Who in your personal life was the biggest supporter of your writing?
Absolutely our husbands. Both Crazy One’s and Crazy Two’s husbands are our biggest fans, always encouraging us. They’ve been known to brag a bit, too, and try to tell everyone about our books…lol.
Do you prefer quiet or background noise when writing? If background noise, what?
Crazy One needs TV shows or movies playing…it helps to have the voices. Crazy Two plays soundscapes/new age type music – with no words.
What is one thing you wish your readers could understand about the writing process?
Oh, that’s a loaded question. We guess that we’d love for everyone to know that our writing process is completely different from most authors. Our process usually starts with a few glasses of wine and a 4-hour phone call. Crazy One usually has some wild-ass idea for an off-the-wall story, so we start with 30 minutes of Crazy Two trying to talk Crazy One out of the latest adventure. It seldom works. Then, Crazy Two resigns herself to 4-6 months of writing hell. (FYI: In case you’re wondering, Crazy Two knows the battle has been lost when Crazy One lets out a war cry of “Bitch, let’s do this thing!”)
At the beginning, we usually talk and talk and talk about plotlines, settings, characters, etc. before the first word is written. Do NOT underestimate the amount of talking that we do. We then make sure that all of our crazy meds are filled and available at a moment’s notice. Then Crazy One will start writing – and after an inordinate amount of bitching, whining, and complaining, she sends the chapters to Crazy Two for review. Crazy Two then drinks a few bottles of wine, puts on her football helmet, and goes to battle with Crazy One over any changes. This can get bloody.
When the book is finished, Crazy Two then edits and rewrites…and sends it back to Crazy One, who has her Momma and the Crazy Crew Street Team read it while simultaneously yelling about the ridiculous and wicked cuts that were made to her precious manuscript. Momma, who obviously was a Grammar Nazi in a previous life, then lectures both Crazies on their lack of knowledge concerning basic English language structure. (Ignore Momma…she’s a little bitter about all those dollars spent on Crazy One’s college education. Hi, Momma!)
In the end, Crazy Two prepares the covers (which usually sends Crazy One into hiding because Crazy Two becomes slightly psychotic during design time. It’s not her fault…no one appreciates how much she SUFFERS for her art!)
Then we publish the book and pray. And drink. A lot.
There ya go! Does that sound confusing? Imagine how we feel!
If your characters could come to life and be a real human, which one do you think you would get along with best and which one would drive you crazy first?
Crazy One would bond best with Harmony…she’s the heroine in our novel Hard as Stone. But Crazy Two would be soul sisters with Patience…the lead character from Ready, Willing, and Abel. (And seeing as how Patience was loosely based on Crazy Two when she was pregnant with little Bunny, it’s a given, you know.) Faith, the main character from Cain’s Salvation, would probably drive both of us to drinking….Faith is always positive…always!
How much thought do you as an author put into your cover, cover models etc. And has that changed since you started writing. If so, have you or will you go back and re-do covers you’re no longer pleased with?
It definitely has changed over time. Covers are something that we absolutely AGONIZE over. We’ve been known to go through three or four different covers before we even publish. And yes, we have gone back and redone covers for earlier books because we just didn’t like the first covers anymore.
When writing, what comes first? The characters or the plot?
Mostly the characters. Crazy One usually has an idea that centers around a certain character/type of character. Then we hash it out (in about 2-4 hours of phone conversations) to get to the actual plot.
Do you ever write your own personal fantasies into your books?
Sure! Life imitates art, after all, doesn’t it??? LOL
How much if any of your story line comes from real life people or events?
A lot of our characters and locations are loosely (very loosely) based on people and places we already know. Very rarely, our storylines are triggered by something we’ve heard on the news….and then we embellish and twist it into something that works for us. But most of the time, the story lines are completely the figment of Crazy One’s imagination!
How many times do you read what you wrote and think “where the hell did that come from?!”
ALL. THE. TIME. And then we ask ourselves if we were drunk when we wrote it. We usually were.
Do you have to look at the keys when you type?
Nope. Both of us had to use keyboarding skills for our real life before we moved into the author world, so typing comes naturally…unless we’ve had a few glasses of wine. Then Crazy Two couldn’t spell if you gave her a million dollars and she has to hunt and peck on the keyboard…it’s hilarious. Crazy One laughs…a lot.
How much wood would a wood chuck chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?
A wood chuck would chuck as much wood as he could!! (And Crazy Two’s husband says the real answer is probably around 700 pounds or so…he’s a smarty-pants engineer and likes to show off, you know…and he cheats and uses Google…)
What are your two favorite 80’s movies?
Return of the Jedi (Crazy Two is a nerd…she knows it) and Sixteen Candles (that’s Crazy One for sure!)
Why are man-hole covers round?
Because if they were square or rectangular, some crazy person would insert them in diagonally just to see them drop to the bottom. Round ones can’t fall through at all so they’re safer. (Again, the smarty-pants engineer has chosen to help answer tonight….)
What are 2 questions you have always wanted to be asked in an interview, but haven’t yet?
- What the hell ever made you decide to procreate?
- What’s your favorite wine?
Sarah O’Rourke is actually two besties who live three states apart and write at all hours of the day and night! Born and raised in the Southern United States, they are overly attached to their one-click accounts, can’t make it through the day without copious doses of caffeine, and spend way too much time on the phone with each other.
Between them, they have four children and twenty years of marriage…one to a super soldier and the other to egomaniac engineer. They hate empty chocolate wrappers and writer’s block, love to talk to readers…and oh, by the way, they write about strong, kick-ass women and hot alpha heroes!