One day, during a very entertaining brainstorming phone call, one of us said, “We should try writing together.”
The other replied, “Sure, why not? It’ll be fun!”
And that’s how the co-writing began.
We both like sports, so writing about athletes was an easy decision. We wrote our first novella, Tackled by the Girl Next Door, about a retired football player. The process worked out well, so we wrote two more novellas, Flirting on Ice and Dangerous Play, this time about hockey players.
Co-writing takes a lot of plotting and a lot of communicating. We create each story together, adding our individual voices to the mix. Our personalities complement each other and make for a stronger story. Throughout the entire process, from plotting to writing to publishing to promotion, we communicate and make the best possible decision for the books.
All of our stories have strong heroines and tough heroes. And while everyone may not identify with a character’s particular profession or environment, we’ve all experienced loss and heartbreak and pure happiness and love. Emotions are universal.
Tackled by the Girl Next Door was published with The Wild Rose Press. Flirting on Ice, was published with Entangled Publishing, LLC earlier this month. Dangerous Play will be published with them as well. We have learned so much from our editors about how to make a story as strong as possible. We’ve also learned about cover art, blurbs, marketing and promotion. It has been a fascinating process, and doing it together makes the experience all the more special.
We may root for different professional sports teams (Veronica is a Boston Bruins fan, and Susan loves the New York Rangers) but we’re definitely enjoying the tag-team effort of co-writing these novellas.
FLIRTING ON ICE
Professional hockey player Zac Elliott is in top form. He’s having the best season of his career, the local fans can’t get enough of him, and he’s in the middle of the most successful contract negotiations of his career. When the sexy little spark between Zac and the team owner’s daughter blazes to life, no matter how forbidden, he can’t resist.
Philanthropist Heather Ryan can’t keep her hands off of Zac. If her father finds out, it could end Zac’s career and ruin her reputation. What they share is deeply passionate and intensely private…until the press exposes their illicit relationship.
Now the fans have viciously turned against Heather, Zac’s game is faltering, and even his team has deserted him. The only way out of the penalty box is for Zac to play hockey like life—and love—depends on it…
Veronica Forand is an attorney and an award-winning writer of romantic suspense. She’s lived in Boston, London, Paris, Geneva, and Washington, DC and currently resides near Philadelphia. An avid traveler, she loves to roam across continents with her husband and kids in pursuit of skiing, scuba diving, and finding the perfect piece of chocolate. Visit her at: http://www.veronicaforand.com
Susan Scott Shelley is an award-winning author of contemporary romance and romantic suspense. She currently resides outside Philadelphia with her very own Superhero and spends her days writing about tough heroes, smart heroines, and love being the strongest magic there is. In addition to writing romances, she is also a professional voiceover artist. Her favorite things include running, sports, hard rock and old Hollywood movies. Connect with Susan: http://www.susanscottshelley.com