Today I have the lovely Perdita & Honor Cargill on the blog today with a guest post, extract AND giveaway. Perdita & Honor have been so wonderful to giveaway both of their books signed, bookmarks and a notebook and one of you lucky lot will win it. Just head to my twitter to find out how you can win.
Honor and I almost fell into writing and collaborating. Honor’s brief (but weird) experience of professional child acting gave us the idea (our main character, Elektra, is a child actor), we had a shared love of stories and we had a long (boring) family holiday together to give us the space to get started…
What’s almost more surprising is that we’re still writing together nearly three books in - we’re editing the third Waiting for Callback book right now (send chocolate). In the meantime, Honor has finished school and gone off to Uni. We’re not at home together and she’s got student life and niche Roman/Greek stuff to distract her. How are we making it work?
I guess first, we’re lucky that we never got used to working in the same space. If we’d tried the whole side-by-side thing we’d have murdered each other by now. Instead we always gossiped plot together and then separated to write (me, mostly in the attic, Honor, mostly in cafes with excellent cake supplies). We always swap everything we’ve written and get brutally stuck in criticizing and re-writing until we’re both happy and it all smooths out. We can work this way as easily London/Oxford as when Honor was at home and we still do as much as we can in the holidays. It helps too, that we’ve got different strengths. Honor does more of the actual writing, especially dialogue, and I do more editing and structuring.
But the most important reason we’re still writing together is that it’s fun. And it’s more fun because it’s shared. That doesn’t mean that it’s not hard work, it’s so much work – but there’s two of us to share it. We’re each other’s first readers; we make each other laugh - not least when we’re writing the fictional Mum/Daughter bits…
We thought it would be fun to have an extract that showed that relationship, so here’s Chapter 4 of Take Two. Elektra’s in the kitchen with her mum. She’s just got her contract to ‘star’ in a movie… everything’s good until, Oh God, her mum switches her (full-on) attention to Elektra’s love interest, Archie… Enjoy!
When Elektra is discovered by an acting agent, she imagines Oscar glory can't be far away, but instead lurches from one cringe-worthy moment to the next! Just how many times can you be rejected for the part of 'Dead Girl Number Three' without losing hope? And who knew that actors were actually supposed to be multi-lingual, play seven instruments and be trained in a variety of circus skills? Off-stage things aren't going well either - she's fallen out with her best friend, remains firmly in the friend-zone with her crush and her parents are driving her crazy. One way or another, Elektra's life is now spent waiting for the phone to ring - waiting for callback. Can an average girl-next-door like Elektra really make it in the world of luvvies and starlets?