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RED HOT BOOK OF THE WEEK: Between You and Me

Lisa Steinke, with Liz Fenton, is the co-author of the debut chick lit novel l'll Have Who She's Having and the popular Chick Lit blog chicklitisnotdead.com.

SheKnows chats with Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus

Between You and Me (out in paperback today) takes readers behind the scenes of stratospheric celebrity. A perfect beach read, it's our pick for the Red Hot Book of the Week. We asked New York Times bestselling authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus to dish on everything from how they juggle writing and motherhood to the books they'll be putting in their beach bags this summer.

SheKnows: You two are writing machines! But you're not just authors, you're wives and moms, too. How do you find the time to write? Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus

Emma McLaughlin & Nicola Kraus: Thank you! Our schedules have definitely changed since having kids. The thing we both miss the most are the "golden hours" from 5 to 8 p.m. You’re past your 4 p.m. sugar crash, emails have been returned, you’re all caught up on Twitter and you can dig in and pound it out uninterrupted. Now we have to run to pick up our kids at 5 and by the time they go down at 8 we're drooling. So we’ve had to learn to be much more efficient during the day. Calls are brief. Emails are succinct. And the web browser is shut off. The upside is that when we’re away from our desks we can give our children our undivided attention. And our husbands get whatever is left over.

SK: As two authors writing one book, we'd love to know what your writing process is like.

EM & NK: There is definitely a spooky, separated-at-birth component to our collaboration and friendship that we cherish. We stumbled onto a process with our first novel, The Nanny Diaries, that has essentially remained the same. Once our endless chatting has generated the germ of an idea, we spend several weeks outlining the core elements of the story — primary and periphery characters, A and B plots and timeframe. We then break this outline into chapters, and we each write every other chapter, odds or evens. Once we have this first draft we sit together and go over it line by line on the computer, on paper, and frequently out loud, until it is ready to go to print. And of course, our editor gets to weigh in at multiple junctures along the way.

SheKnows: Between You and Me and Over You, both out in paperback this summer, will be two of the hottest novels to have in your beach bag. What books will you be reading poolside?

EM & NK: Thank you! We're excited to read The Movement of Stars by Amy Brill, Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings, and, gotta admit it, Inferno by Dan Brown!

SheKnows: Your next novel, The First Affair, sounds so juicy. What inspired the idea?

EM & NK: With the success of Fifty Shades there was lot of discussion last summer about women, men and power. We wanted to explore a deeply imbalanced dynamic in a sexual relationship, but really unpack the psychological and emotional consequences for everyone involved.

Find Emma and Nicola on their website and on Twitter.

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