We’re on Day 2 (of 3) of The Thirteen Hallows Virtual Tour at My Bookish Ways, and today I’d like to welcome Michael Scott and Colette Freedman to the blog! They were kind enough to answer a few of my questions, and Tor/Forge is also offering up a copy of The Thirteen Hallows, so be sure to check out the giveaway details at the bottom of the post!
You’re both accomplished writers. What made you decide to collaborate on The Thirteen Hallows?
Colette- I’ve always been a big fan of Michael’s writing, especially his books Irish Folk and Fairy Tales and Irish Myths and Legends. Because we share the same manager, we ended up having a meeting, Michael read and liked a play I had written and, voila.
Michael- I write both novels and scripts and the main difference is that novel writing is essentially a solitary occupation whereas script writing is collaborative. And collaboration can be great fun. I’d been looking for someone to work with on the Hallows project, someone to bring a new energy and excitement to it, when I met Colette through our mutual manager. I read some of her work – including her astonishingly good Sister Cities – and knew that I wanted to work with her.
Can you tell us a bit about the writing process for The Thirteen Hallows? I’m always fascinated with how two writers collaborate!
Because we would be working on two different continents, we knew that the first step was to create a very detailed synopsis, breaking down the book to a chapter-by-chapter outline.
Michael flew to Los Angeles where we plotted out the book in detail and, then later, Colette flew to London where we physically visited all of the locations in the story and took hundreds of photos as a visual record.
We live in different countries and we make the eight-hour time zone difference work for us. Colette writes a chapter and emails it to Michael before he wakes up. Michael then tweaks it, doctors it, embellishes it and writes the next chapter, which he sends to Colette. She does the same with his chapters and we go back and forth until the book is complete.
The final document was prepared in a shared Google docs, where we can actually see one another editing the manuscript.
We then Skype almost every day, working through the plot points. Skype, and shared Google docs really helped make this book happen.
When you started The Thirteen Hallows, did you already have an idea of how many books would be in the series?
We’ve plotted out the first book and a sequel. As we were working through the plot for that, a third book began to formulate.
What is your most unusual writing quirk?
Colette- I drink a lot of coffee and snack while I work. Is that a quirk?
Michael- I have a huge music library and deliberately choose the piece of music to match the piece I’m writing. So, every book I write has its own “soundtrack.”
What are some of your biggest literary influences?
Colette – Chekhov, Shakespeare, Wendy Wasserstein, Roger Zelazny, Ray Bradbury,
Michael – Far too many to name. Those writers you read when you are young – Mark Twain, Andre Norton, H.P. Lovecraft, Edgar Rice Burroughs and Robert E Howard – have left their mark. More recently, I am in awe of China Miéville’s imagination and Joe R. Lansdale’s bravura storytelling skills.
What are you reading right now?
Colette – Tom McNeal’s To Be Sung Underwater
Michael- I’ve just finished Patrick Rothfuss The Wise Man’s Fear, and Joe Lansdale’s breathtaking All the Earth Thrown to the Sky.
What book would you like to read again for the first time?
Colette – Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude
Michael – Joseph Campbell The Hero with A Thousand Faces (though I will admit to reading it regularly.).
When you’re not writing, how do you like to spend your free time?
Colette – Reading, cooking, seeing movies, playing tennis, playing scrabble
Michael – Reading and traveling
Is there any news of upcoming events or projects that you’d like to share with us?
We are both planning world trips: Colette is planning to go to India and Italy. Michael is about to begin a round the world myth collecting trip.
Keep up with Michael: Website | Twitter
Keep up with Colette: Website | Twitter
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