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Nichols and Ashcroft Newsletter – Aug 2019

Last updated on July 13, 2022

RWA has come and gone and we have rolled into August.  RWA was a
great experience. We spent the time making new friends, learning at workshops and panels, After RWA we spent a few days in an awesome house about an hour north of New York City. We drank a lot of wine and bonded with our City Owl sisters.

We did a book signing at RWA and had quite a few people come to our table and get a book. One questions almost everyone asked was: “How do the two of you write together?” or a variation thereof.

So here’s our answer if anyone was wondering. 

Dani and I met online in an IRC room for comic books. Now most of the people in the chat read and wrote comic book fanfiction.  Being two of only a handful on during the overnight hours, we started writing Marvel fanfiction together. That was 19 years ago. At one point we turned to each other and said, why not write something we can get published. Hence our transition from fanfiction to novels.

Once we started writing novels we discovered our strengths and how our writing styles complimented each other. I love to worldbuild, outline, and plot. I love writing first drafts. I plough ahead and get everything out. Dani is more of an editor/reviser. She gets the rough draft from me and goes through it. Adding in descriptions, changing wording and structure, and overall making it prettier. She also finds plot holes which I miss. Then she sends it back to me and I go through it again. Then I send it back to her and repeat. When we finally think it’s ready, we query/submit and keep our fingers crossed.

So that’s it. That’s our secret.

People have said they couldn’t tell who wrote what parts and we tell them that’s because we been writing together for so long.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. We will gladly answer them!
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