Sunday, July 19, 2009

Writing Partnerships

I recently joined up with two very good friends of mine to co-author a series for Ellora's Cave and Cerridwen Press called The Tarot Cafe. Randi Monroe and I write for EC, Micqui Miller and I write for CP.

Turning Point, the first book of The Tarot Cafe series written by Randi and me, released on June 26th. It took us almost a year to write that book. We had delays due to family, personal crises, other writing obligations, you name it. If there could be a problem to stop our writing, we experienced it. But finally, we typed The End and were so excited to have finished our first project together.

Micqui and I are plotting out our first book we want to submit to CP. Micqui writes romantic suspense instead of erotic romance, so her books contain lots of characters and plot and suspense. She has one book out now with CP, Morning Star, a very powerful book about a mother's love for her children.

Randi and I are currently working on our next two books we plan to pitch to our EC editor. She's finishing up the edits on one while I work on the first draft of the second one. Turning Point is Randi's first published book, but I'm sure it won't be her last. She's very talented.

I never thought about working with a writing partner, much less two! But I'm having so much fun with them. We work well together and it's great to bounce ideas off another writer instead of having to work out everything by myself.

The Tarot Cafe and its owners, Synda and Leandra, were introduced in my book, Premonition, from Ellora's Cave. You can read the first chapter and a
sexy love scene on my website, And check out our special website,, for info on our books and yummy recipes.

Randi, Micqui and I have lots of ideas for future books. We hope our readers will enjoy the adventures at The Tarot Cafe.



Anny Cook said...

I suspect I would have a very difficult time collaborating with other authors. I have a freeform writing style that would no doubt drive a partner insane. But I admire authors who can writer together without killing each other.

Lyla Sinclair said...

I've wondered several times if there is someone out there for me to collaborate with. I'm very strong in creating characters and dialog, but my books are not very plot driven. I keep coming up with ideas for more plot heavy books, but need someone else to help flesh them out. How did you identify someone you could create with? That's the part that stumps me.

Micqui Miller said...

I can't speak for Randi, but Lynn and I have known each other a very long. We started as critique partners in the late Eighties and have been best buds ever since. It takes a lot of trust to partner in writing. The most important thing is to check egos at the door. Kind of like a marriage--both partners give the best they can. The result, a very beautiful baby!

Micqui Miller

N.J.Walters said...

I think it's an amazing thing to work with other authors. I admire anyone that can do it. I always wanted to try it and am currently working on a series with three other EC authors. So far, it's been an incredible experience.

Shelley Munro said...

Congrats on your recent release. :)I'm another one who has wondered about writing with someone else, but like Anny, I'm not sure about my style meshing with that of another writer's.