Which One’s Barbara, Which One’s Jean?

We’ve had a lot of people asking us about what it’s like to collaborate & work together, who contributes what, how do you combine two perspectives to make on cohesive story that flows well & makes sense.

We talk.  A lot.  Out loud.  Sometimes at the same time.  We laugh a lot.  We find that as we bounce around ideas, a new direction comes into view with a plot twist, & a new scene develops.  Usually when one of us gets stuck, the other spurs on a new situation & it switches all the time.  Then there’s times when we both run dry, we put down the pen, pick up the wineglass & call it a day.

On the whole, we share the vision for the concept of our series of stories.  We both individually have a great love & passion for the place, the time, the social aspects, the clothes, the community we’re creating.  Work shared is work halved & we’re discovering sometimes when one of us gets an idea of a group of character traits, mannerisms, attitudes, appearance & runs with it, it becomes one of our beloved characters.  Another time someone else will see in their mind’s eye an ensemble that begs to be described or a situation that must be explored with our fine Santa Lucians.  A town gets built, weather & climate described, plot formed.  It gets written out, honed & then incorporated in the story, tossed or set aside for a later date.

All we can say is that we’re happy it works & when it doesn’t, tomorrow’s another day to get it right, Barbara & Jean switching back & forth from one to the other, at it all over again.


Barbara Jean

aka Andrea & Heather

About Barbara Jean Coast

Barbara Jean Coast is the pen name of authors Andrea Taylor and Heather Shkuratoff. She is currently hard at work telling the cozy tales of the fictional town of Santa Lucia, loosely based on Santa Barbara in the late 50's, early 60's, known as The Poppy Cove Mysteries.
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2 Responses to Which One’s Barbara, Which One’s Jean?

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