I’ve never taken a poll or anything, but I’m going to go out on a limb and say that most writers are solitary creatures. We spend a lot of time inside our own heads to get our work done, so (speaking for myself here) conversations with real, live human beings can sometimes feel burdensome. Imagine for a moment what it might take to actually open up enough to work with another writer. Collaborating on a creative process is not something I’ve ever been particularly eager to do. I like tunneling in and blocking out the world, and at those times when I’m in that smooth, easy writing space, it feels almost meditative. So to invite someone into that space is a huge deal. And to be invited by someone else to enter their space, an even bigger deal.
When The Black invited me into his sanctum sanctorum, I couldn’t refuse. I enjoy his work immensely and respect the way he has with words so this opportunity was too big to pass up. The opportunity is this: write a series of shorts with him over a period yet to be determined, with him handling the male point of view, and me handling the female perspective.
The result — our collaboration — is Duets, a new section on both our blogs consisting of short, sensual pieces that we think will resonate with both our core audiences.
The first collaborative piece, Lovers, begins on his blog here, and continues on mine, here. We’ll do a chapter at a time until the story is complete, and then we’ll move on to the next story. It requires you to do some blog-hopping, but we promise it will be worth the while. Leave us comments, and let us know what you think, both about the story as it evolves, and about this experiment in literary à deux.
The Black is the author of Dream Girl, A Southern Belle: Forbidden, Elle (Insatiable: Book One), Golden (Insatiable: Book Two), the Passion series, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, The Rock and many other novels and novellas.
Visit The Black’s Amazon Author Page here.