Co-writing

With: Kerry Adrienne

When two authors decide to cowrite, it’s a big decision. With two creative brains working on the same story, it can turn out to be a fabulous decision or one they live to

regret. Thankfully, my co-writing projects have been amazing. Of course, I have an awesome partner in crime, Lia Davis.

 

Lia and I met at a writing retreat several years ago, and we hit it off pretty quickly. We decided to be critique partners and we took turns reading each other’s stuff and became good friends. After we’d gone on several retreats together, we decided we’d try writing a book together. After all, we talked pretty much daily, and we had similar interests in genre, so it made sense that we might really have fun working on a book together.

 

The first book we wrote together was a m/m holiday novella. We decided that we’d alternate writing chapters—each of us taking one character’s POV. We hoped that by doing that, any difference in our styles of writing would be more of a character trait.

 

That first novella was so much fun, we decided to write more together and now we have several books under our belts. Our process is pretty much the same as what we first tested. Here’s how we work:

  • We brainstorm an idea. Preferably, we are together in person—either at a conference or retreat. We take notes and work on characters and plot together.
  • We write up an outline. The outline is chapter by chapter and covers the main plot points. We try to stick to it when writing, but often go rogue—when that happens, we adapt our outline. We use both Dropbox and OneNote to keep track of shared documents and notes.
  • If we are writing a series, we start a series bible and keep track of things in that—both of us adding to it as needed. This helps tremendously when we need to remember which character has green eyes, and which character lost a sister in the past, for example.
  • We write! Usually, one of us drafts the first chapter then sends it to the other. Then the second person reads the chapter and adds to it and fills it out, then writes the next chapter. Then, we repeat the process.

Example: Lia writes Chapter One and sends to Kerry. Kerry edits and fills in Chapter One and writes Chapter Two. She sends it to Lia, who edits and fills in Chapter Two, then writes Chapter Three. And so on.

  • Occasionally, if one of us is writing and gets on a roll, we’ll write more than one chapter. Or if one person is especially busy, the other might write a few chapters. It’s a give and take.
  • Usually, I will go back through and do a full read-through then Lia will do a read through or listen to the book be read aloud by the computer to catch things.
  • At that point, the book goes to an editor and we do the edits.

One of the major hurdles with co-writing is making sure the authors are compatible and can work together well. Lia and I haven’t had any issues agreeing on plot points or details—in fact, both of us usually says “whatever you want” to the other, haha. I think we make a great team. Writing can be such a solitary endeavor—it’s wonderful to mix it up and work closely with a friend.

 

Ghost in a Bottle

by Kerry Adrienne and Lia Davis

Shops and restaurants at River Street in downtown Savannah in Georgia USA

 

In this haunting read USA Today Bestselling authors Kerry Adrienne and Lia Davis weave a magical tale of gothic romance. To celebrate the one-year

anniversary of this hauntingly good read, GHOST IN A BOTTLE is only $.99 the entire month of October! 

 

Title: Ghost in a Bottle

Author: Kerry Adrienne and Lia Davis

Genre: Gothic/Paranormal Romance

Release Date: October 31, 2017

Publisher: After Glows Publishing

Print Length: 134 pages

Format: Digital

 

Synopsis:

 

Some family secrets are best left buried. 

 

Ophelia Hunt travels to her family’s ancestral home in Savannah, Georgia, to help her beloved grandmother get her affairs in order. To destress, she spends the day shopping, ending up at an antique store near the river. A hand-blown glass jar, shoved behind other trinkets and baubles, catches her eye. Unable to shake the strong feeling she’s meant to have the old jar, she buys it and sets it on her grandmother’s mantel. 

As All Hallow’s Eve approaches, strange things begin to happen. Objects move on their own, doors open and slam closed, and a man’s whispers call out in the darkness. Are Gram’s old stories of family curses and ghosts real, or is Ophelia cracking under the stress of dealing with her grandmother’s finances and last wishes? 

Anatoli La Croix has spent the last century cursed to exist in spirit form, locked inside a glass jar. When the beautiful and magickal Ophelia purchases the jar, he discovers he’s able to escape his confinement for short periods. For the first time in a century, he has hope. Could the beautiful witch be the one to break his curse? Or will she provoke the evil spirit that imprisoned him and bring dark magick’s wrath down on them both?

 

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About Kerry Adrienne:

Repped by Marisa Corvisiero, USA Today Bestselling author Kerry Adrienne writes in many genres including science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, m/m, erotic romance, and more. In her spare time, she homeschools, is a part-time college instructor, editor, and dabbler in most things creative. You can usually find her posting cat pictures on Facebook and Twitter when she’s not working.

 

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