Lisa and Laura's debut novel, LIAR SOCIETY, will be published by Sourcebooks Fire in March 2011!
1. What are the pros and cons of writing together?
The best part about writing together is if you ever get stuck on a chapter or a particular scene, you can ship the document off to your partner. That way, you never end up with writer's block. Also, I love being both a reader and a writer. It kind of feels like a Choose Your Own Adventure book every time we write something new--you never know what's coming! One of the most difficult parts about writing together is the beginning stages--the creation of an outline. Lisa always gets really annoyed at me when we're brainstorming because all I ever do is ask questions, poking holes in her plot ideas. It's a totally necessary step, but it comes with a whole lot of eye rolling and heavy sighing.
2. In what ways do you relate to Kate, your main character in Liar Society?
Kate is who we wish we could have been in high school. Basically, she's a cooler version of ourselves. She's confident and snarky and independent. She also isn't your typical boy crazy-I'll-die-if-we-aren't-together type of gal. This definitely comes from our mom (aka the Regulator) who drilled into us throughout high school that boys are kind of like accessories. They're fun, but you don't really NEED them. We tend to agree.
3. What was your reaction to finding out Liar Society was going to be published?
Honestly, we laughed. We were so excited, anxious, overwhelmed, etc. that the only thing left to do was laugh. There might have been some jumping up and down as well. And to this day it feels very surreal to think that next year, there will be a book on the shelves with our names on it!
4. Liar Society has gone through quite a title evolution, how did you finally decide on this one?
We really, really suck at titles. Laura kept a list and Lisa would text her title ideas whenever they popped up. We randomly decided to email our editors our most recent selections and threw LIAR SOCIETY out there as an option--we can't even remember how it ended up on the list. He emailed back using the word "genius" so we knew we were on to something. I guess it was a little like fate.
5. What's next for you writing wise?
Right now we're about three-quarters of the way through the second book in the LIAR SOCIETY series. We also have a new idea for a series that we'd love to start working on after we finish book 2. We're excited to take a break from the series with a new project and return with fresh eyes.
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