Tuesday is book release day. It’s coming fast.
We spent the last week answering interview questions. We’ll let you know where to find the interviews (if you’re interested, that is), once we know the links.
To date, they’ve mostly been email interviews. That is, the interviewer sends us a list of questions and we answer them. This type of interview suits us, because of the time difference between Australia and the US. We can answer in our own time. It’s especially handy when you both work full-time.
I once had a job once where I was the English-speaking liaison for a software product, so when someone from the US wanted to know about that product they’d call me. Or I’d call them. Only we’re GMT+10, and New York is GMT-4, so office hours in the US are night time for us. I can tell you, it wasn’t fun. So I really like the luxury of being able to email our answers back.
As we worked through the last interview, I realised that we work on them exactly the way we work on stories.
We start with the idea. In this case, the interview questions. We talk about our answers. One of us goes away and writes down, roughly, what we said. She sends it to the other one, who edits the answers and adds extra bits. We discuss it again, to see if we have answered the questions. One of us fine-tunes the words. We read the answers aloud. Finally, back it goes to Alexis, in the Publicity department at the Publisher’s.
Which is pretty much how we write our books nowadays, too.