We are delighted to have Erin Watt, aka bestselling authors Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick on the blog today.
Below is an insight into how the awesomeness that is Paper Princess was born.
The Email Evolution of Erin Watt
A lot of people keep asking us the same questions. When/why did we decide to team up to write together? How did we come up with the idea for Paper Princess? What’s it like behind the scenes when you’re co-authoring a book?
In order to provide answers, we decided to open up the old email vault and investigate how this project actually came to be.
And let’s just say that the results were…interesting.
(Note: these are real emails exchanged between us)
It began one sunny August day…
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter 2m2 minutes ago
Wow: Jets HC Todd Bowles said QB Geno Smith sucker punched in locker room by IK Enemkpali. Geno now out 6-10 weeks.
OMG!!! I was literally about to email you!!!!
He has a broken jaw!
I saw! They just released him. I don’t care what the QB says to you. You don’t punch him in the face and break his jaw! Talk about poor choices!
And apparently it wasn’t over anything football related. The coach said it was something 6th graders could have worked out. Did Geno spoil the end of Game of Thrones?
bwahahaha! “Jon Snow died” “YOU MOTHERF*%#!@!”
Seriously, though, yes, they should have released the sucker puncher. BUT this says a lot about Geno in general as a QB/team leader.
Jets just make bad personnel choices. Mark Sanchez? He couldn’t lead a flock of ducklings across the street.
And somehow, a discussion about sucker punching led to this…
Yesterday I stayed up all night reading my all-time favorite romance (well, in my top 5 of favorites)–Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux. That book just makes me so happy!!
I hate KISA. The ending was miserable.
We can’t be friends anymore.
That book makes me happy and I love everything about it.
Fine. I have had doubts about you since you listed your favorite sports and put golf ahead of basketball.
We’re friends again. I’ve decided.
I think we should write a random over the top crazy romance under a secret name.
With our friendship back on track, the seed of this project was planted…
Cracky YA has been my guilty pleasure since I was a kid. That’s what we should write.
omg! Reading now!! So excited!
Can I write the next scene??????
And so it begins…
I love your pages. Are we taking them to another town? or do the Royals live in this one?
A new town. With a fancy private prep school. Where the Royal boys like to drink, f*#!, and fight.
My God. This is going to be so much fun.
I’m about to introduce the sons and I’m freaking out from how excited I am!!!
I’m going to write for sure but I probably won’t get it to you until later. I’ve football to watch. I hope other people get injured to level the playing field for the Packers.
I think you might have to call it a day and take the Packers out of Super Bowl contention…. If Cobb’s injury takes him out for a few games, they’re in big trouble…
Oh, next week is when we have to lock in our Super Bowl predictions. But we’ve added a second category–heart picks.
So we pick 1) who we THINK will actually go to the SB. and 2) who we WANT to go to the SB. My heart pick is Dallas versus Houston!
And there you have it. This is how The Royals were born.
(This is a true and accurate representation of our exchanges as we started Paper Princess, including the football references).
Check out my review in the post above because I REALLY LOVED this book. Bring on book 2 in July.
“This generation’s Cruel Intentions.” Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.
These Royals will ruin you…
Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone.
Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.
Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.
He might be right.
Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.
A New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, Elle Kennedy grew up in the suburbs of Toronto, Ontario, and holds a B.A. in English from York University. From an early age, she knew she wanted to be a writer, and actively began pursuing that dream when she was a teenager.
Elle currently writes for various publishers. She loves strong heroines and sexy alpha heroes, and just enough heat and danger to keep things interesting!
Jen lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at email@example.com.
Erin Watt is the brainchild of two bestselling authors linked together through their love of great books and an addiction to writing. They share one creative imagination. Their greatest love (after their families and pets, of course)? Coming up with fun–and sometimes crazy–ideas. Their greatest fear? Breaking up. You can contact them at their shared inbox: firstname.lastname@example.org