We’ve had a lot of people asking us about what it’s like to collaborate & work together, who contributes what, how do you combine two perspectives to make on cohesive story that flows well & makes sense.
We talk. A lot. Out loud. Sometimes at the same time. We laugh a lot. We find that as we bounce around ideas, a new direction comes into view with a plot twist, & a new scene develops. Usually when one of us gets stuck, the other spurs on a new situation & it switches all the time. Then there’s times when we both run dry, we put down the pen, pick up the wineglass & call it a day.
On the whole, we share the vision for the concept of our series of stories. We both individually have a great love & passion for the place, the time, the social aspects, the clothes, the community we’re creating. Work shared is work halved & we’re discovering sometimes when one of us gets an idea of a group of character traits, mannerisms, attitudes, appearance & runs with it, it becomes one of our beloved characters. Another time someone else will see in their mind’s eye an ensemble that begs to be described or a situation that must be explored with our fine Santa Lucians. A town gets built, weather & climate described, plot formed. It gets written out, honed & then incorporated in the story, tossed or set aside for a later date.
All we can say is that we’re happy it works & when it doesn’t, tomorrow’s another day to get it right, Barbara & Jean switching back & forth from one to the other, at it all over again.
aka Andrea & Heather