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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Husband and Wife Writing Team

The other day I had the honor of doing a booksigning and sitting next to Tori Carrington aka Lori & Tony Karayianni, who write for Blaze and now have ventured into single titles. First of all, I have to say that they are the two most delightful people I've met in a long time. I also wondered how in the world can a husband and wife write together, day in and out. But just seeing the two of them together, answered my questions. Tony is Greek and his beautiful accent is catching. Lori has a great sense of humor. They both do, and as they gave a little chat about their lives, the writing business, and how they tend to take risks, I saw how they work together.


But as a team, I found that Lori does most of the writing and Tony does the plotting. They usually do a series of books, and have to use threads and tie-ins from their characters to continue the series to its conclusion. For that, you need a master plotter, and as they say, two heads are better than one!

What floored me entirely was when Lori said that they write 8 books a year. Now, that's impressive, but she went on to say after the book is plotted, it takes two weeks. TWO WEEKS! The books are 75,000 words. And these are highly successful, award winning authors. Still, two weeks?

And as they ventured into the world of single title, having their first hardback title, they say that the writing had to slow down. They wrote that book in one year.

I'm impressed with the two of them. They have been doing this for over twenty years, working and writing and promoting together. I wondered how many of us could work with our husbands? If my husband wanted to -- I think I'd love it. Though he's not a writer, he always helps me with plot. And he'd love to stay home and help me with the business of writing. Maybe one day....


Shelli Stevens said...

Wow, that is pretty impressive! I don't know if I could do a writing team, although tons of people do it I've heard. I'm Shelli, by the way, one of the authors at Cobblestone Press. I had to say hi again and how excited we are to have one of your books! :)

Charlene Sands said...

Hi. Thanks for the nice welcome to Cobblestone. I'm happy to be there and actually, just today in my online class, told them to check out the site.

Writing teams amaze me. I'd love to write with a partner one day! Tony and Lori were just such a delight.