Cover with E's kind words.
Posted by S.B. Rodgers at 03:31 Monday, 26 August 2013
Posted by S.B. Rodgers at 03:28
We just want to thank our friend E. Van Lowe (Amazon Bestselling author of the Falling Angels Saga) for the blurb he wrote for the cover of Guardian. E you are a kind soul and we are so lucky to have you looking out for us. HUGZ!
For more information about E please check out his blog http://vanlowe.blogspot.ca/
And his website http://evanlowe.com/
Also Boyfriend From Hell, Earth Angel and Heaven Sent are AMAZING! Go! Buy! Read! Enjoy!
-S & B
Posted by S.B. Rodgers at 08:38 Friday, 27 July 2012
Why Having a Writing Partner Kinda Rocks.
What can I say? Writing is hard. Everyone who has ever tried to write that “Next Big Hit” knows this. Words are an imperfect medium; they don’t always flow from your fingertips to perfectly render your story onto the blank pages you’ve set out to conquer.
You can stare at a computer screen blankly for ages, hoping for inspiration to strike. Or, you can do what we did, and team up! Two heads are better than one, they always say. We’re inclined to think that “they”-whoever they are-are absolutely right.
B and I joined forces because we have a lot of the same ideas. If I propose a scenario, she builds on it. We spit ideas back and forth like freestyle rappers slam rhymes, making planning out a story incredibly fluid. Working alone, you don’t really have that. It’s much more difficult to plan out ideas with no outside input--sometimes it feels damn near impossible.
That’s where I think a lot of writers get stuck, hung up on a tangent of their story that doesn’t necessarily even work! Having someone to read over your writing and tell you their honest opinion about what works and doesn’t work really helps boost productivity. Some of our best stories have come out of impromptu ideas jams and straight up back and forth joking. Our writing process marches right along because of that. We give one another immediate feedback, even if we sometimes don’t want it!
One bonus about being siblings is that we can get away with a lot of stuff that normal collaborators can’t with each other. We can flat-out reject one another’s ideas, often suggesting something better or bicker and worry at tangents until they work for both of us. We’ve known each other all of our lives, so we aren’t too worried about offending one another.
I think our being siblings does give us a distinct advantage over other collaborators--we come from the same background, so we share a cultural identity. We watch a lot of the same films, television shows and read a lot of the same books and comics. Though our tastes do vary, we approach ideas from the same place, with a different perspective.
As such, our strengths and weaknesses complement each other. Becky can dissect a story down to its bones in a matter of minutes while I’m better at the technical stuff; editing, fiddly little details and word choice.
Apart, we wouldn’t get very far. Together, we’re a little bit unstoppable. And I’m not going to lie, it’s really great to have someone always there who believes in your story every bit as much as you do. That’s the kind of support most people only dream of having, and we’re lucky enough to have that in each other!
Posted by S.B. Rodgers at 08:37
We get asked this a lot, and to be honest there is no one specific answer. We were raised in a religious household-church every Sunday-and as such, were exposed to the deep seated lore in the Christian bible. The stories we were raised with absolutely influenced our work on Guardian and our choice to explore the relationships between angels and demons. The idea of a universe governed by opposing forces of good and evil brought to light the endless possibilities for stories featuring blood-thirsty demons and all-powerful angels.
We knew that a story involving angels and demons would be an action packed one. We didn’t just want to write the same old good vs. evil story, rehashed with a sprinkle (okay, a bucketful) of teenage angst. No, we set out to create a rich world with an interconnected cast of characters. A new take on the Heaven and Hell we grew up learning about. One with plenty room for fallible angels and heroic demons.
Another reason we chose angels is the power aspect. We liked the idea of angels as warriors, wielding power to demolish the forces of evil. When Gabe first appeared in Becky’s imagination, he was ready for battle covered in his runes of power, wings spread and sword of flames poised to strike.
So when asked why angels we answer because angels are sexy, angels are historic and angels are powerful.
Did we mention angels are sexy?!
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