To celebrate their release of their newest book, Sweet Nothing, Jamie McGuire and Teresa Mummert came all the way to Texas so I could ask them a few questions. That’s a lie. This was done over email. Whatever.
I’ve read this book. I was shocked by this book. This book, in my opinion, is a great book. How many times can I say book in this blog post? Let’s see. I’m up to six.
First of all, CONGRATULATIONS to both of you! I know how hard it is to collaborate on a book with someone. But my partner is a vile, vicious and vain person, so it was complete torture. I can’t wait until January 26th when it’s over. Enough about me, though. YOU SURVIVED A COLLABORATION! So…my first question.
- How did Sweet Nothing come to be?
Teresa: Jamie and I had talked about writing something together but what really made us decide to do it, was when we realized we had similar stories in mind.
Jamie McGuire: I’d had the idea for two and a half years, and when Teresa and I discussed writing together, I thought it would be a good subject to co-write. When I told her my idea, she said she’d had a similar idea, and we meshed them together.
2) Who came up with the title for the book? Did the title come before the book?
Teresa: Jamie came up with the title. We knew how the book was going to end before we began writing anything so it was perfect.
Jamie: I came up with the title before we wrote the book.
3) Did you find it easier or more difficult to co-write?
Teresa: It was different. We live in different time zones so that posed a challenge. But it was really fun to have someone to bounce ideas off of and to get excited with when you think of a new twist.
Jamie: Any project, when accustomed to doing it alone, is more difficult when collaborating with another person. Compromise is essential. Teresa and I seemed to do that part effortlessly.
4) Did one of you write the male character and one write the female, or was it an even mix?
Teresa: I wrote Josh’s character and Jamie wrote Avery but we also went back through each other’s chapters and added along the way. It ended up being a very even mix and I think it really helped the story flow.
Jamie: We started out writing that way, but that stopped after chapter three.
4) Which one of you is responsible for the mind-fuckery?
Teresa: I felt like this was a pretty typical angsty love story up to the ending. We knew that twist would be a huge shock so we both worked really hard to keep the readers guessing.
Jamie: If you’re talking about the end scene, that would be me. #sorrynotsorry
5) Dump out the contents of your purse and take a picture so we can dissect it.
Teresa: My purse only contains keys and credit cards. (I need lots of room for snacks. I’m extremely pregnant. Don’t judge me!)
. <<< I apologize for these unnecessary periods. My picture wouldn’t stop intruding on the next question, so yeah. Moving on…
6)What’s your favorite book of all time?
Teresa: Is this a test? I feel like I’m being tested. I should probably say the bible or something. I try to read whenever I have time so it really is impossible to choose but there is one story that stands out I my mind. Innocents (Dusty) by Mary Elizabeth & Sarah Elizabeth is beautifully written. I discovered their story when it was plagiarized while it was still fan fiction. They have since self-published. If I had to shout out anyone, it has to be them because they had a really rough road to indie publishing.
Jamie: Pride And Prejudice
7) Do you prefer ebooks or dtb’s?
Teresa: I’m not sure what dtb stands for. It sounds kind of dirty but not in a good way. I read on my phone but if I love a book, I buy the paperback for my shelves.
(A DTB is a dead-tree book. Also referred to as print.)
8) If you could do a retelling of any classic novel, which one would you pick?
Teresa: I would retell Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, but I’d make her the age of consent as a plot twist. It would probably be pretty boring.
Jamie: Alice in Wonderland
9) Write the opening line to my next novel.
Teresa: “By the end of today, I will be dead.”
Jamie: “November nine brought me an ugly love, one that I confess slammed me hopelessly to the point of retreat.”
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