Collaborative Writing: Whose Name Comes First?

This question was posed right when Becca and I started writing together. Whose name would be first on the book? For other writing duos it might be in alphabetical order or maybe the more famous of the two. It will always differ. Especially for us. We’re sisters. In fact, we’re twins. So you might be a little surprised why my name is first on the book. Let me answer some guesses that I’m sure you have before I reveal the truth 🙂

Krista, why does your name come before Becca’s on the book? 

Is it because you’re older? 

My Answer: Yes, I am older! By a whole minute! And I will continue to hold that over Becca’s head for forever. But I’m not cruel enough to bulldoze over her like a barbarian for the honor of being named first. So…no.

Is it because you wrote more of the book? 

My Answer: We contributed the same amount. Neither of us we’re taking tally but if I had to place my bets, I’d say Becca physically wrote more. Look, she’s got the English degree, she’s been writing longer, naturally she’s better suited for this lifestyle. If anyone believes I’m first because I’m the better writer or I wrote more, they are highly mistaken. I hold my own in terms of writing, but I will always contest that she’s better than me. So again…no.

Is it because you’re taller? 

My Answer: We’re twins! We’re the same height, dummy!

Is it because you’re smarter? 

My Answer: We are both equals on the intellectual front. I may be a little sharper in science and math, but she makes up for it with her English and Telecom wizadry.

Is it because you started writing the book first? 

My Answer: This is true. I wrote ADDICTED TO YOU first. The very first draft that was on life support until Becca got her hands on it. She added her own things, tweaked some characters, left some stuff, and then let me go back and edit. Then we edited some more. So…being first to the punch really doesn’t make a difference in terms of how we write.

Is it because you’re prettier? 

My Answer: We are identical twins. Enough said.

Is it because you threatened her? 

My Answer: What?! That’s a terrible thing to ask. The answer most certaintly is no. Meanies.

And the most obvious one: Is it because people refer to you as “Krista and Becca” and NOT “Becca and Krista”

My Answer: Surprisingly, this one is a big fat NO as well. Our names have always been interchangeable, and I can’t pinpoint an order that people usually use. In high school though (about to get a little psychological up in here) people wouldn’t refer to us by our first names at all. It was commonly either the Ritchie Twins or just the Twins (we didn’t have many sets of identical twin girls in our grade). Identity instantly lost in that case. But I digress…there is no particular order that people used for us.

So then why the hell is my name first???? 

The answer will either literally be the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard, or possible the funniest. So when we were deciding whose name would go first, it was a quick decision. We realized quickly that we didn’t want anyone to shorten the name down to B.K. because…let’s be honest that is Burger King. And if you’re like us and have seen “Generation Kill” it’s also slang for Baby Killer. So…there’s your little odd explanation.

Now if you ever read our books and think that I’ve somehow contributed more because my name is first, you’d be dead wrong. Becca is just as important and I argue with her about putting her name first on Goodreads at least (I’m forcing her for future books) so that she can get the type of credit she really deserves.

In the end, we are equal partners in crime and have equal contribution to the book. But someone’s name has to go first, and mine just happened to be there because of Burger King 😉

Early Kindle Release of Addicted to You!

So big news guys! If you already haven’t heard on Nawanda Files, our New Adult novel Addicted to You is now available on Kindle! We wanted to release it early at a bargain price of $0.99 so that everyone who has been pumped and excited about it, can snag a copy at a cheaper price. Yay!

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So we’re super excited that the book is now released to the world! It’s crazy that the day has finally come for other people to read our work. Also crazy news — just two days after Addicted to You was released on Kindle, it made the New Adult Top 100 Best-Sellers in Kindle books! That’s AMAZING. And we owe it all to our readers and supporters. We seriously couldn’t do any of this without you guys. So thanks and *hugs*

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The paperback will release on the official release date — July 1st! So lookout for that. Again, thanks for all the wonderful support. We’re seriously blown away by everyone’s generosity and excitement for Addicted to You. You all are awesome ❤

– Krista

Get Addicted Promo Tour Schedule!

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Addicted to You has a Get Addicted promo tour coming up! Check out the stops below:

May 27th:
Nawanda Files – Tour Kick-Off
Christy’s Book Addiction – Teaser
Dana Square – Interview

May 28th:
Book Briefs – Teaser
Emily’s Crammed Bookshelf – Interview
Icey Books – Excerpt

May 29th:
The Book Slayer – Guest Post

May 30th:
The Book Babe – Excerpt
Proserpine Craving Books – Interview + This or That

May 31st:
Books and Insomnia – Teaser

June 1st:
Gabic Reads – Guest Post

June 3rd:
Abibliophobic – Excerpt

June 4th:
Forever 17 Books – Excerpt

June 5th:
She Reads New Adult – Interview

June 6th:
Fiction Freak – Interview

June 7th:
Pen and Muse – Interview

June 8th:
Nawanda Files – Closing + Extra Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who’s participating 🙂

Addicted To You has a cover! Let’s Celebrate!

