Saturday, September 15, 2012

Author Spotlight Featuring Jody Morse and Jayme Morse


   
Does writing together ever get difficult?

Jody: Absolutely. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. As hard as it gets, we also share a special bond because of it. It’s nice that I don’t have to keep secrets about what I’m writing to myself. When I get excited about an idea, I have someone to tell it to without spoiling it because she’s also a part of it. It’s pretty amazing.

Jayme: While we’re writing, we’re in a room together for the majority of the day (even as we’re answering these questions) and we can’t just take a break away from each other if we have a deadline. Sometimes it gets to be too much togetherness. But at the same time, I think it’s made our friendship stronger.

Have either of you considered writing separately?

Jody: I don’t think I could ever do it alone. Nothing I could write by myself would come out as good as it does when I write with her; we balance each other out. I’m a hopeless romantic. Too much of one, at times. Jayme’s a realist, and she loves action. If I were to write a book alone, it would probably turn out to be like a re-telling of a fairy tale, like Cinderella or something, set in a perfect world with no action or major conflict. Usually, she writes the action scenes and I write the kissing scenes. It’s just how we roll.

Jayme: (Laughs) Jody definitely would’ve turned all of our books into fairy tales if I didn’t have a say in it. We have so much fun writing together that I think if either of us were to do it alone, we would be bored to death. We have lots of new funny stories and inside jokes that stemmed from a typo or a scene that turned out funnier than we expected it to.

Do you ever have different ideas on how something should play out in a book?

Jayme: Of course! We try to compromise, especially when it comes to who our lead character should end up in a relationship with, but it’s not always easy. Other times, we fight for what we want until one of us caves. Like in the Howl series, Jody wanted to kill off a certain lead character (*Colby*, cough, cough), but after a lot of persuasion, she gave in and let him live. And now he’s one of her favorite characters!

Jody: (LOL) We have wars sometimes. We always seem to root for opposing love interests for our characters. But sometimes we switch sides. In the case of our series, the Briar Creek Vampires, I really wanted our main character, Lexi, to end up with a certain character. Jayme wanted her to end up with who she really does end up with (I won’t say who because I don’t want to spoil it). Well, halfway through the series, we both switched sides—I wanted who she originally wanted, and she wanted who I originally wanted. It was kind of funny. But sometimes, things just seem to fall into place on their own, and it’s not what either of us originally planned or hoped for.

You've covered vampires, werewolves, and sirens - what's next?

You can expect to see angels, fairies, witches, and mermaids from us in the relatively near future.There’s another vampire series in the works, which is a bit different from anything we have written in the past, coming out this winter. We also have some ideas outside of the paranormal genre; we’ll be dabbling in teen suspense and romantic suspense for adults.

Which indie authors inspire you most?

Jayme: I haven’t had the opportunity to read many Indie books (unless if fan fiction counts), except for Amanda Hocking, whose books I loved. I really admire JK Rowling and the world she created. I’ll always be appreciative of Stephenie Meyer because Twilight got me back into reading. I grew up reading a lot of Christopher Pike and R.L. Stine, and I think they inspired me to write in the first place.

Jody: There are many amazing writers who are Indies that I admire (HP Mallory, Darcie Chan, and Amanda Hocking to name a few), but there are also plenty of traditionally published authors who I’m inspired by as well. When I was younger, I read a lot of Lois Duncan, so I would definitely say she’s been a major influence of mine. I also love Sara Shepard and the crazy, suspenseful cliffhangers she throws into her books.

Websites:

Jody Morse
Jayme Morse

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