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Todays' guest is a two-for-one: the authors Dianne Fox and Anah Crow, who have co-authored many books. They'll talk to you today about some of the trials of organising their publications - as if we authors can plan these things to the day LOL.



And if you're interested in their fiction, please sign up for their lovely newsletter (link below): there are exclusive snippets of their new books and all the coming soon details.

(yes, I know I'm due to get the next newsletter of my own out soon *g*)


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Anah and Dianne have been sharing a sandbox since 2003 and their only regret is that they didn't meet many years ago when the amount of time they spend in their imaginary worlds would have been considered perfectly normal. Dianne organizes their shared toys and makes them pretty, Anah blows them up (or buries them or drowns them or drops meteors on them). Fortunately, their escapades have translated quite well into story format and together they have written a number of well-received novels and shorter pieces.

In other aspects of life they continue to illustrate the old adage that "opposites attract". Dianne is owned by her cats, Anah is at the mercy of her dogs; Dianne can't do without her beloved Macs, Anah carries on an illicit relationship with a trio of PCs behind her Mac's back; Dianne spends her days chasing children, Anah avoids them whenever possible. The main thing they have in common, after their writing, is their fondness for each other.

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"It never rains, but it pours."

That was our holiday season. Of course we had the usual holiday events -- there were gifts to be made, there was cooking to be done, Dianne's in-laws were in town, Anah got sick...

And then the edits for one of our upcoming novels came in from our editor at Samhain. Trammel is the second book in the Foundations of Magic series and our editor had pointed out quite a few spots that needed work because we'd forgotten the readers couldn't, you know, read our minds. Oops. So we had three weeks to get that done. No problem, right?

Well, Anah got sick and that delayed things a little, but not too badly. We got an extension of three days from our fantastic editor.

In the last week before we had to turn in the Trammel edits, we got news that we needed to fill out some forms for Carina Press related to what was then an upcoming release: One Real Thing. So in between revising scenes and expanding character motivations, we carved out the time to figure out some interesting tidbits Carina could post on their Twitter and Facebook feeds, and wrote a post for Carina's blog. So far so good.

Then the edits arrived for Going the Distance, a novella we've got coming up next month from Amber Allure. There was some whining, we admit, but mostly we just both took deep breaths and resolved to not even open the file until we'd finished the Trammel edits.

This is not the first time this has happened to us, either. No matter how we plan, at least once a year our edits and promo work coalesce in a space that is anything but a lull in our daily lives. It's enough to cause anyone to develop a complex, or at least a mild neurosis--we have enough of those, thanks. However, we do learn from our past trials, so this was a learning experience at the least.

There's a happy ending, though! We finished the Trammel edits on time (with the three day extension, which we stuck to even when our wonderful editor offered a few more days), finished all the forms for Carina Press, One Real Thing has arrived, and we even managed to finish the edits for Going the Distance.

...too bad we don't have time for a nap.


To learn more about Anah and Dianne and their work:
Websites: Anah Crow and Dianne Fox
Twitters: Anah and Dianne
LiveJournals: Anah and Dianne
Fox & Crow Newsletter: subscribe here.



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AND JUST FOR FUN, A FICTION PROMPT CALL...!!

Like to stretch your writing fingers after Christmas' excesses? Take the prompt "A NEW RESOLUTION" and write something for the visitors this month. It can be anything from a flashfic 3 sentences to a drabble of 100 or so, or even more. Any genre, any theme, any rating, any character(s). Maybe ones you already love, maybe the chance to try on a new character for size.

Depending on how many (if any!) contributions we get, I'll post them during the month or all in the last week. Just send them in to me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and we'll go from there :).




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Follow this month with Clare - and the goodies so far:

JAN 01: A FREE short from me, revisiting Nic and Aidan from Sparks Fly.
JAN 01: Delicious m/m icons from luscious_words.
JAN 02: Why I want to be a Bond villain! by chrissymunder.
JAN 03: The world of inspiration between 'historical' and 'contemporary' with stevie_carroll.
JAN 04: Some fascinating Swedish proverbs from 1more_sickpuppy.
JAN 05: A round-up of a great year just gone from angelasstone.
JAN 06: The countryside and history that inspires author sandra_lindsey.

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Check up on the original post and the Guest Schedule for January HERE.

Want to join in but missed the original call? Email me at clarelondon11 AT yahoo.co.uk and I'll happily find you a space ♥

NOTE: most pictures chosen by me and credited where known, others may be used without direct permission, please contact me with any queries/concerns.

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stevie_carroll
Jan. 7th, 2011 11:26 am (UTC)
Oh, the joys of converging deadlines. Here at the Day Job people have finally woken up again and remembered that I exist. Of course everything has to be done right now, and I bet they've been sitting on half those projects since early December. Plus that's always the moment all my non Day Job stuff decides to implode too...

Everything will get done, but I doubt I'll get much rest either. ;-)
diannefox
Jan. 7th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
*laugh* Yeah, that sounds like how I expect our January to go, too. So much fun, exciting stuff...of course it all happens at once!

Good luck getting everything done without completely exhausting yourself. :)
egret17
Jan. 7th, 2011 02:16 pm (UTC)
I just finished One Real Thing and loved it! :)
diannefox
Jan. 7th, 2011 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear that. Thanks! :)
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diannefox
Jan. 7th, 2011 04:31 pm (UTC)
Anah and I are definitely opposites but it works well for us. I'm so glad to hear we're not the only opposite writing pair out there!

As for getting everything done... Well, as soon as we finished that stuff, more tasks arrived in our inboxes. Good thing we like to keep busy! ;)
anahcrow
Jan. 7th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
It really amazes me the way things pile up like that... and this is with
Dianne being super, super organized. :)

I think it helps to have that opposites attract thing going on. There's
fewer clashes when you're fulfilling different roles in the process.
chrissymunder
Jan. 7th, 2011 03:45 pm (UTC)
It's always interesting to read about successful collaborations. And authors with great juggling skills!
anahcrow
Jan. 7th, 2011 05:38 pm (UTC)
I've been so happy the way this continues to work out. Not only have our
own writing voices remained unique from our joint voice, but we seem to
have a good range of voices for our joint work. It's so interesting.

The juggling skills are mostly due to Dianne being ultra organized. And,
sometimes, the fact that I can read/write like a speed demon.
essayel
Jan. 9th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
Fascinating to hear about your creative process. Getting one work/home life/writing system balanced is hard, coordinating two must be excruciating. Congratulations on managing it.
luscious_words
Jan. 10th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC)
Just remember to breathe...so you can keep writing. :)
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