So happy to welcome you here, ladies! I am always fascinated how writing collaborations work - I cannot imagine working with anyone else on a project when half the time I wonder what I'm doing myself, lol! Looking forward to learning more about you and your writing. Let's get started...
Carley: Hands down, John Jakes. I am fascinated by his ability to weave strong characters through historical events.
My dirty little secret is that it is often challenging for me, as well as my co-author Lynette Willows, to keep romance in the fore-front with history as a backdrop. In my case, I'm sure my love of Jakes is one of the culprits.
Carley: No Gentleman Is He is our launch book. The moment it was accepted by Tirgearr Publishing, I knew I was a writer!
Lynette: I knew I was a writer years ago. However, as an acknowledged writer? Probably when my first freelance piece was accepted for publication. As an author, when we were accepted by our publisher for “No Gentleman Is He”.
Carley: I could go into a lengthy description of my office where my husband and I spent numerous hours painting, building shelves, purchasing reference books, hooked up a to-die-for PC with a 24 inch screen or tell you the truth. I never use that room. Instead I curl up on the sofa with my laptop. The creativity is in my head, not the space I occupy.
Lynette: On my couch with my dogs curled up beside me, one on each side. Like Carley, I have an office which is filled with unfolded laundry.
Carley: Charlene Raddon's Forever Mine.
Lynette: Pierre Burton’s “The Depression”.
Carley: As I mentioned, No Gentleman Is He is our launch book in the Sons of Liberty series. We are in the throes of penning the second in the series, as yet unnamed. I'm also working on a solo project set in Bedford, Pennsylvania during the Whiskey Rebellion.
Lynette: Book 2 of the Sons of Liberty series which take precedence. Also completed and editing a Christmas western romance story set in Canada at the outbreak of WW1, a drama lit, a thriller and a mystery involving the dog sled racing circuit.
Carley: I am a character writer, and I believe my co-author is a plotter. Maybe it's why we mesh.
Lynette: Yes, I’m a plotter.
Carley: As in a total blank? No. But I have felt I was going in the wrong direction, banged my head on the keyboard a few times before getting an idea that clicks with me.
Lynette: Again, like Carley, not really. I will feel like something isn’t working, go for a long walk or do something else, and invariably the problem will work itself out.
Carley: Any time spent with my husband. We travel about on the weekends, sight-seeing, listening to music, taking in the scenery and just generally enjoying the freedom of being empty-nesters. I have three grown children, all married with families of their own. Some of my favorite time is spent with them. Visiting any city. The bigger and busier the better. I love crowds, meeting new people and mulling about. I am not much of a gardener. Never met a plant I couldn't kill.
Lynette: Camping, fishing, gardening, reading, I sometimes foster dogs, and enjoy playing chess with my husband.
Carley: No Gentleman Is He is set in 1775 Richmond Virginia, primarily on Varina Farms Plantation where the newly widowed Cassandra Brooks works as a steward for the dark and dark and dangerous owner, Colton Rolfe. As Colton becomes reluctantly drawn into the Sons of Liberty activities, he's convinced Cassandra is a plant. As the story unfolds, the beginning of the war finds the two in the thick of the first battle of the revolution, neither knowing if they can trust each other or their inescapable passion.
Carley: Lynette and I are working on the 2nd book in the Sons of Liberty series. As yet unnamed, it will focus on a charming womanizer introduced in the first book, who falls head-over-revolutionary-heels for an unlikely lady.
Lynette: Let’s just say that this particular gentleman had a penchant for practical jokes in “No Gentleman Is He”, but in Book 2, he finds the joke is on him.