OS: We are lucky enough to have Piper Vaughn and Avon Gale stop by to answer some questions about their new collaboration!
Hi, all! Piper Vaughn here! Thanks to Open Skye Book Reviews for hosting Avon Gale and I as we celebrate our new release, Permanent Ink, now available from Riptide Publishing!
Without further ado, I’ll get to answering the questions they sent us! 😀
OS: What sort of things do you do differently when writing with a buddy vs. writing alone?
The biggest difference is having to remind yourself it’s not just your world, it’s both of yours. Compromise is key to avoiding conflict.
We do a lot of things the same way I normally would if I was writing alone—brainstorm, hash out a plot, and outline the chapters—except we also have to decide who will be writing what and agree on whether the story will be in first person or third, etc.
For Permanent Ink, we decided we would each write a character. I wrote Poe, and while in his POV, I also wrote Jericho as seen through Poe’s lens. Once I finished with my chapters, Avon read them, and if she had any changes to suggest, we’d discuss them, and then I would do the same for her chapters.
That immediate feedback from your coauthor is pretty awesome, I have to say. It’s one of my favorite parts about coauthoring, along with the pleasure of creating a world and characters together and getting them to their happily ever after.
OS: Was there anything about the age difference that made the story easier/harder to write?
The age gap definitely made things a bit harder. At 17 years, it’s significant. Avon is Jericho’s age, and I’m only a few years behind. That being the case, I think we were both better able to relate to Jericho and his view of the world than Poe’s. Still, we’re both young at heart and, I’d like to think, fairly in tune with society and Millennials, so we were also able to really get into Poe’s headspace as well. We wanted the characters to be authentic for their ages but also believable as both friends and a lasting romantic couple. With that much of an age gap, the daddy kink, and Jericho being Poe’s mentor, we were very much aware of potential issues concerning their power dynamic. We did our best to ensure those issues were addressed within the narrative. Also, it was important to us both to show consent being very enthusiastically given. Finding the right balance for these characters was a challenge, but one I hope we were successful in meeting.
OS: I know Avon has some ink, does Piper? Did anyone feel the need to get more ink for “inspiration”? 😉
Yes, I do have a lot of ink! Thirteen tattoos and counting, as a matter of fact. 🙂 Avon and I haven’t been inspired to get anything relating to this series—yet—but we do have plans to get a tattoo of a quote we both loved from “Ice Guardians,” which is a documentary about NHL enforcers. “With a little more fire.” It really only makes sense if you’ve watched the documentary and heard it in context, but we both loved it, and suffice it to say, I don’t think either one of us intends to stop getting tattoos anytime soon.
OS: That’s awesome! Thanks so much for taking the time to answer our questions and good luck on your tour!
At twenty-three, Poe Montgomery is going nowhere. He still lives in his father’s basement and spends most of his time tagging with his friends. When an arrest lands him in debt, Poe accepts the front desk job at Permanent Ink, the tattoo shop owned by his father’s best friend, Jericho McAslan. Jericho is nearly twice Poe’s age, but with his ink and prematurely graying hair, he quickly takes the starring role in Poe’s hottest fantasies.
Jericho is known for his ability to transform poorly designed tattoos into works of art, but he was once as aimless and misdirected as Poe. Wanting to pay it forward the way someone once did for him, Jericho makes Poe his apprentice and is determined to keep things strictly professional. Easier said than done when Poe makes his interest—and his daddy kink—abundantly clear.
Jericho can’t resist Poe or their intense chemistry for long. But between the age gap, tension with Poe’s father, and Poe’s best friend calling him a sellout, they’ll need to ensure they’re both on the same page before they can rewrite their rocky start into something permanent.
Now available from Riptide Publishing. http://www.riptidepublishing.com/titles/permanent-ink
About Avon Gale
Avon grew up in the southern United States, and now lives with her very patient husband in a liberal Midwestern college town. When she’s not writing, she’s either doing some kind of craft project that makes a huge mess, reading, watching horror movies, listening to music or yelling at her favorite hockey team to get it together, already. Avon is always up for a road trip, adores Kentucky bourbon, thinks nothing is as stress relieving as a good rock concert, and will never say no to candy.
At one point, Avon was the mayor of both Jazzercise and Lollicup on Foursquare. This tells you basically all you need to know about her as a person.
Connect with Avon:
- Website: www.avongalewrites.com
- Blog: www.avongalewrites.com/category/blog/
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/avongalewrites
- Twitter: @avongalewrites
- Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/avongalewrites/
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/avongale/
About Piper Vaughn
Piper Vaughn wrote her first love story at eleven and never looked back. Since then, she’s known that writing in some form was exactly what she wanted to do. A reader at the core, Piper loves nothing more than getting lost in a great book—fantasy, young adult, romance, sci-fi, she loves them all (and has an over-two-thousand-book library to prove it!). She’s an avid tea drinker, a hockey fanatic, a vintage typewriter collector, and loves to travel so much she has “wanderlust” tattooed on her ankle and dozens of countries on her bucket list. Recently, she discovered the world of nail art and realized she’s pretty handy with a paintbrush—as long as it’s a miniature one.
As a bisexual and Latinx person, Piper takes great pride in her heritage. She grew up in an ethnically diverse neighborhood and strives to put faces and characters of every ethnicity in her stories, so her fictional worlds are as colorful as the real one. She currently resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband, son, and a cat that has Piper wrapped around her little paw. Above all, she believes that everyone needs a little true love in their life … even if it’s only in a book.
Connect with Piper:
- Website: http://pipervaughn.com/
- Blog: https://pipervaughn.wordpress.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pipervaughn
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/pipervaughn
- Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/pipervaughn7/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/piper.vaughn/
- Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104698982870458063898
To celebrate the release of Permanent Ink, one lucky winner will receive a $20 Amazon gift card and a “Poe” coffee mug! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on August 12, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!