I have a very, very special Fantasy Man Friday for y’all. It wasn’t easy to grab these two vunderbar people, but I managed it. You guessed it. Today we have Gerard Butler and Johnny Depp on the blog!
You didn’t believe me, huh? Well, neither did I. Trust me, if I had a direct line to those two, you’d never hear from me again. Nope, today I have the undoubtably coolest writing duo known as Sable Grace! I met these ladies at Nationals in Orlando (at the super not-so-secret smoker’s guild). They were all that was gracious and funny and they were sweet enough to agree to let me interview them. They also gave us some drool-worthy pictures for Fantasy Man Friday!
And here we are!
Sable Grace is the writing team of Heather Waters & Laura Barone, long time critique partners and friends who came together by fluke to discover their voices fit together quite nicely during an experiment of “I’ll write the first sentence, you write the next.” It was meant to be nothing more than a warm up exercise for each of them to get started on their own projects, but soon, the story became far more interesting than what they were supposed to be working on and Sable Grace was born.
Both Heather and Laura reside in Florida, are happily married, and are, well, complete opposites. (Think the Odd Couple on crack here.) Still, there’s enough common ground for them to weave their words together in the voice of Sable Grace.
Where did you get the idea for Ascension? It seems like a very complex, dangerous world. Okay, so I’m a little bit jealous that I didn’t come up with this idea but I’ll get over it. Eventually 😉 The idea for Ascension started with a scene where the gates of hell were breached. Add in a bleeding woman, hiding in a trash bin to avoid whatever creatures killed her family, and you have the germ that created the Dark Breed novels. The woman hiding in the trash bin turned out not to be the heroine, but rather the Half Breed who rescued her that won that title.
How many books do you plan in the series? In our heads, we see ten. We’ll do as many as the readers and our editor wants J
Will the series follow Kyana, or will each book be about different characters? The first three books are Kyana, then the focus will shift to a new heroine, but throughout all the books, Kyana will visible to some extent. At the moment, we’re considering it a series of trilogies, but that will really depend on our editor and the readers.
And when can we expect book 2? We don’t have a firm release date for Dark Breed Book #2 yet, but it looks like January 2012. Soon as we have a firm title/release date, we’ll pass it on.
What’s your writing day like? Do you throw on your super-writer cape and wrestle your laptop with your lasso of creativity? More like wrestling the kiddos with the lasso and letting the creativity take care of itself. Really though, one of use typically writes one day and the other the next giving us time to work on other projects or tend to family needs that arise during the week. We’ve tried several different methods and this one seems to work well for us at the moment.
Your hero is a demigod…love, love, love demigods. Tell us more about him. Is he tough, sexy, and ready for love? Does he have a younger brother who’d like to meet a southern paranormal romance writer? *cough* Demgod’s are mega-hot, aren’t they! And Ryker is no exception. He’s not only tough, sexy, and ready for love—should the right woman decide she’s ready to take the risk—but he’s tall, sun-kissed, and smells like the ocean. And to just make him perfect, he doesn’t mind a woman telling him what to do . . .well, not all the time anyway. J
Tell us a bit more about Kyana. She’s half Vampire, half Lychen. Does this give her special powers? Can she go out in sunlight? That seems to be a bone of some concern among vampire readers. Kyana is a badass who craves power from the word go. She loves it when people whisper her name in awe—and it doesn’t matter that it’s usually out of fear and not respect. As a Vampyre, Kyana is bound by the rules of the breed. Which means no sunlight or she becomes toast. However, as a Lychen, she can shift to wolf form and sunlight’s no longer the enemy, but this has its own limitations, which cause more than a few problems for Kyana along the way.
If you had to live in the world you created, what race would you choose to be and why? Unless you already live there and you just hid your fangs from me at Nationals. Oh, we so hid our fangs J We’re both in agreement that Vampyre wins over Lychen hands down. Okay, and it’s not for the reasons many will think. It’s a simple one actually. We believe we’d look a whole lot better in leather than we ever would in a collar, and if you were to try and leash either one of us, you’d most likely draw back a nub. – Just a note here: Heather prefers to be a goddess, and if that failed, a Witch. But if she had to choose between Vampyre and Lychen, she’d choose Vampyre just so she wouldn’t have to lick her own a**.
What’s the hardest part of writing as a team? What’s the best part? The hardest part would have to be waiting. There are days you get this awesome idea for where the scene you just finished should go, but it’s not your day to write. Then, when you get the pages back, and the scene didn’t go where you planned but you like it anyway, you have to figure out how to use that get idea you had somewhere else. Depending on another person to meet your deadline is scary, too. Especially when one of the duo is anal and the other one….isn’t.
The best part: Every writer has written themselves in a corner and has no idea how the hell they’re going to get the characters out of the mess you got them into. As a team, that isn’t a problem ‘cause when you realize you hit a brick wall or find the floor coated with wet paint and no windows for them to crawl out of, there’s no hair pulling. You simply save the pages and pass it on because usually when this happens you find you’ve hit your page quota for the day and can giggle as you hit the send button.
Who are your favorite authors? Wow, this is a tough one. There are so many out there. All time favorites would be J.K. Rowling, Julie Garwood and Stephen King.
What inspired you to become a writer? Or were you abducted by aliens and implanted with a microchip that dictates your stories to you? *looks suspicious* Damn, knew we were missing something by not following those lights and strange noises in the night. Writing is something we were drawn to do from young ages. Poetry, lyrics, short stories, and novels, I think we’ve tried it all. I think you’re born with the bug and you either do it willingly or the voices in your head will drive you insane until you stop fighting and just put their stories down on the page.
Thank you, ladies!
I hope you’ve enjoyed the interview and that you’ll check out Sable Grace’s book, Ascension, out April 26, 2011! The ladies will be giving away three signed cover flats and one NetGalley (expiration date 4/25/11), so be sure to comment!
She is furious to learn her assignment comes with an escort… Ryker, a demigod and fierce warrior who long ago found a way under her skin and stayed there. In a shaky alliance, they discover an ancient cult with dangerous motive and a god who seeks to destroy all others. And as Kyana begins to feel the heat that threatens to bind her to Ryker, she knows she has to resist. For it could only mean the undoing of them both…