Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop on the Blog Tour for You, Me & Mr. Blue Sky By Elisa Lorello, Craig Lancaster and I would like to share a guest post written by the authors, with all of you. Thank you very much to Tracy from Compulsive Readers for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Missouri Breaks Press
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: 27 01 2019
Price*: Kindle £3.89 (GBP)/ Paperback £12.95 (GBP)
Kindle $4.94 (USD)/ Paperback $14.95 (USD)
Free on Kindle Unlimited!!!
Pages: ~ 254
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Description of the book: Jo-Jo Middlebury is done with love. Linus Travers wants one more shot at it. Mr. Blue Sky, their 1970s-loving guardian angel, offers perspective on both when he’s not busy diving into reruns of “Happy Days” and “Barney Miller.”
Linus can save Jo-Jo’s business, but Jo-Jo makes it clear that she needs no one to rescue her, least of all him. Add to that an ex-fiancé with a change of heart, a single mom who wants a good time, and a married couple who’ve blurred the boundaries of their respective friendships with Linus and Jo-Jo.
All the while, Mr. Blue Sky observes, explains, and ever-so-gently interacts.
Written by wife-husband novelists Elisa Lorello and Craig Lancaster, You, Me & Mr. Blue Sky is a warm-hearted, humorous dive into the depths of love and the mysteries of how two people find their way to each other.
Guest Post: On Collaboration
Collaborating on a book or other writing project is a lot like getting married—it requires commitment, trust, common values, and a shared vision. You may think collaborating with a friend would be ideal, but this isn’t always the case. The same is true for collaborating with a spouse. The mechanics of the marriage may work, but writing a book together requires a different kind of chemistry.
Luckily for husband-and-wife novelists Craig Lancaster and Elisa Lorello, who began as friends, they were good writing collaborators on the page as well as in life. With a combined 21 books between them, they were no strangers to storytelling, but they had to tackle a book to see if they could write together.
Tips on good collaboration based on their experience:
Have a shared vision for the story.
Some writers like to outline and storyboard before they write a single word. If you’re a “pantser” and your writing partner is a “planner,” this may pose some problems. Also, make sure you agree on the direction of the story, its characters, their conflicts, etc. We had good idea of what the story was going to be about, but we also had a great time, setting the other person up chapter after chapter, scene after scene. There needs to be a lot of trust in the other person’s instincts to be able to work like that.
Know your partner’s writing style.
We read each other’s books before we got together as a couple. (In fact, Elisa often joke that she fell in love with Craig’s writing before I fell in love with him; the reverse is also true.) We each have different strengths and different styles; he’s really good at scene-setting and puts words together in a literary way, while Elisa is good at dialogue and moving the story along in a way that is clear, concise, and fluent. You don’t have to enter a collaboration with the same writing style, but you do have to be able to walk away having created one overall “voice” so that the reader can’t tell who wrote what.
Know who’s doing what.
Are you taking turns with chapters or scenes? Is one person outlining or researching while the other person is drafting or editing? Elisa’s writing partner in Why I Love Singlehood was the way more organized of the two, so Elisa relied on her when it came time to organize the manuscript, while her partner, Sarah Girrell, relied on Elisa to take care of the publishing responsibilities. With You, Me & Mr. Blue Sky, Craig and Elisa alternated writing the chapters, he copyedited, and both worked on rewrites and proofreading.
Among other things, the key to writing success has to involve enjoying the process. If you find yourself dreading the time, laughing very little, trying to undermine your partner or feeling undermined by him/her, then this probably isn’t a good collaboration.
About the authors: Elisa Lorello is a Long Island native, where she grew up with five brothers and a sister. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and taught rhetoric and writing at the college level for more than ten years. She is the author of eleven novels, including the bestselling Faking It; a memoir; and a book about writing. She has been featured in Montana Quarterly and Rachael Ray Every Day magazines, and in Jane Friedman’s blog series 5 On. She continues to speak and write about her publishing experiences and to teach the craft of writing and revision.
Craig Lancaster is the author of nine books of fiction, including the bestselling series of novels featuring the character Edward Stanton (600 Hours of Edward, Edward Adrift, Edward Unspooled) as well as a collection of short stories. He is also a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers as both a writer and an editor. His work has been recognized by the Montana Book Awards, the High Plains Book Awards, the Utah Book Awards, the Independent Publisher Book Awards and others.
He grew up in North Texas. Before writing fiction, he worked at newspapers big and small in Texas, Alaska, Kentucky, Ohio, California, Washington, and Montana.
Website: www.craig-lancaster.com / Twitter: @AuthorLancaster / @ElisaLorello
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