A Winning Team
I’ve always thought that writing a book was the result of one person’s work, but nothing is further from the truth. There’s practically a village full of people, working behind the scenes, to bring an author’s work to the book shelf. These lovely people include agents, editors, designers, illustrators, friends, family, freelancers and the office tea girl/boy. They deserve a blog post of their own. Today though, I wanted to talk about the writer.
When some of my friends started writing books with other authors I wasn’t sure if it was for me. Then my agent told me about Jeff Norton. Jeff had created a story about a magical island, inhabited by talking horses. The story was packed full of ponies, magic, friendships and danger. Jeff was looking for a writer to share his adventure with him. The moment I heard Jeff’s idea I wanted that writer to be me.
And so Chloe Ryder was born. A partnership between Jeff Norton and Julie Sykes.
It was the start of a long and exciting journey. Jeff and I rode magical, giant seahorses to the island of Chevalia, where we met Princess Stardust, her best friend Pippa MacDonald, (a real live girl), a flying pony and a whole stable full of baddies too.
I’ve LOVED working as a writing team. It’s been such fun sharing someone else’s vision, bouncing ideas around together, then converting them into stories. Jeff and I have written six Princess Ponies books now. The first one, A Magical Friend, publishes this week Hopefully there will be more.
How do you feel about being part of a writing team? Have you ever written a book, or story, with someone else? Would you like to?