So a long time ago, Raye and I decided that we would try our hand at writing a book together. We were both big readers and we also loved to write, so we thought why not combine this into a novel? Pretty quickly we managed to get Coming Home to You drafted and finished. We even had all of Finding Home with You done and half of Making Home with You done. Then it all kinda just died in the ass… Why? Even we weren’t really sure. All we knew is we lost our mojo, even though it had been really good fun. And it wasn’t until we took a vacation together to Hawaii in 2018 that we finally rekindled our love of writing, which resulted in us completely re-writing Finding Home with You and Making Home with You, as well as getting our shit together with the whole marketing and promo thing. How did this all happen…well we can probably trace it back to two things…alcohol and our crazy-ass husbands and all their snarky, sarcastic wisecracks as we sat at our swim up bar! Would you agree, Raye?
I would totally agree! It was definitely their support that got us going again… That and all that alcohol. (*drinks all the mai tais*). We literally published Coming Home to You and thought, “We wrote a book, so people will read it, right?” The answer to this was no, straight up no. We had no idea we needed to market the book, which brought us to our time in Hawaii. Our hubs are pretty successful and very knowledgeable, and while they basically think we write porn, they helped us get our shit together. We came back from our vacation refreshed, ten pounds heavier with a possible drinking problem and ready to write some books. We wrote Finding Home with You and Making Home with You at the same time, and then proceeded to crank out our next book, which may have been inspired by the shitty wine choices at our Hawaiian hotel’s club level. Btw, where did the idea for the Love & Wine series come from, Claire?
Definitely a drinking problem…although to be fair, pretty sure I was making a solid effort on that one before we went on vacation. Was that the inspiration for the Love & Wine series? I don’t know. I know I did suggest we write about a sexy farmer, who’s cranky and hot and falls for a girl who he then has hot sex with in a barn…which is totally different to what we ended up writing about, so clearly that wasn’t it. Or maybe like so many of our ideas, it started with that, and then evolved into something entirely different through our constant back and forth (and often drunk) messaging…?
Pmsl at the hot farmer having some sexy times in the barn! Hay in places that hay should never be! Well, whatever it was it was totally fueled by alcohol. I guess all we can say is we are back thanks to our husbands, mai tais, swim up bars, and Dramamine comas and stolen champagne (more on that another time).
Yeah, and let’s not forget the vodka and POG 😉