A few weeks ago, my critique partner (CP) approached me with an idea for a (mostly) YA novel. She normally writes adult romance, so writing YA is new territory for her. In addition to that, she didn’t feel she could be sympathetic to the main character because of some situations in her personal life…enter me.
My CP and I work very well together and have a knack for knowing the voices of each other’s characters as if they were our own. So the idea of co-authoring a book with her was extremely exciting, especially when she told me the plot. The basic premise of the story is about a fifteen-year-old girl whose divorced parents die together in an accident and the girl becomes the custody of her twenty-seven-year-old stepmother. (Right away you’re thinking a Cinderella type story, but if Prince Charming were a drug dealing player and Cinderella got in as much trouble as our girl, her evil stepmother would have had every right to be the way she was.)
After we talked it out, we worked on a brief outline and decided I would write from the girl’s POV and she would write from the stepmom’s POV, working back and forth between the two as the story moves forward. This way we get to see how each character deals with their new situation and the grief that both carry throughout. Obviously, there will be times when the two characters interact and we’ll have to work on those sections together, but as I said, my CP and I know each other’s styles very well.
I know there will be bumps in the road as we bring this knew story to life, things we’ll have to compromise on and things we’ll just have to let go. But I also know our joint writing will create an incredible story that (I hope) readers will love.
I’ll keep you posted on our progress, but so far, we’ve hit 10,000 words in ten days. And what new story doesn’t need a theme song, or two…