Read about Sarah Marsh, Elena Kincaid and Maia Dylan’s collaborative writing projects, and how it works out for them.
Sarah Marsh was born in British Columbia where she still lives, she has only recently began her writing career finding it the perfect outlet for taking the edge off a nine to five office job. She’s been a science fiction and romance junkie for years and when her imagination started to take the characters she’d read about even further in their adventures she decided to try writing something of her own.
Sarah’s also a former pastry chef and spends a lot of time cooking and baking for friends and family as well as painting and knitting. Her biggest weaknesses are animals of any kind…she even loves the ones that wake you up at four in the morning because they can almost see the bottom of their food dish.
When it comes to life in general she’s a big believer that laughter is the best medicine and that there’s no such thing as too much love, which is why she’s such a sucker for a happy ending.
1. Please can you tell us about the book you’re working on with another author?A: I have a collaboration series with Maia Dylan and Elena Kincaid called Beyond The Veil. It’s a paranormal MFM ménage romance series and we are currently working on book 5 of the series.
2. What made you want to write a book with someone else?A: Maia, Elena and I have a street team together and we had started this first book as part of a contest for our group members. We had intended for it just to be a short free read…lol but the characters and the world quickly got away from us and turned into much more.
3. In what way is the writing process easier when writing with another author?A: For me personally, it reminds me of reading ‘Choose your own adventure’ books when I was younger. I read the previous chapters from one of my co-authors, then I get to see where the characters want to go next! It’s a great creative exercise.
4. In what way is the writing process harder when writing with another author?A: Sometimes it can be tough to see the path clearly, as we always chat and have a general idea of where each book will go, we don’t use a strict outline.
5. Do you both have an outline of the whole story first, or do you just go with it and surprise one another?A: We do like to surprise each other. We don’t usually have an outline, but we talk every day, so we chat a lot as we work on our chapters.
6. How does the process work with writing the story? I.E Do you each write a chapter until you get to the end? Do you have one character each? Do you write the scenes and the other author adds to it? A: The series is all MFM ménage, so we each take one character per book and then alternate by chapter. We switch up who gets to be the heroine for each one as well. 😉
7. What happens if you don’t agree on a scene / character your co-author has written?A: That’s never really happened, we seem to have a very coheasive style of writing. But on little things, if we have different perspectives, we discuss and find a compromise that makes us all happy.
8. Do you find you can write a book more quickly when sharing the task, or does it take longer due to planning / amending / checking with the other author first?A: Oh yes! With three people writing, these books come together so quickly, it’s shocking sometimes.
9. What do’s and don’t would you give to other authors that may wish to write with another author at some point? A: I think the most important part is to make sure you gel really well with anyone you choose to work with. At the end of the day, the readers shouldn’t be able to tell who writes which chapters, the style should be fully blended. Also, it helps to choose a person or people who you enjoy spending time with, I’ve never had more fun than working on this project with Maia and Elena, and I hope that reflects in our books.
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Elena Kincaid is an award-winning and Amazon best-selling author. She writes Paranormal and Contemporary Romances with alpha males who stop at nothing to protect their women, heroines who are anything but damsels in distress, and stories where the only love worth fighting for is the forever kind of love.
Her desk is constantly cluttered with journals, sticky notes, and torn-out pieces of paper full of ideas. When not working, Elena loves to spend time with her family, travel the globe, curl up with a good book, and catch up on her soaps.
1. Please can you tell us about the book you’re working on with another author?I’m working on book 5 in the Beyond The Veil series, Fighting Faete, with the lovlies Sarah marsh and Maia Dylan. And just released, Catching Faete, book 4 which revisits the characters from the first book and is a shorter story, part of the Romance on the Go Line from Evernight publishing. Readers will get to learn a bit more about the Dark Fae and will get some closure on a sacrifice our trio had to make in book 1.
2. What made you want to write a book with someone else? The Beyond The Veil series started out as a fun exercise in our street team, Sinfully More Erotic, aka, SME, that Sarah Marsh, Maia Dylan, and myself started together. We wanted to do something fun in the group, so we asked our members to come up with a genre and location and we began to write. Pretty soon, we realized we had something very cool on our hands, characters that we fell in love with, and before long, it turned into series with at least 6 books planned … so far. 😉
3. In what way is the writing process easier when writing with another author?Being able to bounce ideas off one another and building the story together makes it easier for sure. Also, having three sets of eyes in the editing process.
4. In what way is the writing process harder when writing with another author? I don’t really find it harder to write with someone vs. working on a solo project. Different, but not harder.
