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.
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.
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!
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.
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