Having just recently finished THE INTERNATIONAL KISSING CLUB by Ivy Adams and having loved it, I'm super excited to have the authors of the book here with us today to talk about writing as a team. We hope you enjoy the guest post and be sure to read below for more details on how to win some fabulous prizes!
Around the World in 80 Kisses Smooch Stop #22
Writing as a Team
One of the questions we get all the time is “How did three writers work together to write one book?”
Of course, the short answer is we each wrote a different character and we collaborated on the forth character (Mei). But the real answer is much more complicated than that. The truth is writing a book with two other people is completely unlike writing a book on your own. The best way to explain is to just show you. When I’m writing all by myself here’s what’s going on in my head.
Below, I’ve included a short scene from IKC. In italics, I’ve added the kinds of things that go through my mind when I’m writing.
“Oh, honey,” Autumn cooed. What is she, a dove? “I’m so glad you came by. I was worried when you and River broke up that I wouldn’t see you anymore. Come sit down. I have a really nice tea in the thermos.” Tea? What kind of tea? I should go research this. And possibly make myself a cup of Earl Grey.
Izzy sighed and swallowed past her tears, tried to speak, and then just nodded as she sank into one of the chairs at the back of the stall. Why is everyone always sighing? Why do I feel like I have to describe every single breath they take? They’re not in a yoga class. Autumn bustled around, offering roasted soy nuts and fresh figs. Hmmm ... I’m hungry. Maybe I should have a snack. Do I have any soy nuts? Okay, no soy nuts, but I did find a Reeses peanut butter cup. That’s totally high in protein. Back to work.
After a few minutes of crying, Izzy started to talk. “On paper, River and I looked like the perfect couple. I thought we were alike in every way.”
Autumn nodded sympathetically. “I know, honey.”
“And now he’s off in Lubbock.” She shot a sideways glance at Autumn, and shrugged. Why does everyone always shrug? My god, they are in a yoga class. “Have you seen his Facebook updates lately?” she asked tentatively.
Autumn’s smile wavered and her head bobbed. And now, downward dog! “He is expressing his freedom uniquely.”
“So you’ve seen his page. Why aren’t you freaking out about it?”
Autumn sighed, but the placid nurturing never left her expression. OMG, this is the worst dreck I’ve ever written. Maybe I should go on-line and download job applications. Or at least check Facebook. “He has to find his own way.”
“He’s betraying everything you raised him to believe,” Izzy pointed out. No. It’s no good. I’m not qualified to do anything else. I’m just going to have to fix this in revisions.
“Honey, I know you’re having a really big experience of anger right now—” Oh, god. Revisions. Kill me now.
“I’m not having an experience of anger.” Izzy gritted her teeth. “I’m frickin’ pissed.” Come to think of it, I have been feeling a little fatigued. Maybe I’m dying. I hear meningitis really sucks. I bet that’s it.
So, you can see, it’s no fun coming to work with Emily McKay. I mean, I get the work done, but man, I’m so damn whiney, I annoy even myself. Okay, especially myself.
But coming to work with Tracy and Shellee everyday was fun. Tracy is peppy and energetic. Every time I’d start my downward whine spiral, she’d look up from the computer and say, “This is going to be great, don’t you think?” I’d pause, think about it and (since I knew Tracy’s stuff was great already and Shellee was still working (a procrastinator like me), but that her stuff was going to be great (and it was)), I started to feel like maybe either my stuff would be at least okay. (See, whiney. All the time.) And sometimes I’d even take a look at the scene I was working on and it would seem pretty good. Despite the deep breathing and the yoga.
We writers spend a lot of time in our own heads. We have to, ‘cause that’s where the stories come from. The really great thing about working with Shellee and Tracy is that I wasn’t only in my own head. All in all, working on IKC was the most fun I’ve ever had on a book.
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The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams is the story of four best friends: Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy--the misfits of Paris, Texas. Their whole lives, they’ve dreamed of escaping small-town life and seeing the world. So when Piper is the victim of an embarrassing prank that goes viral online, she gets the idea that the girls should escape via the school’s international exchange program, in search of fun, love and internet redemption.
Emily McKay along with Shellee Roberts and Tracy Deebs write under the pseudonym Ivy Adams. They shop, gossip and watch movies in Austin, Texas.