I must start by asking…how did you two meet & decide to write a book together?
Elise: I’ve been thinking about co-authoring for a while. I loved the idea of someone bringing new skills, a new voice, and brand new viewpoint to my work. There are a lot of authors out there whom I’d love to co-author with, but Lynn was a special opportunity. We met a decade ago in college and have been friends since. So, really, this was an opportunity to write with an epic woman who’s basically like my sister.
Lynn: Like Elise said, we’ve known each other since college, almost a decade ago now! I used to do a lot of fan fiction commissions at anime conventions and the like and would often have Elise check out some of the crazier requests. I like to think it gave her a pretty extensive idea of my skills. Getting to work not only with someone as experienced and talented as Elise, but also someone I definitely consider like a sister of mine, has been a dream come true.
Why did you decide to write a book that falls into the category of New Adult?
Elise: Lynn is really good at writing steamy scenes! But, in all seriousness, I like the idea of continually trying to experiment, write different things. My first series (Air Awakens) was Young Adult, second (Loom Saga) was Adult, this opportunity to write New Adult is yet another evolution of my work.
Lynn: A lot of my commission experience was of the steamier variety, so I think Elise was definitely trying to tap into that skill set for this project. It also offers me a chance to work in an area I’m familiar with for my debut!
Are you plotters or pantsers? I did notice that this is book 1 in a quartet…
Elise: Plotters! We decided to go that route as co-authors because we felt like it would be easier to make sure that everything stayed on track and the pacing stayed on point.
Lynn: I’ve only ever been a pantser before, so working as plotters for this project was super interesting, and honestly incredibly beneficial. Especially when working with two people. This may have converted me!
Do you listen to music while you write?
Elise: I always listen to music while I write. Lynn and I had a shared playlist that we put songs on. But I found myself listening to a lot of movie soundtracks on this manuscript.
Lynn: Surprisingly enough, I prefer ambient noise. I do listen to music on occasion if there’s something in particular that Elise recommends or is inspiring in the moment, but usually, the atmospheric sounds of wherever I’m writing offer a perfect white noise for me.
What’s your favorite food? Curious minds want to know 😉
Elise: Katsu Curry
Lynn, I noticed you were a stunt woman at one point??? What’s one of the craziest stunts you performed?
Lynn: Oh man… The one that really freaks people out is that I was lit on fire. But the one that was the most exciting for me as an adrenaline junkie is a toss up between diving over an exploding car and diving off a forty foot landing.
Elise, I know that you’re an avid anime watcher (like myself). Could you recommend an anime that you’ve recently watched and loved?
Elise: I’ve actually not been keeping up with as much anime as I would like! The second season of San Gatsu no Lion (March Comes in Like a Lion) just came out, and the first season was truly fantastic in both direction, art, and storytelling. I’ve also been really liking Houseki no Kuni (Land of the Lustrous), though I haven’t finished it yet. Finally, Hoozuki no Reitetsu! I thought the first season was hilarious and, even though I haven’t watched it yet, I’m sure it’ll be great too.
Also, P.S. Lynn is also really into anime. We watch it together. Because we’re total nerds 😉
I’ll end with some fast & furious questions!
Chocolate or vanilla?
Sweet or sour or salty?
Pen or pencil?
Elise: Pen. Brush Pen. Or Marker.
Dog or cat?
Elise: Both? If I had to pick… cat!
*~~About the Author~~*
In her past lives, she has graduated from an MBA program, lived in Japan for a bit, and worked for a Fortune 500 technology company. However, she finds herself much happier in her current reincarnation as full-time author. When not writing, she can usually be found playing video games, drawing, watching anime, or talking with readers on social media. She’s happy to call Saint Petersburg, Florida, her home, but is always looking forward to her next trip.
Lynn Larsh considers herself to be a serial hobby-dabbler. She got a bachelors degree in music (which she used for all of four months), studied aerial acrobatics and classical piano for many years, worked briefly as a stunt woman in a Wild West stunt show (it’s a long story), and eventually settled down into the bar tending business in St. Petersberg, FL. When she’s not acting as a purveyor of fine libations, you can find her diving head first into her newest venture as a New Adult author, or simply writing Voltron fan fiction on Archive of Our Own.
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow to check out another enchantingly epic #EE18ers post! 😉