Both women had successful writing careers on their own for a number of years. But along the way, they felt something was missing in all those hours they spent getting to do something as cool writing for a living. Something like – fun.
It’s not as though they didn’t like writing by themselves. Genie had already published a number of books including several award winning romantic suspense novels and a mystery. Linda came from the world of television where she’d written everything from comedy to reality to news. And they both knew a thing or two about romance, or at least they thought they did. So for two best friend writers who liked to talk romance it was just a small – albeit relatively work intensive -- step to actually writing about it.
A romantic suspense novel, to be exact.
The way they figured, with all the differences in the way men and women think, there was bound to be a little suspense to any romance. They just wanted to push the envelope a little -- to situations, and love interests, that were beyond what could happen to them in their everyday lives. It was just a simple matter of finding the right romantic story where in the end everything comes out all right. Meaning, of course, the way they want it to. As women and writers, Genie and Linda say -- what could be better?
Many of their friends, and a few total strangers, have asked them why they want to write together. After all, doesn’t writing conjure up images of sitting alone in a room, an intense internal struggle raging inside the writer’s head?
Genie and Linda admit they do struggle. They just do it loudly. Together. In fact, it can seem like they’re having an awful time when in actuality they love the exchange, talking about what romance means to them, what sizzles, or what keeps them in suspense. They also love that when one of them is a little off, the other steps in.
The women say that what they are basically doing is telling each other stories; about their past, their hopes and dreams, other people’s lives whose emotions reflect their own experiences. They also get to dish on the juicy stuff -- favorite romantic getaways, how they like the men in their lives to treat them, what turns them on. Yes, that means they are essentially gossiping, but its all in the service of telling a good story.
And isn’t telling a good story and sharing feelings what friendship’s all about? Genie and Linda both agree, whether they were writing together or not, they’d be sharing.
As Anais Nin famously said “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” When Genie and Linda write, they do just that.
The way they see it, friends take the ride that is life together, including the hard work and the discouragements;