#OUAPAuthorInterview: Erin Watt (a.k.a. Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy) authors of Paper Princess ( The Royals#1) #UpcomingRelease @authorerinwatt

Posted April 1, 2016 by Cyndi Becker 0 Comments

#OUAPAuthorInterview: Erin Watt (a.k.a. Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy) authors of Paper Princess ( The Royals#1) #UpcomingRelease @authorerinwatt

#OUAPAuthorInterview: Erin Watt (a.k.a. Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy) authors of Paper Princess ( The Royals#1) #UpcomingRelease @authorerinwattPaper Princess by Erin Watt
Series: The Royals #1
on April 4th, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Romance
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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 survivorÔÇöa pragmatic optimist. SheÔÇÖs spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday sheÔÇÖll climb out of the gutter. After her motherÔÇÖs 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 doesnÔÇÖt want her. He says she doesnÔÇÖt belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. ItÔÇÖs like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if sheÔÇÖs going to survive her time in the Royal palace, sheÔÇÖll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees.

Paper Princess, the first book in The Royals Trilogy, releases early next week.  We had the good fortune to lob some questions to Erin Watt ( a.k.a. Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy) about writing as a duo and their favorite characters from Paper Princess.

I was also lucky to receive an ARC and I can tell you, this is a #MustRead.  Look for the #OUAPblog  5 Star review for Paper Princess (The Royals #1) on Monday, April 4th.

~Cyndi

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Our Interview

1. How do you decide who writes the sex scenes? OR more simply, do you fight over who gets to write the sex scenes?

Sometimes itÔÇÖs the reverseÔÇöÔÇ£IÔÇÖm sexed out, can you write this one?ÔÇØ With Paper Princess, we were conscious of our audience and that books within the upper YA-genre arenÔÇÖt as explicit, which meant we had to be careful about the detail of the love scenes. It was fun and challenging to write a book with a lot of tension so that readers felt fulfilled without the story being overly explicit.

2. Do you each write for a specific character or do you both write for all the characters?

We write for all the characters, usually sequentially. WeÔÇÖve actually been able to write out of order. One person might claim a scene and write ahead and then we smush it together and even it all out in the editing. Editing is super important!

3. Do you each have a favorite character?

Jen: I love Ella. SheÔÇÖs the best, but there are characters you havenÔÇÖt even met that I love too. (┬áI ADORE┬áElla ~ she is the embodiment of MOXIE! And I kinda want to give her big HUGS )
Elle: Team Easton all the way! He is such a lovable puppy dog. You canÔÇÖt help but adore him. (Oh Elle, I AGREE, I am #TeamEaston – I kinda want to give him big HUGS┬átoo)

4. How do you decide what a characterÔÇÖs traits will be?

Some of the traits are organic. We see the characters as we write them. Others we know ahead of time are going to have certain traits. The most fun characters are the ones that surprise us, and, hopefully, you.

5. Do you both write the dialogue?

We both write everything from descriptions, to dialogue, to internal monologues. ItÔÇÖs a true collaborative effort.

6. Is it 100 % collaboration or do you divvy up the story line?

100% collaboration. We plot ahead and one of us might call dibs on a particular scene because we have a specific idea of how we want that to play out, but generally itÔÇÖs just trading pages back and forth on a daily basis.

7. How do you settle writing differences (if you have any)?

We canÔÇÖt remember having any! We have to be fully committed to the story lines in order for them to work. We tend to share the same creative brain and we respect the otherÔÇÖs opinion. If one person says that this isnÔÇÖt going to work, the other relies on that and we move on. There are also certain plot lines we discussed that ended up being vetoed (Elle is very quick to use her vetoes!)

8. Do you write at the same time/place or do you do it on your own?

WeÔÇÖve only ever been in the same city once and we completely missed each other! One of these days weÔÇÖre going to see each other in real life.

Well, ┬áI for one am happy you find that you found yourselves able to mesh so well and able to produce such a phenomenal story. Paper Princess has been described as “literary crack”. it’s a wholly addictive and an #2016MustRead! One that left me #RoyallyRuined


About Erin Watt

Erin Watt is the pseudonym for the writing duo of Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy.

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