I'm always amazed when some one asks me who is the better writer in our co-authoring pair. They don't ask what my strengths are as opposed to hers. They don't ask how our skills compliment each other. Nope, they simply, with a straight face and no sense of social propriety, want to know one of us is more talented. Okay, if they have the balls to ask, then I will cowgirl up and answer them.
ME!!! . . no so just kidding!.
The real answer is -- It depends on who you ask. You ask me, and I will say Lindsay. You ask Lindsay, she will say me.
Why is that? Simple, because like every author -- new, established, or award winning -- we all tend to be harsh on ourselves, question our choice of words, the placement of a scene, the consistency of our characters emotions. What one of us sees as useless page clutter, the other sees as literary genius.
That is not to say that we each don't have our own talents. I am good with description; Lindsay is good with emotion. I write strong dialogue but always manage to screw up the tags. Lindsay is a tag genius, knows exactly when the emotion needs to be spelled and when to pull back. She likes short, edgy sentences; I'm all about the comma :) In the end it is all good.
Oh yes . . . Almost forgot. Lindsay and I launched our co-author website yesterday!! yawriters.com I have never seem Lindsay so excited about a website in my life. She threw confetti and celebrated by tweeting everywhere about it. I
had a stomach bug so I barely managed to get my head out of the toilet
long enough to hit the publish live button. Check it out. I'd love to hear your thoughts.