What do you call world building while on the toilet? – Aristen

An infodump! /cue laughtrack “I think there are two types of writers, the architects and the gardeners. The architects plan everything ahead of time, like an architect building a house. They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going…

Micro-post: The Imperession that I get – Olive

Micro-blog real quick here–is it me or do some published authors just kind of toot each others’ horns? Do the publishers encourage them to say “HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY” or the like? Come on. Somebody let me on the secrets. Or is it all completely genuine? Do they really know each other?! Do they really read…

You’re writing a book. Nobody cares. – Olive

I’ve been writing with Aristen since we were probably six–that’s right, six years old, for a total of about 27 years. We’ve been friends since kindergarten, and I have vivid memories of standing up (probably on my chair because I was a wild child) during our class after Aristen returned from a family trip to Thailand….

Editing. It’s awful. But… – Olive

It is awful. But there is one thing. I actually like rereading our story. It might seem odd, no matter how many times I’ve read it, I still enjoy it. Certain parts I tend to read over and over, tweaking and adding. So far, we’ve edited ourselves by hand. While I’m an attorney, I tend…

How we write, two – Olive

Some people have asked how we write together as most authors write solo, and that’s hard enough. There are other well known authors who write under one singular pen name such as James S. A. Corey, the pen name of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck, who wrote the Expanse series. There is a way, friends! Aristen…

The Cover Art of OF GOLD AND FIRE – Olive

The first time I saw the completed cover art for OF GOLD AND FIRE, I felt like my body had suddenly been submerged in water that was neither hot nor cold. I felt weightless, like my feet left the ground yet I was still sitting in my living room, roof firmly above my head. Morale…

OF GOLD AND FIRE, the first book in the Azura’s Chosen series – Olive

Here’s some information on OF GOLD AND FIRE in the form of a short elevator speech (work in progress): From high in mountains of the southern wastelands, Astara DiRel knew nothing of civilization before slavers in flying beasts stole her away from her isolated but peaceful tribe. After surviving Indoctrination, being infused with the potent magical power…

On finding a shared vision… – Aristen

As much as we’re in tune with each other’s visions, as much world building as we do, Olive and I still have to talk to each other constantly to figure out everything, from what a character is wearing in that moment, to what the inside of the room looks like, or why would they be hungry…

You better Work – Olive

Today, and lately, I’ve been researching how to get our book published. Happily for me, I have a few friends (and so does Aristen) who have published books both self- and traditional route publishing.

As to our Writing Process – Olive

Today I’m writing about the process—what a process it is! At this point, we’ve written five books worth of material for the Azura’s Chosen series. Our goal is to have the first book of the series edited and done by the end of this summer. We’ll see how it goes, but here it is: commitment!…