In the beginning, K.R. was already an accomplished, published author. T.L., not so much. T.L. was a full-time minister, working with at-risk families. So how did we end up as a writing duo you ask? It’s all K.R.’s fault, I assure you!
A little history about us: K.R. and I are best friends; sisters by choice. We have known each other for many years now, and are ‘mom #2’ to each other’s kids. Together, we have gone through many triumphs and a few tragedies.
K.R. has the gift of writing, she really does. Her fingers slide over the keyboard like a concert pianist over the keys of a baby grand. In ‘her’ creative writing class, she was given an assignment that changed ‘our’ life. She and I came up with the story idea together, and she did not hesitate to say to me (and I remember this vividly) “You do the research and I’ll do the writing.”
Me, research? Okay. I can get into that, it’ll be a fun project. It’s only a week. So, I did a ton of research, she writes what is essentially Chapter 2 of the book, and presents it to the class. Her instructor (who is a two-time Rita Award winning author) looks her in the eye and says “If you don’t make this into a novel, you’re an idiot. This is a best-selling idea.”
And the rest is history as they say. And looking back, it really didn’t take her that long to convince me. You see, I was already hooked on the story and wanted to see where it would lead.