Thank you for letting us invade your blog! As we were out of ideas we asked for questions and boy, did we get them… now RJ forgets characters…
Tim Brehme: Does Mutt get a boyfriend?
M: Ah, bless wee Mutt. No, Mutt won’t be getting a boyfriend. But never say never, I could be looking for something cute to write at Christmas 🙂
RJ: But M wrote a really cute scene with Mutt. You’ll have to wait until book 6 to see what it is 🙂
M: I did enjoy writing Mutt back in the book. Plus I think we pretty much got everyone back in there, even if just a mention. Except maybe Agnes the housekeeper. Sorry, Agnes fans.
RJ: I’ve had twenty seven emails about Agnes – JK. Wait… who is Agnes again?
M: She is mentioned in Under the Sun as working there and she is at the start of Christmas when Lucas is watching kids running in circles and one breaks a vase and she swoops in to clean it up.
RJ: Oh, THAT Agnes… well, she had to leave, she won the lottery and decided to move to a remote scottish cottage with her whiskey drinking cousin, Bert. #OffPageAction
M: Nice to know she’s doing well. There you go Agnes fans you heard it hear first and exclusive.
BJ WIlliams Okay, do you & RJ have a set Formula/Pattern for working together e.g. The same author begins/completes the story every time?
RJ: No, we kind of take it in turns to write Chapter 1, but that is a loose way of beginning it. In Forever In The Sun, I took responsibility for chapter 1 and also the thread about the Connor/Shaun & Alfie/Peter connection. This thread wove into Meredith’s writing as well though. We do try to take it in turns, but if one of us gets inspiration to carry on writing, then we do.
M: We kind of take it in turns to start the books. RJ started Follow, I started Under, RJ started Chase BUT then that start turned into a flashback/memory I think further into the book so my chapter got bumped up, Christmas was me, Capture was RJ, and RJ started Forever.
RJ: HOW DO YOU REMEMBER THIS!
M: Clearly because I’m awesome? What do you mean did I look them up? Heehee. Also, yay three starts each. I’m totally not looking up the ends now. *whispers* I am. Follow was me, Under was RJ, Chase was RJ, Christmas was RJ, Capture was RJ, Forever was me. RJ won that round lol.
RJ: I’m a completer finisher
M: It’s only because you keep tagging on an epilogue. Always has to have the last word.
RJ: That’s me…
M: But anyway, what was the question? The answer is a loose formula, one starts, then we take it in turns until we feel it’s a fitting place to end, usually a chapter, sometimes scenes, or character sections, and then depending on how many chapters we end up with, either of us could finish 🙂
RJ: It’s not like porn where you can finish at the same time! (see what I did there).
M: Yep, I saw. Lowered the tone and trying to get the last word again.
RJ: Tries to think of something witty, just to get the last word in *again*… *fails*
M: *shakes head* I love working with her really.
What have you learned from each other co-authoring the Sapphire Cay series?
RJ: I’ve learned that when you co-author it’s more important to have a cohesive plan for the direction the story is going. Meredith has an eye for details. I mean, what a person is looking at, or smelling, or how they hold their hands. She has taught me to slow down a little and add in more description. No one tell her I said that though.
M: I’m supposed to have learnt something from RJ Scott? Heehee
RJ: OMG, cow – and I was so nice to you.
M: Sorry, I was put off by you saying you learnt something from me lol
RJ: I can go back and delete that you know…
M: Fine, fine. Okay, what have I learnt…
RJ: Waits for all the nice stuff to happen…
M: This is mean. I used to be a teacher and any time we went on a course of some kind and there was the inevitable form filling of what did you learn, I’d just copy my neighbours lol. Ok here goes, I have learnt that sometimes you have to put friendship aside if you want to get the best out of each other. This was about writing the best books we could and doing it together so I guess I had to learn to accept not only when she was right to point things out as wrong but also point things out as right. That probably makes no sense, but I am so very bad at taking compliments so it was like, “are you just being nice because you’re my friend?” So I had to get used to that idea, as well as realising this is my book too so I am allowed to comment on her ideas and writing as well. Is that learning? I don’t know. But it’s something I had to get my head around at first.
RJ: When we started book 1 I was like *we’ll work it out as we go along* then it got confused and we weren’t sure where we were going, so we fixed that immediately, just by opening a doc in google and hammering out the tiny details. That way the story flowed from the start.
