Swoon Author Kelly Zekas: My Coauthor Is in London and I’m GRUMPY About It

Hi Swoon, Kelly here! Happy March! Happy Spring! Happy holy CRAP These Ruthless Deeds comes out in a terrifyingly few number of days. Er …. Yay????!??!!?!

I am extremely excited for the launch! And nervous! There’s so much to do! I have my regular job, blogs to write, a party to plan, books to send out, contests to run—and you know who doesn’t have a lot of these things?

Tarun.

Tarun doesn’t have these things. 

BECAUSE HE IS IN LONDON. 

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(I imagine this is his life now.)

Yes Tarun is off for a few months, exploring the UK, researching, cavorting, drinking tea, cheerio-ing... while I am not. Obviously, I am not bitter about this at all. 

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Okay, a little bitter. But truly, I am excited for him. We are used to long-distance writing so we are still getting plenty of work done (we promise, Holly!). We just have a slightly greater time-zone difference. And now, Tarun gets to go look up all the locations we want to use in Book 3. Nothing is that different, really, except he hunts around to find obscure things that the internet couldn't tell us. It's great! Everything is great!

However. I am creating this blog post solo and it is... kinda alarming actually. Unlike most authors, I spend very little time writing alone and I don't really enjoy it. My first foray into writing was working with Tarun on the draft that would become These Vicious Masks years and years later. I have never even attempted writing a book alone and I find the prospect pretty darn daunting.

I'm also one of those weird extrovert writers. I don't think it's a secret that I love writing on the subway and in coffee shops. I like being around people, making conversation with a tablemate and simply taking in the different energies. When I brainstorm, it's with Tarun through a computer screen, talking through our problems. I *have* to talk through issues with him as they come up, and I crave chatting with people on my breaks.  

For most people writing is a solitary act, but for me, it's really only been collaborative. So now that Tarun goes to sleep in London before I even start writing after work... it's interesting. I have to push through issues alone, make some calls I would normally run by him, and hope that he likes what he reads in the morning.  

Ooo! Maybe I will see how many Hamilton references I can sneak in without him noticing!

So as Book 2 comes out and we are working hard on Book 3, I am learning this new writing-solo skill. Tarun is living in a new country and learning how to get along there. 

My dear Swooners, talk to your extroverted, conversation-needing friend Kelly: What new things are you working on this year?

About the author - Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

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5 comments on "Swoon Author Kelly Zekas: My Coauthor Is in London and I’m GRUMPY About It"

Karen on March 9, 2017, 3:40 p.m. said:

Karen


Good Job on being published!
Bring it on!

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Kim Vale on March 9, 2017, 11:19 a.m. said:

Kim Vale


I'm a little peanut butter and jelly that I'm not in London either! Lol! I do think it is so great though that instead of just researching on the internet, he is able to research through experience.

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T. K. Yeager on March 9, 2017, 9:44 a.m. said:

T. K. Yeager


Hey Kelly!!
I loved your previous blog post about the creative process between you and Tarun and I loved this one too!

I will help you out by giving you a small, online conversation. I'm not quite as extroverted as you, but I do love chatting people up! So here we go!

What are your favorite snacks that help you get inspired to write?

Has much of your writing been inspired by music? (Your reference to Hamilton cracked me up)

Have any suggestions for writing historical fiction? How do you research that (beyond traveling there haha)

Currently I'm working on a swashbuckling sort of Spain inspired revenge story where the main female character was inspired by Carmen and the main male character was inspired by Don Juan. Two big personalities, a family feud and more. Have any suggestions for me to sprinkle into the plot?

Have a great day Kelly and I hope I helped with some of that conversation fix you needed!!

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Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas on March 9, 2017, 10:29 a.m. said:

Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas


Love this! Thank you so much! CONNECTIONS!!!!!!! :)

**What are your favorite snacks that help you get inspired to write?**
Since I write at a LOT of coffee shops, I think I've begun associating pastries with writing, but they are probably not the best writing fuel. Lots of sugar highs and lows .. which leads to an endless pastry cycle.
**Has much of your writing been inspired by music? (Your reference to Hamilton cracked me up)**
Hahha yessss, ALL the Hamilton forever! I don't know how much writing is inspired by it, but I do love to listen to soundtracks while working - they have lots of emotional ups and downs and often help me with creating mood.
**Have any suggestions for writing historical fiction? How do you research that (beyond traveling there haha)
Currently I'm working on a swashbuckling sort of Spain inspired revenge story where the main female character was inspired by Carmen and the main male character was inspired by Don Juan. Two big personalities, a family feud and more. Have any suggestions for me to sprinkle into the plot?**
^^^^ WHAT THAT SOUNDS AMAZING! Read all the books you can find about the time you're setting it and it's a great excuse to watch movies. Tarun and I like to use Google Books to quickly see if a phrase was used at the time (you can set your parameters to search only books from the 1700s and earlier, say).

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T. K. Yeager on March 9, 2017, 10:47 a.m. said:

T. K. Yeager


But, who doesn't like pastries? I tend to go with muffins or cupcakes if available haha.

For me, I typically listen to classical music while writing. Otherwise, if I try to listen to music with words I know, I'll start singing along in my head and then they start appearing on the paper. Not the most productive haha.

ah!!! The google books suggestion will be super helpful! I'm typically into writing contemporary stories, so this will be a bit of a challenge for me. Making sure that the language I use sets the correct tone will be the toughest part.

Thanks so much for the chat, and good luck with working on your third book! Also, hopefully Tarun sends you some awesome souvenirs since you can't be with him (HINT HINT, Tarun, HINT)

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