Here’s the moment you have all been waiting for…probably not (but we sure have)! We will now unveil the book cover for Addicted to You. 

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Thanks a ton to Hafsah at Icey Designs for working her magic and making our dream cover come to life. She’s a wizard…or just very magically 🙂 There’s a giveaway going on in celebration of the cover reveal. Head over to Nawanda Files to check it out!

Like the book cover? Who does the model remind you of? So far we’ve gotten Christina Ricci and Emma Watson. And I totally LOVE those comparisons! Sound off below!

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Finals Week. Less Blogging, More Studying.

It’s that nasty time of the year where brains turn to mush and bodies look like walking zombies shuffling into lecture seats. Finals! I’ve actually already pulled an all-nighter and took my very LAST science final today. Cell Biology was killer, and I ended up sleeping most of the day afterwards. But I still have more left and Becca hasn’t even started yet! What does that mean about blogging? Well, less of course. Which is why April was a sad month for posts over at Nawanda Files, and I’ve been a little MIA here.

So what does that mean about writing? Ehh…I’d like to say that studying trumps writing, but Becca and I can both attest to being consumed by our need to put words to paper. It’s an addiction, and sometimes we’re incapable of making smart choices. Like giving up those hours writing to study for a week. No regrets though! Only pain while taking the test after being zombified from cramming all night.

Are you in college and undergoing this torture? Or do you remember what it’s like? Before I leave you, here’s my general feeling towards finals.

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Tonight on TV. What We’ll Be Watching.

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So it’s no secret that Becca and I are TV buffs. Becca even writes for the CW Atlanta over on their blog. I can’t even tell you when our love for television and all things pop culture began. Maybe with the hunky Clark Kent on Smallville or possibly with those fiesty three witches on Charmed. But one thing is for sure — it was the WB. The network geared towards young adults will always be our favorite. So here’s a little at what we’re so excited for tonight:

Let’s be honest. If you’re a Vampire Diaries fan you know exactly what’s playing tonight. Not just any old episode of vampires and hybrides and dopplegangers. Nope. Tonight’s episode is a backdoor pilot for the could-be-future-show The Originals, featuring and starring our favorite vampire — Klaus!

We’re also big Klaroline fans, so here’s hoping to an episode that gives us some updates on the romance that is should be brewing.

So we’re not just writers. We’re also avid consumers of pop culture and media. What will you be watching tonight?

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Writing with Music. Why it can be bad.

Some people write with music, other’s find that it distracts them. I know that I can’t even begin to form sentences in silence. Music carries my writing process, making it so much easier. However, there’s a line between helpful and hurtful when it comes to tunes and typing. Good music will be background to the story that evolves inside my head. Becca can also attest to this. When you’ve found a great song to write to, it doesn’t influence your writing but it just allows you to keep up a momentum. It’s like the engine, but you yourself are the driver — leading the car down the different paths.

What you don’t want is for that engine to develop a brain of its own and go on auto-drive, choosing the roads for you. At least, in my experience with music and writing. I’ve had many scenes flip-flop tone once a depressing song switched on, and likewise all of a sudden my characters want to party down when an up-beat jam blares through my iPod. What?! No!

This is definitely when music can be a bad thing. I’ve learned that the hard way. So here’s some of the steps I’ve made to listening to music while I write:

  1. Only one song. That means the song will be on repeat until I suck the life from it. This eliminates any tone-jumps if the song switches. And if it’s a good writing song, then I’ll barely be listening to it while I write. Essentially it will become background noise.
  2. Instrumental songs are better. Becca actually leans towards the instrumental (no singing)  music more than me. But it helps a lot when you’re being distracted by all the singing. Plus, soundtracks and scores to movies can be highly epic to write with!
  3. Pick a song that fits the mood. If it’s a sad scene, I can’t have a party song in the background. My iPod has a majority of depressing music on it anyway, so I usually go for the somber beats.
  4. Be prepared for the aftermath. I realize this is vague, but what I mean is that writing with music can completely ruin a song. After I’ve worn out a fair share of my favorite beats, I’ll go back to them months or years later and listen again. What do I think of when I hear that song??? Yep, the book I was writing. In fact, if I start another book, writing with a previously used song is near impossible.

So those are the rules I follow. Usually I go for the softer tunes that can float away in the background. Here’s are some songs that I’ve written to and abused the repeat button far too much:

 

And here’s one of Becca’s Instrumental favorites:

Do you write with music? Do you have rules about your song choices? Or just what kind of music do you listen to? Seriously, I think I listen to everything — except country 😉

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