Author Bio:Rebecca Gober and Courtney Nuckels are down home country girls powered by chocolate and other random late night cravings. Coined in southern twang, they bring new meaning to the word y’all. BFI’s since the 6th grade, with a knack for getting into sticky situations, has resulted in countless ideas to write about for years to come.
Rebecca and Courtney co-authored their first book, a young adult paranormal romance: Night Marchers in October 2011. They released their second book in The Night Marchers Series: Redemption, in February 2012. Since then they have gone on to write a new young adult apocalyptic series called The ELE Series. Currently there are three books published in The ELE Series: Project ELE, Finding ELE, Exposing ELE and Surviving ELE.
When not writing, Rebecca and Courtney spend time in their Texas homes with their families and their oversized dogs who still think they are puppies.
What inspires you to write?
Amazing books, movies, real life events, beautiful days… There are so many things that inspire us to write.
Tell us about your writing process.
Courtney and I have been best friends since the 6th grade. We took that friendship to a new level in October 2011 when we decided to partner together to write our first novel, Night Marchers. Since then we have gone on to write the sequel to that series: Redemption, as well as three books in our most recent series: The ELE Series.
The ELE Series has become our favorite journey through writerdom yet! We’ve been asked what inspired us to create this series, and to be honest there are a number of factors that led us to create the world around Project ELE.
After reading The Hunger Games trilogy as well as a few of our other favorite dystopian genre novels, we knew that we wanted to try out a futuristic setting for our next quest. We played around with several different ideas and all of them kept coming back to a heroine with amazing powers who would eventually learn to kick bad-guy-butt. We also came to the agreement that we wanted to have a series that starts at the beginning of an apocalyptic event as opposed to the aftermath in the future after such an event had occurred. After many Skype dates in search of the perfect plot, we ended up blending two of our ideas together. Courtney had some awesome ideas about immunizations gone wrong and I had written a short story for an anthology about a world in the future where everyone has a special power. We smooshed the two ideas together, added a strong heroic female lead who is still very much a teenager and BAM, we had the ingredients for making The ELE Series.
Currently the ELE Series consists of four novels: Project ELE (which is FREE), Finding ELE, Exposing ELE and our most recent release- Surviving ELE. We will be releasing the fifth novel in late May. We’ve been asked how many books will be in this series. We honestly don’t have an answer to that yet. Willow’s story hasn’t been fully told, so there will be at least one more book that will follow up after Surviving ELE. We are currently working on a novella called: ELE, which will show all of our main characters before they were forced to head towards the shelters. We figured this inside scoop would be an exciting edition for our fans and a sort of prologue to Project ELE.
For more information on our ELE Series, check out the book descriptions below. We hope you will take a chance and download your free copy of Project ELE and dive into Willow Mosby’s futuristic world.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Of course! Doesn’t everyone? We constantly try to put ourselves in our characters shoes to figure out what they would do or what they would say.
What advice would you give other writers?
We’ve been asked in interviews what it’s like to co-author a book with another author, but we haven’t really dug in deep and written an entire post on it.
As you can see from our six books, the two of us only write together. This would seem odd to some people, but for us it works. Many people have asked us when we are going to write on our own, but at this point we don’t have any plans to do so. Why fix something that isn’t broke? We write well together and as far as time efficiency, we can write more with two people as well. It has worked great for us so far. After all, we’ve only been writing for a year and a half and have already published six novels. That’s equal to one book every three months. Also, a big perk for us is the fact that we are both there to spur each other on, to hold each other accountable and to challenge each other to push our writing further. It’s like the buddy system when you choose to start working out. You need that buddy to tell you to get off your booty when you are being lazy and trying to cop excuses.
Now, co-authoring a book isn’t for everyone. You have to have a high level of trust to share your creative outlet with another individual. You also have to have an even higher level of honesty and willingness to cooperate. When you are a co-author, you are instantly a team and you have to be a team player. You have to both be willing to put in equal effort and you have to both be willing to compromise on ideas and blend writing styles. We can’t emphasize the trust factor enough either, because you will technically be going into business together. You will be sharing the profits equally with your co-author and the last thing you want is any hostility when it comes to the percentage of payment each person gets or any hard feelings about one person doing more work than the other. Thankfully, we don’t have to worry about this on our end as we have been best friends since the sixth grade and would trust each other with our life. We also think on very similar wavelengths when it comes to writing. When it comes to the technical and marketing aspects of putting a novel out there, we both take on equal rolls in the areas we are strongest in. So it’s a win, win situation for us.
So how do we do it, how do we work together to produce a novel? Honestly, everyone has a different method for how they would write a book. Some have extensive outlines mapping out every twist and turn of the novel. Then on the other side of the spectrum there are writers like us, who really just go with the flow and wing it most of the way through. We also have multiple Skype dates throughout the writing process to get a grasp on where we want the book to go. We live close enough that we can get together in person, but sometimes it’s nice to just sit there in your pajamas with no makeup on and brainstorm without either of us leaving our homes. On our Skype dates, we usually hash out ideas and nix others until we have that OMG moment that inspires us to snap into a writing frenzy.
Our writing ends up being a lot like creative writing where you are given a prompt and told to run with the story. Essentially, when one of us writes a scene and sends it to the other, the other will edit what was just written and then take up where it left off. Then we go back and forth, back and forth until the book is done. At the end, before we send it to the editor, we do one final read through to make sure that everything made sense and didn’t get lost in translation. One tool that has been priceless to us is the review plane in Microsoft Word. By turning this on in the document, we can see what has been added and what either party has deleted. We also love to add comments to our document. We will insert a comment when there is an important piece of information that we need to remember, when there is a quote worthy sentence, to encourage each other or to simply make fun of each other. We have a lot of fun with our writing relationship.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
We looked into several different avenues of publishing. In the end we realized that Indie was the way for us. We wanted to remain in creative control of our books and we felt confident in our marketing ability to be able to develop our author platform. We love being Indie!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
We would love to think that Indie authors will rule the book world, but our guess is that all players including the big publishers will remain happily involved in the publishing game. We are sure the focus will continue to shift to digital publishing and ways to continue to increase the worth of digital books. More self published authors will continue to enter the market and with that, we are sure that it will take all kinds of out of the box creativity to build an author platform and to get books in front of readers.
What do you use?
Co-writer, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?