Yep. Me. I am going to open the comments up for questions from the audience, but until then, I figure I'd give ya'll a little more of a glimpse into this side of the partnership. So at the risk of sounding schizoid/all MPD, here we go.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I've wanted to write since I first learned to read. In fact, until my water heater went out last year and flooded out the garage I still had files with things I'd written back to grade school. They were hideous of course. But the drive was there.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
There are too many to count, really. And it really depends on my mood. Sometimes I will be looking for humor, or a good mystery, or a thriller, or an urban fantasy. Whichever I want will determine my favorite of the moment. Still, I can always count on Jim Butcher, Dick Francis, Robert B. Parker, Rachel Caine, Dorothy Parker, Agatha Christie, Charlaine Harris, Shannon Butcher, Janet Evanovich. I re-read my early Laurell K. Hamilton books frequently and am still amazed at her creativity and skill as a writer. The worldbuilding is absolutely amazing, and it set the stage for an entirely new genre. How cool is that?!
Which of the books you've worked on was the hardest?
The hardest was Howling Moon of the Sazi. It was originally the first book, but it didn't get published first, and we kept dropping hints in other books that led back to it. But that meant that when it finally DID get re-written (to accommodate all of those changes) the time line was INSANE. We had a chart with where some of the main characters of the Sazi series were at any given time in 15 minute increments to make sure nobody was in two places, and that we weren't asking them to do the impossible. UGH.
Which was the easiest?
Every once in a while you'll get a book that just races through your brain and out your fingers. Touch of Madness (in the Kate Reilly/Thrall series) was like that. MAGIC.
You haven't been to a lot of signings or conferences the past couple of years. Why?
Real life has been a little intense the past two years. Not bad, but definitely busy. Also, Cathy and I both have a day job -- in the SAME OFFICE. So it isn't always feasible for us to both be off at the same time. BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS we have a couple of signing events coming up shortly and each of us will be going to a couple of conferences this year. So there's a good chance of you seeing either or both of us soon. Keep an eye out, check the Newsletter and the website for details.
Do you listen to music when you write?
Sometimes. But more often I run into something that inspires me, then write after in silence. Sometimes there will be a song that just GETS to me and shows me an insight to a specific character, or opens up inspiration on a whole new world. Avril Lavigne's "I'm With You" (written by