Q: How did you and Ted start writing together?
A: Ted and I were an author-editor team for many years before we wrote Kiss and Burn. Ted and I made a good team because we have healthy respect for each other’s skills. Ted’s most recent novels have become increasingly dark and violent, so they have alienated a handful of his early readers. He desired to recapture these readers with stories that were more similar to early favorites such as, Blink of an Eye and Thr3e. When he called to ask if I would help him do this by writing with him, it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. New authors have a treacherous uphill battle when entering the marketplace. To be able to partner with someone of his caliber was a gift to me.
Q: How will your solo novels be distinct from your novels with Ted?
A: In many ways my solo novels will be similar to the co-authored books, which should create continuity for readers. Ted and I intentionally created novels that hearkened back to Blink and Thr3e, which were popular among Ted’s female readers. The co-authored novels are stories I wanted to tell: supernatural thrillers with strong Christian themes featuring strong female protagonists. My stories will share these features. They’ll continue to be commercial page-turners, but they’ll also be distinct from Ted’s solo fantasy and thriller brands.
I think of Ted’s novels as parables. They say to readers, “The kingdom of heaven is like this,” or, “The love of God is like this.” I see my novels as fables, stories that explore the value of a character’s choices. Such stories say to readers, “What is the significance of one choice over another? What is the impact on a physical life? A relational life? A spiritual life?” The answers won’t always be black and white. Kiss is a fable about losing and finding memory. Burn is a fable about dying to self. Never Let You Go is a fable about forgiveness and bitterness.
The action of Ted’s novels is largely physical. In my novels, the action will be more psychological and spiritual, driven by relationships and feminine sensibilities. If Ted’s stories are like the films 300 or The Gladiator, mine will be like the psychological thrillers House of Games or Hitchcock’s Sabotage.
In my novels, the suspense will driven by high spiritual/moral stakes but not necessarily darkness and death. Christians face issues more terrifying than death on a daily basis.
Q: Did you and Ted have conflicts while writing your novel?
A: Of course we did! We have differences of opinion over every novel, even as a writer-editor team. We have different perspectives on just about everything. But these aren’t bad conflicts. Instead, they’re part of the creative process. Ideas have to be beaten up, reinvented, and sometimes thrown out. There is no better way to do this than with someone you trust.
Q: Would you ever consider collaborating with a new author?
A: That’s a long way off for me. At present I’m focused on defining and solidifying my solo career.