Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate are amazing authors in their own right, but when they combine their talents the result is the exciting, futuristic thriller, Eve and Adam. They’ve written over 100 books together, including one of the coolest series from my childhood, Animorphs. I was lucky enough to catch up with Michael and Katherine to ask them a few questions about Eve and Adam, and their collaborative writing process.
How does the collaborative writing process work for the two of you?
MG – Poorly.
KA - Well, in the past. Better this time. It was actually pretty smooth.
MG — I’ve matured.
Did you write a character each for Eve and Adam?
KA - That was one of the approaches we took, but quickly decided it didn’t work. In order to do that we would need to be able to plan things out in advance. Michael doesn’t plan. I plan and then don’t follow my plan.
MG – The real story is that Katherine realized Eve would have a lot more scenes so she’d have to do more of the work.
Does it make it harder or easier writing collaboratively when you live in the same house?
MG – Much easier. The commute is shorter. It’s like three feet.
KA – Being in the same house means we can share a pot of coffee as opposed to writers who aren’t married who probably have to make twice as many pots.
MG – The horror.
The first sentence of Eve and Adam is explosive and totally hooks you. Are the opening scenes of a book the hardest thing to write?
MG – We are very different on this. I barely think about it because I know I’ll go back later and write something different.
KA – I need to have the opening right, even if it takes days. Or weeks.
MG – Months. Years.
Eve and Adam is so shocking because the story could be happening somewhere in the world right now. Was it a story that you did lots of research for before you started writing or is it purely from your imaginations?
MG – We both went out and got PhD’s.
KA – It really took a lot of commitment from Michael since he’s a high school drop-out.
MG – We attended the University of Google.
KA – College of Wikipedia.
If you could create the perfect version of yourself what would you change?
MG - There was a time when I’d have said hair. But that’s no longer an issue. Honestly? I’d be one of those people who can eat without gaining weight.
KA - I have weak ankles.
MG – That is pathetic. That’s all you’d change? Weak ankles?
KA – There’s plenty of things about you I’d change. I could make a list.
MG – I wouldn’t change anything about you. Hah! There, I trumped you and now people will think I’m the nice one.
Eve and Adam reads like it could be a standalone book or part of a new series. Do you plan to write more about these characters?
KA - There’s rumour of a sequel.
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