[Note from Frolic: We are so excited to have authors K.L. Grayson and Kristen Proby guest post on the site today. Take it away ladies!]
Kristen: So, shall we tell the people all about our first foray into the co-writing world?
K.L.: Let’s do it! Do you remember how we got started? It seems so long ago when we first chatted about it!
Kristen: I’m pretty sure Jesus was a boy when I told you that we would write a book together. You totally blew me off at first, but I was dead serious!
K.L.: LOL I wasn’t trying to blow you off! We’ve been friends for so long, and I remembered that you told me once that you would never co-write a book! Obviously that changed, but I don’t know if I ever asked you why. What made you decide to want to co-write?
Kristen: I guess I wanted to see if I could do it because it was a challenge that I never thought I’d be terribly good at. It’s not that I don’t play well with others, but… I don’t play well with others. LOL I trust you, and I knew that if I decided it wasn’t for me, our friendship would remain in tact. That was the most important thing!
K.L.: Was it as challenging as you thought it would be, or easier than expected?
Kristen: It was honestly both. In the beginning, it was tough for me because I’m not used to someone going back through what I’ve just written to change or tweak it. So, giving up that control took some getting used to. But after a few chapters, and adjusting my own perception on it, I think it went really smoothly! What about you? What made you decide to do it?
K.L.: I think you handled it well! And I’m grateful that you trusted me to play with your words! Honestly, I was skeptical at first, and not because I didn’t trust you, or because I didn’t want to give up control. I was nervous because I didn’t want it to change the dynamics of our friendship. If the book failed and everyone hated it, I didn’t want that to change anything between us. I ultimately decided to go with it because I know that our friendship is stronger than any book we could write. And my heart is so happy now because readers are loving Already Gone!
Kristen: Aww, I didn’t know that! You’re right, we’ll withstand anything that happens with this book, and that’s why I moved forward as well. I also liked that we agreed before we wrote the book that there was no pressure. It was for fun, and if we either didn’t like it, or didn’t want to publish it, that was okay. But I’m so happy we decided to publish and that the early reviews are SO GOOD! Readers are really loving this story.
K.L.: So before the book releases, if we’re going by experience alone, do you think you would ever co-write again?
Kristen: If it was with you, absolutely. What about you? Did you enjoy the process?
K.L.: Aww, I heart* you, Proby. I feel the same way! And I had a lot of fun writing it. It was nice to have someone as invested in the story as me! Do you have any advice for an author who is thinking of co-writing?
Kristen: I have a ton of advice. LOL First, I would say make sure the person you’re thinking of writing with is someone you trust implicitly, and not just with your story, but with your business. I think it’s important to work with someone who runs their business similarly to how you do, and has a similar work ethic. What about you?
K.L: That’s great advice! My advice would be to make sure you have an open mind and an open line of communication with whoever you’re writing with. I feel like we excelled in that area!
Kristen: Oh yes, that’s excellent advice as well. Communication is key. I always know that I can say just about anything to you because I know that you know where my heart is. And vice versa.
K.L.: Look at us, nailing this co-author thing! I’m glad we jumped on to chat about it.
Kristen: Me, too! Happy release week to us!
About the Authors:
Kristen Proby was born and raised in a small resort town in her beloved Montana. In her mid-twenties, she decided to stretch her wings and move to the Pacific Northwest, where she made her home for more than a dozen years.
During that time, Kristen wrote many romance novels and joined organizations such as RWA and other small writing groups. She spent countless hours in workshops, and more mornings than she can count up before the dawn so she could write before going to work. She submitted many manuscripts to agents and editors alike, but was always told no. In the summer of 2012, the self-publishing scene was new and thriving, and Kristen had one goal: to publish just one book. It was something she longed to cross off of her bucket list.
Not only did she publish one book, she’s since published close to thirty titles, many of which have hit the USA Today, New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestsellers lists. She continues to self publish, best known for her With Me In Seattle and Boudreaux series, and is also proud to work with William Morrow, a division of HarperCollins, with the Fusion Series.
Kristen and her husband, John, make their home in her hometown of Whitefish, Montana with their two pugs and two cats.
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K.L. Grayson resides in a small town outside of St. Louis, MO. She is entertained daily by her extraordinary husband, who will forever inspire every good quality she writes in a man. Her entire life rests in the palms of six dirty little hands, and when the day is over and those pint-sized cherubs have been washed and tucked into bed, you can find her typing away furiously on her computer. She has a love for alpha-males, brownies, reading, tattoos, sunglasses, and happy endings…and not particularly in that order.
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Already Gone by Kristen Proby and K.L. Grayson, out now!
Falling in love is easy…
New Hope, South Carolina is my home. It’s where I grew up, got into trouble, and fell in love for the first time. Scarlett Kincaid was more than the girl next door, she was my best friend, until she decided that small town life wasn’t for her. One minute she was here, and the next she was gone.
The girl I used to fish with down at the creek is now the biggest name in country music. She headlines world tours, has won four Grammys, and I haven’t seen her since. Until today when she sped through town in her fancy car. One look at her big brown eyes was all it took to stir up a whole slew of emotions. Emotions I’d long ago buried and sure as hell don’t have time for.
It’s the aftermath that’s hard…
There are two things in my life that matter. My music, and my dad. Twelve years ago, I packed a bag and chased my dream. Leaving New Hope and escaping the gossip mill was the easiest decision I ever made. I never planned to return, but my father needs me, and he always comes first. So, I did what I had to do. I cut my tour short and came home, despite having a sister who hates me, and a community that doesn’t trust me.
And then there’s Tucker Andrews.
When he propped an arm on the roof of my car, pulled down his sunglasses and flashed his police badge, I nearly swallowed my tongue. Gone is the lanky boy who used to throw rocks at me and pull my pigtails. Tucker is now a six-foot package of brawny, sexy man wrapped in more muscle than I have hit singles. Did I mention he’s a cop and a single dad?
My goal was to help Dad, and get back to my life. But what am I supposed to do when the life that used to strangle me suddenly fits like a glove, and makes me dream of things I never thought I’d have? What happens when the boy I walked away from years ago becomes one of the most important people in my life? I don’t have room for a man much less love.
Because it’s impossible to hold onto someone who’s already gone.
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