A Second Chance For Love A Sea Glass Bay Romance Anthology will be released next month.Interestingly, it was a collaboration between 4 authors; Anna J. Stewart, Kayla Perrin, Melinda Curtis and Cari Lynn Webb. Melinda Curtis responded to our interview questions below;
- Whose idea was it to compose this anthology? Lezli Robyn came up with the idea for a Mother’s Day anthology. I suggested we write about four friends and connect the stories. Anna J. Stewart created the location and town name – Sea Glass Bay, located on the northern California coast. Cari Lynn Webb came up with the idea for a market set in the historic district of town. Kayla very good-naturedly went along with the idea.
- Can you describe the collaboration process? We each created a hero and heroine and then brainstormed ways to figure out how they might be linked in a small town. We also didn’t want to step on anyone’s timeline toes, so we decided to write in one week increments leading up to Mother’s Day. We emailed each other back and forth with details and questions. Cari created a retirement community and I jumped on the chance to add that community to my hero’s mother’s backstory. I created a bar my hero runs and one of Anna’s characters made a visit. It’s important to connect the stories on as many levels as possible for reader enjoyment.
- What are some of the pros and cons of working with other authors? The con is that it’s more work. It’s critical to read each other’s work to ensure places and town atmosphere are represented consistently. That goes for characters, too. Every author has their own voice. I tend to write take-charge heroes that another author might find too bossy (i.e., a jerk). In that example, you need to work together. I’d soften my hero’s edges and have another author tone down his “jerk-ness.” The pro is that each author brings an added dimension of richness that can be exciting to work with.
- What can we expect from you in the future? My latest release is Dream a Little Dream from Forever Romance. It’s about a bull-riding champion trying to reunite with his high school sweetheart. My next release is Caught by the Cowboy Dad from Harlequin Heartwarming (June). It’s about a silver fox hero (single dad age 38) who’s long-distance ex-girlfriend winds up pregnant and his coming to terms with being a dad of a college student and a baby.