M: I guess I also learned that it’s okay to go back and rewrite chapter 1 even if you’ve made it to chapter 6 and suddenly your characters aren’t who you thought they were at the beginning lol Not that we ever had to do that *shifty eyes* And I suppose I should say that I learned how to end a chapter/scene just right so that RJ had to write the sex scene that followed it
RJ: You are as bad as Amber, she does the same thing… SMH
M: Take it as a compliment. You must do them so well 🙂
RJ: Narrows eyes…
M: In all honesty, I have learnt from RJ. I know she said about me influencing her descriptions but she has done the same with me and how scenes can be amped up with emotion and the type of vocabulary and
RJ: OOOHHH can i add something? I now know the difference between wander and wonder! 🙂
M: You say that. Only time will tell. Also *whispers* she sometimes forgets if she’s spelling in US or UK english heehee
RJ: OMG… shhhhh
M: *reveals all RJ’s secrets* Actually, she doesn’t even write her own stuff. RJ’s Hubby is the true mastermind behind the Texas series HAHA
RJ: Shhh… no one knows that…
Release date: 14th August 2015
Feuding families, unearthed secrets, and a violent storm threatens the Cay. Will the idyllic island with her cast of characters make it through unscathed? It’s time for the circle to close on the story of Sapphire Cay, and on the men who have lived and found love on her beaches.
Join characters old and new as we celebrate Dylan and Lucas’s wedding and delve into the history of Sapphire Cay.
Connor and Shaun are directly related to Peter and Alfie, a couple whose clandestine lover affair was overshadowed by old prejudices and a world war. Shaun Jamieson is a writer, a romantic and needs to pen the story of the affair’s final secrets; Connor French’s family wants to stop Shaun.
When the two men step onto the sands of Sapphire Cay, they find more than just the secrets of an old love. They find hope and comfort in each other. But with the past hanging over them, can they ever have what Peter and Alfie could not? Or are they just as ill-fated as their ancestors?
The offices of the French Foundation, New York, June
“Your two o’clock is here, Mr. French.” Miriam’s voice floated in over the intercom. The abruptness of it startled Connor from his cost-benefits analysis and he knocked his coffee down, sloshing it onto the paperwork.
“God dammit,” he muttered under his breath. He couldn’t get the figures to balance and trying to find a missing ten-dollar transaction in among a million dollar bank account was screwing with his head. Where had three hours gone? He glanced sideways at his lunch. Or what was left of it. He was surprised he’d managed to actually eat at all because he certainly didn’t remember the food arriving or him even picking up the ham on rye. He had to get these reports done before the accounts department could sign off on them.
He pressed the button. “Give me two,” he said. Quickly he scooped the plate, with the remaining food, into his top drawer and straightened enough paperwork to look efficient. He didn’t recall the details of this two o’clock, just that it was someone with issues about the Foundation. Connor was used to answering all kind of questions, from students, politicians, kids to teachers and there was no one at this Foundation who knew what type of work they undertook as well as him. Apart from Miriam, who had been a PA at the Foundation longer than Connor had been alive. She knew where all the bodies were buried and Connor would be lost without her.
A knock on the door heralded the visitor’s arrival and Connor stood, brushing his shirt of crumbs as he called, “Come in.”
The door opened and Connor had to stop his mouth falling open. Gorgeous. Very nice. Tall, slim, dark hair, with added sexy smile and confidence in the way he walked in. Connor checked him out, couldn’t help it, he hadn’t seen anything this fine in a very long time. I need to get out more. From head to toe, his gaze finally focused back on the man’s face and embarrassment washed over him when the guy was looking at him with one eyebrow raised in question. So much for subtle. Well, at least he isn’t punching me to the floor.
RJ Scott has been writing since age six, when she was made to stay in at lunchtime for an infraction involving cookies. She was told to write a story and two sides of paper about a trapped princess later, a lover of writing was born.
As an avid reader herself, she can be found reading anything from thrillers to sci-fi to horror. However, her first real true love will always be the world of romance where she takes cowboys, bodyguards, firemen and billionaires (to name a few) and writes dramatic and romantic stories of love and passion between these men.
With over seventy titles to her name and counting, she is the author of the award winning book, The Christmas Throwaway. She is also known for the Texas series charting the lives of Riley and Jack, and the Sanctuary series following the work of the Sanctuary Foundation and the people it protects.
Her goal is to write stories with a heart of romance, a troubled road to reach happiness, and most importantly, that hint of a happily ever after.
www.tumblr.com/blog/rjscott (some NSFW (not safe for work) photos)
Meredith Russell lives in the heart of England. An avid fan of many story genres, she enjoys nothing less than a happy ending. She believes in heroes and romance and strives to reflect this in her writing. Sharing her imagination and passion for stories and characters is a dream Meredith is excited to turn into reality.
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