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1. What have you learned through your writing experience with this novel?
The biggest thing that we learned writing SINFUL is that we could actually do it. At first, we had no idea what we were doing or how it would work writing together, but it worked. Thankfully, we really do work well together, so everything just kind of fell into place.
2. When did you start writing this book?
We started writing SINFUL in 2007. It took us a solid year to write the book, another year to find it a home at Mundania Press, and another 18 months before we could hold it in our hands. It was quite a wait, but it was well worth it to see our first book in print.
3. Which of your characters do you most relate to and why?
That would have to be Elizabeth. She is a tough girl who says what she thinks and holds nothing back. We really tried to make her the hero in the story. That being said, we both liked writing Daniel’s character the most. He was just fun!
4. If you could go to any place in the world to write a book where would you go?
ITALY!! How fabulous would that be! We could sit at some little café and drink yummy coffee. Although, to be honest, I don’t think we would get much writing done. We are both avid people watchers and what better place to watch.
5. If you had to spend a million dollars in one day what would you spend it on?
Let me start by saying that we are both wives, mothers, teachers and writers, so this answer will probably sound a tad boring. We would probably pay bills, buy new cars, new houses, and probably invest a lot of it so that we could write full-time.
6. Where did you get the idea for your book?
A few years ago, we were both reading YA novels like mad and joked about writing one of our own. As middle school English teachers we thought, “How hard can it be, right?” Ha! Well, Staci had a crazy dream that she thought would make a great book, and it didn’t take much convincing to get Sara onboard. Before we knew it, we were plotting out our novel.
7. What was the hardest part of the writing process?
The EDITING!!! Once we got started the story kind of wrote itself, but the editing was a real chore. And once you think you’re done, you have to do it again and again. We both read through SINFUL at least a dozen times. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the authors who write 500+ page novels. For two English teachers, we make a lot of typos, spelling, and tense errors.
8. PC or MAC?
Both actually. We both have small PC net books that we do most of our writing on, but Staci has a Mac desktop that she edits on.