Coincidentally, she had just finished reading my debut, Grounding Quinn and had praise for the snarky, rawness of Quinn. We mutually gushed. We discovered we each had a borderline obsession with Marcus Flutie (of Megan McCafferty's masterpiece, Sloppy Firsts, et al), Neapolitan style pizza, and good wine. Obviously we became instant friends.
I made a comment one day while messaging back and forth that, "we should totally collaborate and write a book together!" and I attached this pic that'd I found on Pinterest and said it should be our inspiration.
The next morning, I woke up to an email with a link to this new document Liz had started:
We had no idea what we were writing. We just knew that (at the time) there was a massive shortage of college age romances, and the ones that were out there, were not representative of the experiences we remembered from that time in our lives. We wanted to write something fun. We wanted to include a deep family element. We wanted our characters to be realistic, lovable, unique and flawed.
Each night, I'd write a chapter in what would become LENGTHS, and because I was West Coast and Liz was East Coast, each morning, I'd wake up to a chapter that she'd written while I slept.
I wrote most of my chapters from the ocean view deck while vacationing at a friends condo in Coronado, California. It was inspiration and love of craft in it's most basic, perfect form. I hope someday I'm able to duplicate that experience, but I'm wholly satisfied if it was a once in a lifetime thing.
When we finished the book, we were ecstatic and proud, and so in love with this world we'd created.
From there, we expanded the series to six books (Lengths, Depths, Limits, Ties, Riptides and Drift), and one book in a spin-off series (Almost Lover). Each book focused on the time when you're young and trying to figure your own life out while (sometimes) falling in (and out) of love. They focused heavily on family and the deep bonds of true friendship. We made the books full of a diverse cast of characters, much like the group of friends we grew up with in Jersey and California.
Three years later, Liz and I are set to re-release the entire series with Entangled Publishing and are excited and hopeful about reaching an entirely new audience than we did the first time around.
These characters are part of our own friendship story, and we love them so, so much.
We hope you do, too.
|(ebook covers may be changed upon re-release)|