Beyond our names, Talon and I are dear friends, playmates, and co-authors. We live far apart, but we do our best to get together as often as we can. The in-person time is rarely spent actually writing, but it often spurs on new stories or stubborn unfinished work. And it renews connectedness that we both cherish.
For the writing itself, Talon writes solo, but mostly in fandom. I write more solo erotica, whenever I have time and motivation. We say a bit more about co-writing here, for those interested.
The purpose of this post is to acknowledge and celebrate the joys, struggles, and compromises of co-authorship:
JOY: Talon and I are thrilled to share that "Charity Case," a story we co-wrote a year or so back, will be published in Burning Book Press's forthcoming Blasphemy anthology. There couldn't be a better fit for our tale of pretty, streetwise boywhore Case and do-gooder Pastor Mike, who meet while Case is smoking a post-client cigarette in the alley beside his apartment one early New York morning. Case puts the pastor through some very necessary x-rated self-examination. We're so glad Harper Eliot enjoyed our blasphemous tale and will be including it in her anthology. As heathens ourselves, we can't wait to read the whole book!
STRUGGLE: Our beloved novel Turning Trick is on stand-by at the moment. About 2/3 written and a labor of love, we haven't had the necessary mojo to get through the difficult bits--including the action scenes and in-between chapters that flesh out characters and keep the reader anxiously waiting and wondering about the fate of our boywhore anti-heroes.
The same is true of the second and third books of our Nick/Angelo trilogy. As Storm Moon Press has put the first volume out of print, we'll likely be aiming in future for a single long novel with a new publisher in future. We have so much more to say about these guys, but we need time when we are both free to write and feeling good about self and world.
COMPROMISE: We're hard at work on a contemporary Master/servant story among male canine anthromorphs Alain and Kane that owes some of its intensity to our Inuyasha yaoi. And I'm working to tempt Talon into a new, gay SF tale of a lonely space pilot and the young man he buys through the company store.
Through it all, we hope readers enjoy what we write as much as we enjoy writing it, despite and because of the compromises and struggles that bring us to the joys.