I should really take it to heart. When my historical romance Backwards to Oregon was first published and readers kept asking me for a sequel, I always insisted that I’d never write one. Now there’s not only a novel-length sequel, but also several short stories that continue to give us glimpes into the Hamiltons’ lives.
I also always said that I’d never write a book with another writer. I admired writers who could co-author a book, but I never thought it was for me.
Well, you can probably guess what happened… I co-authored a book with another writer. So I hereby proudly present my very first co-written novel, Good Enough to Eat, which has just become available as an e-book.
Good Enough to Eat is a paranormal romance about Robin, a vampirelike creature, who sets a New Year’s resolution not to drink blood fresh from its human source anymore. Others of her kind think she’s crazy, so she’s looking for support in a human AA meeting, where she meets Alana–who turns out to be the ultimate temptation. Alana is also keeping her own secrets… which I don’t want to give away here. You’ll have to read the novel to find out :-)
Here’s how the co-authoring worked in this book: My co-author, Alison Grey, who also publishes with Ylva, and I sat down together and decided on some parameters, e.g., what kind of traits we wanted our vampires to have, as well as the major turning points of the plot. Then I wrote the scenes from Robin’s point of view, while Alison handled the scenes that were written in Alana’s POV.
In the beginning, I admit that I was a bit skeptical that co-authoring a book would work for me. I’m a tiny bit territorial about my writing and my characters, so I wasn’t too sure about letting another writer play in my fictional sandbox. But, as it turned out, I needn’t have worried. No blood was shed in the making of this novel. Well, there is some bloodshed *in* the novel, but that’s different.
It was fun getting a new scene that Alison had just written. I was often amazed at an unexpected twist she’d given the scene, which then sparked interesting ideas for my own scenes. I think it turned out a different, more interesting book than if I’d written it by myself. So once Alison and I find some time in between our own projects, we’ll definitely write a sequel.
See? I learned to never say never!
For now, Good Enough to Eat is available as a DRM-free e-book via Amazon, but it’ll soon also be available at many other online bookstores in different formats and also as a paperback.