I’m just back from the RNA conference in Penrith with fellow medical authors Anne Fraser and Jennifer Taylor. The conference is always so much fun. A chance to learn something new, eat, drink and be merry. It’s always a bit sad to come back home and have to go back to the day job.
But when I got home my Mills and Boon Medical book subscription had arrived and with it my new duet with Anne Fraser. Our book is actually a September release in the UK but subscribers always get their books early – I’ve not even had my author copies yet!
Working with another author on one hand is fun and on the other a little tricky. We were paired by our editors and asked to put forward a joint book proposal. Our stories are around an IVF mix up and set in San Francisco.
Anne writes the story from the perspective of the potential mother, the woman carrying the baby which isn’t in fact hers. My story features the genetic father. Carter and his wife had created embryos with an egg donor for use during their marriage. But the marriage has long since fallen apart and his wife has disappeared. Imagine how he feels when he gets a letter from the IVF clinic expecting it to say his remaining embryos have been destroyed, and instead it tells him another woman in carrying his baby!
If you google the words IVF mix ups you’ll find an alarming amount of cases of something that’s supposed to be virtually “impossible”. The outcomes are varied, and in all cases there is heartache involved.
One of the tricky things about writing a linked story with another author is making sure the books flow together well and are consistent. It was even trickier for us as we wrote the stories out of synch due to contractual issues. I wrote my story first, even though it is the second in the sequence. We just hope we’ve managed to give you two stories that will be enjoyed!
So how do you feel about linked stories? Do you enjoy them? Or do you prefer single stand alone tales?
I’m working all day Monday, so will answer any comments at night.