I’m really excited to be a part of the New Adult Blog Tour that the wonderful Faye from A Daydreamer’s Thoughts has put together. I’m only a recent convert to New Adult, but I’m really looking forward to discovering more of this genre in this new year!
I’m hosting Michelle Lynn and Nevaeh Lee, whose novel Collaboration is released towards the end of the month. I’m super excited to get my own copy to read, it sounds fantastic, plus the two main characters are musicians. What’s not to love?! Also, if you’re taking part in the Scavenger Hunt that’s going on across the entire tour, then your clue is at the end of the post…But no peeking until you’ve read this post first! And if you’re looking for the giveaway…that’s beneath the clue! 😉
Collaboration Author(s) Interview: Michelle Lynn & Nevaeh Lee
“What it’s like to Co-Write”
Thanks so much for inviting us to join you today. Our novel, Collaboration, will be released on January 26th and we can’t wait to share it with you. This is the first book either of us has co-written, and the first book ever for Nevaeh. Michelle is the author of Love Me Back, Don’t Let Go, and Let Me In, all published in 2013.
Whenever someone finds out that we’re co-writing, they’re always curious about the process and how well it’s worked out for us. We’re happy to share our experience, although it’s doubtful that any co-writing teams do it the exact same way. Since Collaboration is written in alternating points-of-view, we decided the best way to tell you about our co-writing experience is to continue in that same fashion…..
Q: What made you decide to try co-writing?
Nevaeh: For me, it was the desire to see a story through to the end, something I have yet to accomplish by myself. Plus, I was very familiar with Michelle’s writing and already knowing her, I felt sure we could co-write successfully.
Michelle: It intrigued me to join two styles of writing. Nevaeh had shared with me one of the stories she had started, so I knew she had a talent. When the idea was brought up, it was something I didn’t want to pass up.
Q: What was your favorite part about co-writing?
Nevaeh: I think any author will tell you that as much as they love it, writing is kind of a lonely venture. When you co-write, you have someone else to bounce ideas off of, to encourage you when you doubt your abilities, and to push you when you need it. Not to mention, someone to share the expenses of self-publishing with…LOL
Michelle: I agree with Nevaeh, since we went into it with a loose outline, it was nice to go back and forth with each other on where to take the story. I loved seeing how the storyline unraveled or changed course than we originally had in mind.
Q: What was the biggest challenge in co-writing?
Nevaeh: Probably keeping the story straight. Because we each knew our part better than the other and wrote over several months time, it was easy to forget things that were introduced that needed to be followed up. And if we missed anything, hopefully our editor will catch it 😉
Michelle: When you disagree on where to go with the storyline. Even when I write by myself, it can be hard to take note from someone that maybe you did or are veering in the wrong direction. There were a couple times where Nevaeh and I didn’t see eye to eye on a specific scene. But the difference when you co-write, is you have to agree on all of it. It’s a collection of both your work.
Q: How do you handle it when you disagree on scene?
Nevaeh: If I feel strongly about it, I use my very best persuasive skills to try and get my way ;). But sometimes I’m not even sure which way I want it to go, which is when it’s really tough. And other times, I think I want it one way until I hear Michelle’s idea, and then I drop whatever I had in mind.
Michelle: We plead our cases to one another, hoping the other sees it our way, LOL. The nice part of it is, we’ve compromised and added both our ideas in as much as possible. If we really can’t agree on something, we decide to let our betas give their opinions.
Q: Who has which character? How was it decided?
Nevaeh: I’m “Trace,” which has definitely been the greatest writing challenge I probably could have attempted, especially for a first book. How did we decide? I think I just offered and I’m glad I did…it really was fun to get into his head and hang out with his “crew.”
Michelle: I’m Taryn, the female. I thank Nevaeh everyday for taking Trace because I could never had done what she’s done with him. She fully got into his character and did an AMAZING job.
Q: So you toss the story back and forth, each writing a character. Who takes the longest to write their part?
Nevaeh: Haha…definitely me! Sorry, Michelle
Michelle: I don’t know, I had a few times that I took longer too . Luckily, we both understand our commitments to other things can overtake our time occasionally. Also, due to the back and forth, you might not be in the characters head as soon as the other tosses it back to you. It might take a few days to get there.
Q: Is this something you think you’ll do again?
Nevaeh: Definitely. Michelle and I began talking about making Collaboration a series before we were even half through with the story. We feel like there are a couple of other characters whose stories are begging to be told 😉
Michelle: Yes, we are already planning a few other stories.
About the Authors
Michelle moved around the Midwest most of her life, transferring from school to school before settling down in the outskirts of Chicago ten years ago, where she now resides with her husband and two kids. She developed a love of reading at a young age, which helped lay the foundation for her passion to write. With the encouragement of her family, she finally sat down and wrote one of the many stories that have been floating around in her head. When she isn’t reading or writing, she can be found playing with her kids, talking to her mom on the phone, or hanging out with her family and friends. But after chasing around twin preschoolers all day, she always cherishes her relaxation time after putting the kids to bed.
Nevaeh’s first exposure to writing began in a middle school creative writing class. She was reprimanded for composing a politically incorrect story and forced to re-write about a “safer” topic. Being the writing rebel that she is, Nevaeh always likes to push the envelope a bit and never re-writes, unless her editor insists on it.
When she’s not writing, Nevaeh is a freelance book editor ;). And when she’s not reading, writing, or editing, she can be found spending time with her family and taking road trips, exploring the area around wherever she happens to be living at the time. Even though “home” will always be Texas, she has lived in several different states and countries, while currently residing in the DC metro area.
She also adores her really big dog who frequently takes her for walks while enduring her many story ideas and rambling dialogue, which sometimes occurs in multiple languages. After many years of this, she finally decided to start writing out some of these stories and her first book, Collaboration, will be self-published on January 26, 2014.
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