About the authors: Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters & Laura Barone, long time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit together quite nicely during an experiment of "I'll write the first sentence, you write the next." It was meant to be nothing more than a warm up exercise for each of them to get started on their own projects, but soon, the story became far more interesting than what they were supposed to be working on and Sable Grace was born.
Both Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married, and are, well, complete opposites. (Think the Odd Couple on crack here.) Still, there's enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.
Heather also writes medieval romances under her real name, which you can find at www.heatherwaters.net, and Laura is a Golden Heart finalist for her highly sensual manuscript, Mr. Right Now.
You can reach them both at sablegrace(AT)ymail.com
An Interview with Sable Grace
How does your stories spark to life?
The usual method is this: Heather sees something/reads something/watches something/dreams something that sparks an idea and then places a frantic phone call to Laura which leads to hours of figuring out which bit of the sparks are useable and which just won’t work. By the end of the call, we’ve either got the bones for a story or a sore throat.
Do you ever disagree?
Heather: We have minor disagreements, but never really over anything major. Examples include names of characters or choices in vehicles. In Before the Fall, the only real disagreement came with Shanna leaving to fight evil without a bra. Laura was right in the fact that she wouldn’t have stopped to put one on in the situation we’d placed her in, but I, being of burdensome bosom, couldn’t fathom running around and killing things with my tatas flopping around. So we compromised and made it work for both of us.
DAY IN THE LIFE
Since there are two of us, we don’t have a typical day like most writers do. We’re not able to work together all the time so we had to find something that worked for us and this is it.
8-9:00– Get up, find the drink of choice (coffee for Laura and Diet Dr. Pepper for Heather), tend to pets—or toddlers—and boot up computers. Check email, social networking sites, and the schedule to determine what has to be done for the day.
9-1:00 – Heather: takes first round at pages. Emails chapters to Laura. Waits for kid #1 to get home from school.
Laura: Feed, change and tend to toddlers. Sprout a few more gray hairs. Get pelted with sippy cups and ping pong balls. Get them down for naps.
1-4:00 – Laura: Read over chapters, accept edits, make notes and enjoy a little quiet time with the tot (or two) that don’t nap. Work on individual project.
Heather: Play WoW, read, and work on individual project. Or stare at blinking cursor and roll my head over the keyboard. It’s pretty much 50/50 which way it will go.
4-7—Family time for both Heather and Laura.
Heather: Around 6:00, I get out my MP3 player, turn it on loud, and dance my way through cooking dinner with a glass of wine. It’s the best part of my day. Chopping veggies, sipping, smiling. Sun is going down and husband is coming home. Life is perfect.
7-10 --Laura: Make dinner, watch shows that have been Tivo’ed since last season, personal time to do whatever I like.
Heather: Watch a movie or T.V. show with the hubster, and if the kids like us that day, they join us. Or, if he wants some play time on the Playstation, I get to read or play on Facebook or whatever I feel like doing.
10-?—Heather: On good nights, I go to bed with hubster. On creative nights, I wait until the house turns completely silent and then settle in till wee hours of the morning to work on my own projects.
Laura: Make edits on pages Heather sent earlier and write fresh pages to finish goal for the day. Usually bedtime is around 1:00a.m.
Now, on those occasions where we get to work together, things change drastically.
8-9—This is about the only part that stays the same.
9-6—Work nonstop on chapters. Heather still begins, then passes the chapter to Laura as she finishes each one. Laura stays one or two chapters behind until the end of the workday where she finishes up while Heather determines if we’ve reached our goal and if we get the rest of the night off.
6-8—Have dinner, some wine, and a little relaxation time.
8- Depends on how much wine we drank O’clock – if we haven’t finished our page goals, we continue working. If pages are done and goal has been reached, we have some bonding time over wine and music or a TV show. Lots of chatting and social time until bed starts calling us somewhere between 1-3 am. Then we get up early and start the day all over again to make the most of the time we’re working together.
Reader Girls thanks Heather, Laura and Goddess Fish Promotions. I am reading Before the Fall now and will post my review within the next few days.