people in this partnership al on my own. Because of the time difference, Audra is 5 hour ahead, and to get the two of us on at the same time to get writing done is about as much as we can muster these days.
See Audra got married last year, and is 7 months pregnant right now. She’s doing a lot of renovations on the flat, and trying to get ready for the baby, which we know is a boy. So, because of this, writing gets to the point of few and far between.
Before the little ninja was conceived, we would spend 5-8 hours a day online writing. Audra and I, between us, can write a 92k book in 20 days when we are on a roll, but because she doesn’t have a lot of time to do anything these days (and is always tired) we do spotty work over email. We used to do everything over IM together, but because of everything going on for her over the pond, She’s not available like she used to be.
Don’t get me wrong, once the little one is born, I’m thinking we are going to have a bit more time to write, as they do sleep a good portion of the time and her MiL is trying to be Rumplestilkskin and take the baby at every turn. Fine by me… I mean we have work to write LOL.
But on the real side of it, I wouldn’t be anywhere without her. She’s the ying to my yang you know? We connect on a level sisters shouldn’t, but it works for us. The only thing I wish I didn’t have to always do alone is the conventions and appearances. On the off chance she can make it to the states (she does show for she Authors After Dark convention) its always a wild time, though this past time she was here, she was preggers, and didn’t get wild… next year, all bets are off, provided my Brother in law doesn’t knock her up again LOL.
So when you read one of our stories, remember that its two people, in two different countries with the same brain. Its not the easiest of partnerships, but it does work for us. I’m just hoping it will for years to come. I love spending time with my sister, and this really is the only way I can do it.