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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!

Why Angels?


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?!

S.B. Rodgers
Tuesday, 17 July 2012

This was an interview we did for http://behindamillionandonepages.blogspot.ca/

Enjoy!

Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:


1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
Nowhere! Guardian is our debut novel. However, Sara does host a popu-lish tumblr site which features her art; the Land of Fluff and Needles.


2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?“Oh my God, we sold a book! Please, oh please don’t let them feel cheated out of their 2.99!” (Drops to knees and wails to the heavens…in unison…because there’s two of us!)


3. What inspired you to write this novel?Well one day at the cottage we were joking about dramatic young adult romance. We started pitching ideas back and forth about what kind of story we would write if we were authors and the idea just kind of snowballed from there. Characters just kind of walked up, introduced themselves and settled in for the long hall. Once we realised they weren’t going to go away anytime soon we decided that guardian was an audience-worthy story.


4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?We haven’t really had anything like that happen yet. I hope we would be able to handle such a situation with grace. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Failing grace, there is always chocolate!


5. How long was the writing/planning process?We started writing Guardian before Sara went away to university. We thought we’d be able to keep working on it while she was also attending school but her schedule simply wouldn’t allow it. Three years later when she graduated we picked up where we left off and Guardian was completed after only four months of work. We then spent several month editing and collecting critiques from beta readers


6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?Sara created the Cover art for Guardian. But the first time I saw the Guardian cover is a moment I will never forget.



7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?Absolutely. Right now Sara is working on a YA superhero story entitled Legacy (cover art can be viewed on our blog sbrodgers.blogspot.com) and Becky is working on a YA Sci-Fi that will be finished by the end of April. We are also in the process of querying our young adult novel, The Adventures of Shiver-Me-Shingles and the Search for the Diamond Doubloon.


8. Top 5 books
 
    • Harry Potter everything! –J.K. Rowling
    • Neverwhere –Neil Gaiman
    • A Song of Ice and Fire –George R.R. Martin
    • The Fire Bringer & The Sight -David Clement-Davies
    • The Chronicles of Narnia –C.S. Lewis


9. Recommended booksThe Luxe series, Bone, Scott Pilgrim, The Hunger Games, Homestuck, American Vampire (for the more mature crowd), and anything by Sean Cullen, etc., etc., ETC.!!!


10. Why read your novel?If you like books were you will be laughing your head off on one page, cringing with anxiety on the next and swooning after a sexy supernatural man on the one after that, then Guardian is for you!
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