So a few months back I got the chance to read After The Ending. Let me just say the book was awesome!! Even more awesome, I was able to read the sequel, Into The Fire, AND I got an interview out of it too!
Tell us a little about yourself. Where are you from? Do you feel where you live influences how or what you write?
LP: I was born and raised in the Napa Valley and have recently bought a home here. I can’t say that where I live has influenced my writing as much as my traveling around the world has. I’m more aware of other cultures and situations, and as a result I’ve come to really appreciate the opportunities I have living in the US. It’s provided an extra nudge to pursue my dream of being a writer.
What sort of expectations did you have when being published was on the horizon?
LP: Although I had high hopes that people would love the story we had to tell, I tried to have realistic expectations and prepare myself for the “worst”. Either way, I promised myself that I would be proud of myself for actually publishing one of my stories, which again, is a dream I’ve had my entire life.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
LP: Hmmmm. I think common courtesy is my biggest pet peeve. I like to think of myself as courteous—I call if I’m going to be late or apologize when I accidentally run into someone—but a lot of people don’t do that, and it REALLY upsets me.
You co-wrote Into The Fire. How exactly did you work that out? Do you write together or take turns? How do you go about planning how the story will progress? How do you decide which way to take a book if you both have different opinions on which direction the book should go?
LP: As we’ve moved through the series, the process has changed. When we initially started, we were able to write After The Ending separately because our characters and story lines didn’t integrate much. We would write and edit everything together, essentially. However, now all of that’s changed and we’re working together more closely. While that’s difficult in some ways (prolonging the writing process), it’s also beneficial to keeping the flow and staying true to our characters and story line as we bring them all together.
Is one of you the voice of of Zoe and one the voice of Dani, or do you voice them equally?
LP: I write for Zoe and the characters associated with her story line. When some of my characters are in Dani chapters, LF writes them and I’ll make changes/suggestions if needed. LF does the same with my chapters. I personally really enjoyed writing her character, Ky, in Into The Fire J Maybe it’s because he’s a lot like Harper who didn’t get to be as fun-loving and flirtatious in this book, but I look forward to “working” with Ky in the future J
Are you planning on writing more books together? (Besides any that are part of The Ending series?)
LP: We’ve discussed doing a spin off series in the future, but we’ve made no commitment to it. We’ve definitely thrown around ideas and plan to leave a few things open (nothing major) that would allow us to write another series should we choose to do so.
You're both named Lindsey, does that ever get confusing at book events?
LP: People get confused all the time, but I think it’s also unique and helps us stand out a bit for the rest of the writing world more than “hurt” us, if that makes any sense. It’s actually really funny because we have A LOT in common so the fact that we’re both “Lindsey” is the icing on the cake.
Is there a genre you prefer to write? What about to read?
LP: I love to read romance (historical and contemporary). Everything I write, no matter which genre, will always have a romantic thread. One day, I would love to be able to write a series like Philippa Gregory’s “The Cousins’ War” series, but I have no plans to take on such a large project, at least not in the near future.
Care to give us a peek at your latest writing projects? Either books written together or separately or both.
LP: I’m currently working on a historical romance/adventure story that takes place in both England and the Bermuda Islands. It’s sort of like Swiss Family Robinson meets a more scandalous Jane Austen novel. It probably won’t be out until late 2014. I don’t have a confirmed title for it yet.
Just because I can. It's Christmas and you've survived the epidemic, what's on your wish list?
LP: For entertainment, I’d like either Man of Steel or Thor on DVD because, let’s be honest, I’m a sucker for hunks. For writing, I’m in desperate need of an ergonomic, wireless keyboard. I’m hoping Santa has me on the “Nice” list J
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