Please welcome Neal Baer and Jonathan Greene
Gentlemen thank you so much for taking the time to answer just a few questions about your new novel.
Debbie - You both obviously work well together in television production, where did the idea for co-authoring a novel come from?
D - How is writing together different from working together on the tv set?
N&J-In the case of KILL SWITCH, it wasn't much different. TV writing requires many passes to hone the story and characters; so did writing KILL SWITCH. In some ways, writing a novel is easier; your focus is solely on the written page and not on casting, directing, lighting, wardrobe, makeup, props and editing. However, the challenge of writing a novel is that all elements rest on the novelist -- we must describe in prose what our characters are wearing, we must paint a picture of the scene only in words. TV allows you to show a reality; in a novel it’s all in the reader's head.
D -How did you split up work on the novel?
N&J -Our process is one of writing and constantly rewriting. We spend hours together talking through the plot points, writing and rewriting the outline and then writing the chapters. Jon wrote the first chapters and I rewrote them. In the last third we alternated writing and rewriting each other's chapters.
D - Will there be more co-authored novels in the future for you?
N&J -Yes! Two more novels -- at least -- with our protagonist Dr. Claire Waters are in contract. We will write those together as well. In the next book, Claire will be faced with another mystery that will test her abilities as a forensic psychiatrist and put her in grave danger.
D -Are you planning any B&N book signings?