Saturday, October 25, 2008

The Challenges of Co-Writing

You guys know I'm a loner. What else could I be cranking out the word counts I do every day?

Don't answer that. I know I don't have a life.

At any rate, for the past couple of weeks I've been working on a project with a Canadian writer--Rob Graham, another Aspen Mountain Press author who writes really really outstanding erotica.

Really really outstanding erotica.

But I digress. We came up with the idea to co-author a book. I'll admit that at first I was skeptical. I mean--come on! Who in their right mind wants to spend part of their day in my imagination, right? Well, the gods love him, apparently Rob didn't have much of a problem with that. It took us about half an hour to decide that we would co-write a Georgian vampire story. he would write from the hero's POV and I would write from the heroine's.

And the story took off. Ever have one of those stories that just WOULD NOT SHUT UP? We've got one. The characters are complex and interesting, the historical atmosphere of the setting is addictive, and for some reason this thing has taken on a life of its own. I'd venture to guess we're already about halfway through the first draft--and it WILL be a novel--in fourteen days. I'll keep you guys posted on how it's going.

If you guys want to drop a line to Rob and comisserate with him on the horrible punishment he's currently enduring because he's working with me, you can find him on his blog at .

The poor dear. Rob has several books available through AMP and Phaze--I just got done reading his Gillian's Place and its wonderful. You should go check it out.

By the way, the countdown clock for Temptation will be going up this weekend. *grin* We're getting close to time for a new Asphodel book release.


Mary B said...

Squee for Georgian! What year or part of the era?

mscelina said...

1788--right before the first debate on the Regency and the outbreak of the French revolution. There's lots of great history to play with that year.

Romantic Heretic said...

Thank you, Celina. *kiss*

I'm really enjoying working with you. It's a real blast. This piece is the most fun I've had in a long time.

And thanks for the nice words for Gillian's Place. I'm proud of the stories in that one. I wanted to write some romances that dealt with real challenges rather than the faux situations that occur too often in the field.

Now, must get back to work. I want to have my share done by the next brainstorming session.

Talk to you soon. :)

Mary B said...

What a juicy time period! So much intrigue and infighting. Fun! Good luck!