As we wrapped up the final editing stage today I had a feeling of nostalgia come over me. Writing this book has been such a journey for both of us. The things we've done whilst writing, the food, the debates, the laughs, it's all made it so enjoyable. The best thing is we've finished, I mean we've actually written a whole book, beginning to end. The worst thing is I miss writing it. Although we've got plenty more story ideas, not forgetting to mention the next two books in the series to write, Lipgloss on Your Wings will always be the first. Every page was a learning curve, every deleted scene was a driver making us more determined than ever to make it work. And my god we hope it works! Ha!
So many things have changed and been changed back and taken out and replaced with whatever over the course of writing our book. But the thing that's remained the same is the characters, all the way through. Sometimes if I'm writing something that's completely wrong I can feel the character fighting against it, they just won't let me. So if there's anything in the book that might make you thing 'What the hell..." Don't blame us. When we talk about our characters it's like we're talking about real people because they've come to mean that much to us.
Friends have asked me, "What's it like writing a book with your sister?" And I can never think of a reply that describes it. We've never argued about it, just pushed each other for the best. We'd sit together on chairs that made our bums numb for hours just throwing questions and info to and fro and because we're sisters we're not afraid to read something the other has written and just go 'nope, thats rubbish' whilst proceeding to delete the whole paragraph.
It's been a challenge which is something neither of us are afraid of. In fact I think we completely own it after some of the things we've gone through together.
All i've got left to say is if or when our book makes it into a bookshop I'm going to be one of those people lurking down the isle waiting for someone to just so much as glance at it so I can jump out and say "That's ours! Mine and my sisters!" They might think I'm crazy but it's like something me and Soph were talking about the other day, when you're at a party or in a club and your favourite song comes on despite all the other people that are wooping and jumping around you want to make it known that it's YOUR favourite song and anyone who wants to dispute that can just try and take it away from you.
Ten o'clock at night, work at 7am and feeling a little stir crazy will lead to posts like the one above.