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15 February 2012

The Healer And The Pirate: Meet The Authors

*Your hostess for this clash is Raquel Byrnes.

Welcome back! Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to the authors of excerpt B: The Healer and the Pirate. So settle in and have a chat with these lovely ladies.

Maggie Phillippi and Julie Bihn started writing “The Healer and the Pirate” in 2008. They are currently working on the sequel.

You had a lot to say about this interesting take on the Almost Kiss Clash...

Raquel: Aridin is described as both devastatingly handsome and formidable. Would either of you want to take a chance interviewing him if you had the chance?

Julie: I’d really like to interview Aridin, though honestly, I get nervous in front of handsome men so it probably would not go very well. It might be better to interview Aridin’s dad or the quartermaster Renord. They would be the ones more than happy to share embarrassing stories from our pirate’s childhood!

Raquel: LOL! A pirate's childhood has to have some interesting tales. What about you, Maggie? Has a character found a special place in your heart?

Maggie: Of course I love Nessa--she’s got a strength I only wish I had. And Aridin. Who wouldn’t love a dashing pirate? But my favorite characters, aside from the leading ones, are the ones that turn up unexpectedly. There is an adorable little fairy in The Healer and the Pirate that will likely return in the sequel because she wrapped her little finger around my heart and I can’t let her go. She’s a little silly but such a caring soul. She wasn’t at all planned but I think she showed up for a reason now.

Raquel: Writing a book with a partner must have been both a blessing and a logistical challenge. How do you go about it?

Maggie: We plan our stories in advance--writing together, you have to--but being confined to an outline is so limiting, and sometimes God gives us an idea that wreaks havoc with that outline. I hate outlining but I need to know where things are headed. So together we’re more of a plotser? Pantotter? Pantter? We have an outline... doesn’t mean the middle of the story will match it by the time we’re done. 

Raquel: Is there a special time of the day that you meet up to write? How do you work your schedules out together?

Julie: We collaboratively write in real time, and Maggie is on East Coast time while I’m a few hours west of her. And I feel most creative later in the evenings, when it’s about midnight on the East Coast. So finding the time to write on weekdays can be a problem. We fare better on the weekends. When someone asks me what I did over the weekend, I’ll usually tell them I wrote. Then for some reason they stare at me blankly or look slightly disappointed.

Raquel: Brainstorming sessions must be so fun with a fellow writer! Where do your best ideas come from?

Julie: We like to think the BEST ideas come from God. Sometimes one of us will just get this thought, seemingly out of nowhere. In “The Healer and the Pirate,” one of those ideas turned into Nessa thinking of the silver platters in Chapter 14.

Maggie: More recently, we completed our outline for book two. What a sense of accomplishment! We started writing and everything was going well... and then I felt God laying it on my heart to make a slight detour. 

Julie: I’m always wanting to try new things and go off on tangents, so when Maggie suggested we take one, I figured it must be God’s guidance!

Raquel: This story encompasses my favorite aspects of a few genres. How would you describe it to your readers?

Maggie and Julie: This is really a unique kind of story; we haven’t seen much like it on the market. It’s a romance with fantasy and adventure--more like a fairy tale than Lord of the Rings. We hope everyone will enjoy it.

Thank you so much for sharing your unique writing journey. Sounds like we have more to look forward to from you two creative ladies. I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with us at Clash of the Titles!
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jennifer Slattery said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

How you've written together fascinates me. I just started researching a novel that will take some intense medical knowledge. The lady helping me research (who actually gave me the story idea) isn't a writer, but has offered to help me write the medical scenes. I'm excited to learn how to collaborate more.

I just finished the first of a two-part project with another writer--Joanne Sher--but it was more of dividing portions up as it's a tween devotional. But it's been fun to have someone to share brainstorming with.

Love your emphasis on drawing near to God and listening for His story ideas!

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

I bet Joanne was great to work with, Jennifer!

April Gardner said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

Maggie and Julie, I adored your excerpt!! I'm usually a strictly historical reader, but these days, i find myself leaning toward the unusual. If they have historical in them (such as Michelle Griep's Undercurrent)--all the better!

Michelle Massaro said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

Good morning, ladies! How fun to see a writing duo grace our site! It's exciting to see how well you did working together. Love your creative genius on this very unique story. Thanks for letting us get to know a little bit about you! =)

Gail Pallotta said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

Hi Maggi and Julie,
What fun to have a team on Clash of the Titles. I enjoyed your interview. It's hard to beat romance with fantasy and adventure.

Judy said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

This is so exciting to have an interview! One wonders where your ideas originate ... it is good to see you acknowledge that the gifts are from God.

Looking forward to book 2. Hurry up ladies.

Maggie said... Wednesday, 15 February, 2012

Thank you everyone for the warm greetings. I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt and the interview.

Julie and I will be blogging about our collaborative writing experience at the end of this month. If you'd like to follow along, here is the link to our blog: http://kinynchronicles.blogspot.com/

Thanks again! It's been a real honor to compete in COTT and I can't begin to say how excited I was that we were chosen!

Julie Bihn said... Thursday, 16 February, 2012

Wow; thank you for the warm welcome, everyone! I'm so blessed by your comments.

Since some of you are interested in collaboration--I blogged a bit about working with a partner (ironically, by myself, LOL) at http://blog.juliebihn.com/2011/01/collaborative-writing-long-awaited-part.html

Item Reviewed: The Healer And The Pirate: Meet The Authors Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Raquel Byrnes