5. Do you both have an outline of the whole story first, or do you just go with it and surprise one another? So basically, I am the plotter and Maia and Sarah are total pansters, but as the series progresses we know where we want it to go and as well as in each book, we have an idea and then the story unfolds along the way. So it’s kind of a plotter/panster scenario, and it’s great being able to feed off the previous chapter. Sometimes it can be a total surprise, but that usually inspires my next scene.
6. How does the process work with writing the story? I.E Do you each write a chapter until you get to the end? Do you have one character each? Do you write the scenes and the other author adds to it? The way that we approach this series is that each of us, from beginning of each book, choose a character who’s point of view we will write from. We take turns, chapter by chapter, building off of the previous chapter. 6. What happens if you don’t agree on a scene / character your co-author has written? The three of us gel very well together. We’re usually on the same page or we get to the same page quickly. If there is something we don’t agree on or have a different idea, we brainstorm the “why” something isn’t working and come up with something that works for all of us and is best for the story.
7. Do you find you can write a book more quickly when sharing the task, or does it take longer due to planning / amending / checking with the other author first? I would say about the same length of time since we are not all writing at the same time. It’s passed chapter by chapter. We’ll make notes and needed changes along the way—we can probably write a book based on our comments alone. 🙂 There may have even been giggle fits over some of our comments.
8. What do’s and don’t would you give to other authors that may wish to write with another author at some point? The major DO is if you plan on writing a book with someone, make sure you gel with that person, that the vision you have for a story is something you share. DON’T forget that it’s more than one creative brain. There will be more than one great idea, so listen to what the other has to say and work on fusing your creativity.
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Maia Dylan is a best-selling author of Paranormal and Erotic romances. She loves to write books that take the reader on a journey that always leads to an HEA with a touch of suspense along the way.
Maia has traditional MF romances to her name as well as Ménage, MMF, MM and MMM. She is a firm believer that there is someone (sometimes two or even three!) for everyone, and that love is beautiful no matter form it takes. When she is not writing, she and her husband is desperately trying to corral her children, or enjoying a good book with a glass of great wine.
1.Please can you tell us about the book you’re working on with another author? I have the extreme pleasure of calling two talented authors, Sarah Marsh and Elena Kincaid, my friends and my writing partners. The three of us embarked on a journey to bring to life some characters and a story line our street team made up for us, and now the series is going strong. We currently have four titles available in the Beyond the Veil series and we are writing Book Five as we speak, Fighting Faete.
2. What made you want to write a book with someone else? It started out as a challenge we issued in our street team SME. Our readers then gave us the names of our main characters who appear in both book one and Four of the series. When it became clear that the three of us could write collaboratively really well, and the world we were building took on a life of its own, we sat down and got to writing. Literally!!
3. In what way is the writing process easier when writing with another author?I think it’s because of the way we can brainstorm, and with three wickedly creative minds plotting the downfall of evil baddies and the ménage romance of characters we have grown to love, the sky’s the limit! We have similar personalities and that definitely comes through in our writing styles so we gel well.
4. In what way is the writing process harder when writing with another author? I don’t find it more difficult. It can be challenging when you have to convince your partners that the scene you have in your head will make sense rather than if it was your own project, you can just let the characters do the talking. This is not a bad thing, because they see things you don’t and it always works out better!
5. Do you both have an outline of the whole story first, or do you just go with it and surprise one another?I am a card carrying, hand on heart, can’t do anything any other way, Pantster. Sarah is the same, and poor Elena is our only plotter. We will be brainstorming in this mega message thread we have, and Elena will be secretly squirreling it all away into our bat cave to make sure we don’t lose it when we come to writing that story.
6. How does the process work with writing the story? I.E Do you each write a chapter until you get to the end? Do you have one character each? Do you write the scenes and the other author adds to it? We take a character each and write a chapter each from that POV. Having said that, if the story calls for it, then we have been known to adopt each other’s character in order to get the story right.
7. What happens if you don’t agree on a scene / character your co-author has written? Pistols at dawn. Lol. Not really. There have been times where our creative differences have led to rapid fire messaging, but we have been able to convince each other of what is happening.
8. Do you find you can write a book more quickly when sharing the task, or does it take longer due to planning / amending / checking with the other author first?I think the timing is the same, to be honest. We simply get on with our chapters when we have time. Our current WIP is sitting with me at the moment, so I’ll be getting onto that shortly!
9. What do’s and don’t would you give to other authors that may wish to write with another author at some point? Make sure you get on with the person and that they have a similar or at least complementary writing style. LISTEN to each other. Sometimes what you think is best might not actually be the best way forward for your characters and at the end of the day, it’s their story you are telling.