A Couple of Writers Blog

Podcasts That Influence Me

Podcasts That Influence Me

I don’t remember exactly when I started listening to podcasts, but I know that I am thoroughly hooked at this point. I just checked my podcast library and counted 31 podcasts that I listen to with some regularity (some more often than others). My ten-year-old daughter...

Dystopian Ideas in Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God

Dystopian Ideas in Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God

If people talk about how the United States is politically divisive today, we have something we can learn from Spain in the early 1930s.  Jose Maria Gironella’s The Cypresses Believe in God is the Spanish version of the Russian novel: a myriad of characters,...

The Soundtrack to Our Novel

The Soundtrack to Our Novel

I’ve always been a little in awe of the power of music.  There were periods of time when I could actually track the happenings of my life through music: a soundtrack to my life, you might say.  Even now I hear a particular song and it brings me smack back to...

Freedom Yet Dystopia

Freedom Yet Dystopia

Our soon-to-be released novel, In the Shadows of Freedom, poses some big political questions. But it didn’t start that way. In its original draft, the novel had a bit more of a superhero theme, with characters with superpowers and no overarching political outer...

Ask the Authors!

Ask the Authors!

Get to know us a little better—as authors and as individuals—through this Q & A! Do you remember the first story you ever wrote? Cassandra: I don’t remember the very first, but I vividly recall a story I wrote one summer during my middle school years.  It...

How Do You Co-Author a Novel?

How Do You Co-Author a Novel?

Often when Chris and I tell someone that we have co-authored a novel, we get asked the question, “How did you write a book together?” It has been so long now since we started working together, that the idea of not writing as a unit feels strange to me!  Our novel...