Then and Now

What a strange journey it’s been…

Doing something a little different for today’s blog post. I’m going to get all introspective. No not that the answer to life = 42 and if all else fails X = 8 (although I swear that last one works more often than should be possible).

Supposed to meetLooking back at where Toni and I started and where we are now – just wow.

Who knew taking a two-hour, Sunday writing class would start a great friendship and a co-writing career.
I sure didn’t, but am so glad it happened.

I don’t think either Toni or I expected to learn so much during our journey or have so much fun.

There were days spent watching A Knights Tale for inspiration – well because – it’s A Knights Tale. (Don’t laugh it’s an awesome movie to get you reaching for the stars!)


White board sessions planning the books. I don’t think either of us could read this picture after we were done. Thankfully we understood it, although everything got changed anyways.


More changes when a novella with a mind of its own, decided to become a full-fledged novel.

More wine. More caffeine. More chocolate or was it brownies…

Head bashing when we hit that “I hate this MS and want to tear it to shreds” stage.

KT-Fierce Face

Photo courtesy of A Knights Tale

Yeah that face. That feeling. Except magnify it by two people.

KT-Say What.

And then there were the edits, and the compromises and the “You want to do what?”

“Um, how?”

*blank stares*

Okay, there were several of these moments.

Photo courtesy of A Knights Tale

So many chats and emails and phone calls and yes, bottles of wine or coffees or Dr. Peppers that you’d need a spreadsheet to keep track of it all. (Toni probably has one somewhere. *wink*)

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This September, IMAGES ETERNAL will celebrate its first birthday and SHOALMAN IMMORTAL its six-month milestone.


Almost a year. It still bogles my mind with what we have accomplished.

Book 3 is in revisions with planning already starting on book 4. These two present a much bigger challenge than we’ve taken on before since the intertwined storylines complement and complicate each other. The tangled web has tripped us up a few times. But we will persevere.

That’s the beauty of writing. If all else fails…

Plot Twist

Well okay, maybe it’s not that simple. But I do know one thing for sure…

…the journey is half the fun and it’s not over yet!

Stay tunes for more exciting posts as we get closer to Baltimore Book Festival. We will be featuring some of our local authors appearing at the festival.

Come meet us, and them, in person at the Maryland Romance Writer’s tent.

Baltimore Book Festival

September 25-27, 2015

Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland

 It’s FREE and a fantastic place to get lost in the world of books, authors, and artists.


One part Kira Decker and one part Toni Cross who share some brain cells to write stories together.

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Posted in #WoW, Baltimore Book Festival, Images Eternal, Sharing, Shoalman Immortal, The Shoalman Chronicles, WIP, Writing, Writing Inspirations

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