Good Day Readers I thought we’d switch gears and speak with writer A. Catherine Noon, in regards to her writing with a partner (Rachel Wilder) So, How long have you (and Rachel) been writing together, and how did you meet?
A: We’ve been writing together almost four years now. We met on a message board that centered around a series we both loved, and we didn’t get friendly right away. We got to know each other over time and then started beta reading for each other. After that, we started phone calls and I flew out to meet her, since we were talking about writing original fiction together.
I knew it would work when she met me at the airport. I called her and asked where to meet her and she said she was in baggage claim, under the Chippendales sign. My kind of writer!
Q: Do you each have a specific writing style?
A: I’m not sure how to answer that, since I write in so many different styles. It really depends on the story and the voice of the main character.
Q: What is your writing process? How do you come together to write as one voice?
A: We get asked this a lot and it’s a hard one to answer, because it’s such a personal process. We are on the phone or internet chat daily and we really are in each other’s heads. When we draft a story, the other one reviews the scenes; we don’t start editing until the main architecture is put together. Then, the editing and revision process help make things consistent and produce on coherent voice.
Q: What do you think is the biggest misconception in erotic romance fiction?
A: That it’s mommy-porn. What a sexist, ignorant comment that was – and it’s ironic it came from a man, putting down literature women like to read. I think erotic romance fiction is, first and foremost, about a search for connection and a search for excitement. To do that well, the story must be crafted well or it’s not plausible.
Q: To date which of your books was the hardest to write and why?
A: I think TIGER TIGER was the hardest to date. We had about 45% of it drafted but then changed directions, based on what we learned from writing BURNING BRIGHT and because the story changed in some fundamental ways. Trying to wrestle that into a coherent whole, and make sure it read consistently and not choppily, was really tough going. It’s a helluva lot easier to draft from the start to finish, rather than have to bridge stuff together.
Q: How did you come up with the title?
A: We were inspired by William Blake’s poem, Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright. We chose BURNING BRIGHT for the first book because we don’t reveal Neal’s a tiger until about chapter 19. Then there’s a whole mystery in TIGER TIGER that revolves around the…
Oh, sorry. Don’t want to spoil it for you. ~grin~
Q: What are your current projects?
A: Currently we are finishing EMERALD KEEP, which is the second book in the Persis Chronicles. After that, we come back to Chicago and TJ Butler, one of the tigers who appeared in the first two books.
Q: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
A: “Have to,” no. “Want to,” definitely. We’ve been to Madison, Wisconsin; Galena, Illinois; and Homestead, Iowa, all in pursuit of locations. When we plan trips, now, we figure out how to use them in stories. It’s a lot of fun. We hired a tour guide here in my town of Chicago, expressly to better understand the neighborhood where we put Burning Bright. Rachel and I have both lived in desert environments, which feature in our Persis Chronicles. I would love, one day, to take a trip on Virgin Galactic so I can get first hand experience of space flight. We both love to travel.
Q: Do you have any advice for other writers?
A: Ignore what anyone says, and write your heart out. Put your truth on the page. Keep writing, no matter what happens. Jody Lynn Nye, one of my favorite writers and an awesome instructor, has a workshop entitled “Not Unless the House Is On Fire.” She’s right, you know. Make writing a priority and hold onto it with all four feet. You can do it.
Q: Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?
A: The Chicagoland Shifters series:
Book 1 BURNING BRIGHT, available from Samhain Publishing.
Book 2 TIGER TIGER, available from Samhain Publishing. An All Romance eBooks Bestseller!
The Persis Chronicles:
Check out EMERALD FIRE, available from Torquere Books.
Watch for “Seeking Hearts”, coming soon from Torquere Books.
Check out “Taking a Chance”, available from Torquere Books.
Check out COOK LIKE A WRITER , available from Barnes and Noble.
My links: Blog | Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Amazon | LinkedIn | http://www.pandora.com/#!/profile/a.catherine.noon
Knoontime Knitting: Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Ravelry
Noon and Wilder links: Blog | Website | Facebook
The Writer Zen Garden: The Writers Retreat Blog | Forum | Facebook | Twitter
Publishers: Samhain Publishing | Torquere Press