The Writers’ Breakfast by Nico Rosso
I often get asked what it’s like having two writers in the same household. Answer: Awesome.
Even when we’re not writing a series together, as my wife Zoë Archer and I did with the Ether Chronicles, we’re both very involved in each other’s processes. From plotting to character development to edits, shop talk is always flying.
But we don’t keep business hours. Inspiration can strike any time. It isn’t unusual for the two of us to be talking or watching a cooking show when one of us goes quiet, finds a notebook and has to write something down.
The best example of this is the meal that sets the tone for the day: breakfast. When one or the both of us is deep into the latest project, writing pages every day, breakfast is usually simple and relatively quick. We’ll chat a little about what we’re working on, or just wordlessly eat our toast, and drink our tea (or coffee – depending on how early inspiration had grabbed us that day).
Usually on those days, we’ll talk about the work after we’ve gotten it out of our systems. Going over it too much while it’s still happening can diffuse the power of the words. We save it up, eating and silently plotting the next move or line of dialogue. And because we both recognize the process, there’s no intrusion.
Before we get to that stage of writing, though, breakfasts are a bit more raucous. If we’re plotting, we try to get out to eat. Coffee shops are the best places. Noisy with the clatter of dishes and orders being shouted. And plenty of coffee flowing. All that caffeine and the energy of the people around us is inspirational.
What the other diners might hear could be a little strange, though. In the case of Zoë’s SKIES OF GOLD, I’m sure we were talking about things like bolt action ether rifles, how long would Fletcher’s beard be, Kali’s automated hearth and what a group of airships warring over Liverpool would look like. Plot and details would spin and spin. Everything from the mysterious pasts of the hero and heroine to the kinds of clothes they would wear.
Not that any of the other diners would get the same experience as reading the whole book. For them, getting only small details would be like eating French toast without syrup. Now that it’s done, though, I hope the complete book satisfies like a twelve course meal.
Zoë and I are working on pages for our next projects, so the breakfasts are pretty quiet. But as soon as it’s time to start plotting the books, you can be sure we’ll be out in the diner, pancakes in front of us, coffee at our sides, and notebooks ready.
So what kind of breakfasts do you like, quiet and pensive, or high energy?
Nico can be found at:
- Website: http://nicorosso.com
- Twitter: @Nico_Rosso https://twitter.com/Nico_Rosso
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nico-Rosso/113422452057013
Zoë can be found at:
- Website: http://zoearcherbooks.com
- Twitter: @Zoe_Archer https://twitter.com/Zoe_Archer
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zoe.archer1
Skies of Gold: The Ether Chronicles Book 5
By: Zoe Archer
Available August 6, 2013 From Avon Impulse
Blurb: Two Lonely Hearts…
Kalindi MacNeil survived the devastating enemy airship attack that obliterated Liverpool, but even her engineering skills can’t seem to repair her broken heart. Seeking to put her life back together, Kali retreats to a desolate, deserted island—only to discover she’s not alone. Captain Fletcher Adams, an elite man/machine hybrid, a Man O’ War, crashed his battle-damaged airship into this deserted island after Liverpool, never expecting to survive the wreck. But survive he did.
Believing he is nothing but a living weapon, Fletcher is wary of his new-found companion—a pretty, damaged, but determined young woman. Together they are stranded on the deserted island, and it is only a matter of time until desire gets the best of both of them. Soon Kali and Fletcher find they may be just what the other needed. But a danger from beyond the island puts them to the test. Will it rip them apart or bond their hearts forever?
Zoë Archer has always loved stories of adventure, but she didn’t love how most of the women depicted in these stories had a nasty habit of screaming, fainting, being kidnapped by the bad guys, pulling the wrong lever, falling overboard, and generally being pains in the butt. So when it came time for Zoë to write her stories of adventure and romanc
e, she wanted to make sure that her heroines were just as kick-ass and capable as the heroes, and that the heroes loved them for it—which is exactly what she writes. From historical paranormal adventure, to steampunk, to sci-fi, to historical romance, Zoë writes confident heroines and sexy heroes in waistcoats and tall boots.
For her novel REBEL, she received a RITA Award nomination for Best Paranormal Romance. Her historical romance LADY X’S COWBOY won the Book Buyers Best Award for Best Historical & Regency Romance. SCOUNDREL also received a starred review and Pick of the Week from Publisher’s Weekly.
Zoë earned her MFA in Fiction from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, but she’s lived almost her entire life in California. In fact, she and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, currently live in Los Angeles. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys baking, spending too much time on the Internet, and attempting to amass the world’s largest boot collection.
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