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Monday, February 10, 2014

BIG BONE LICK PACK (ANTHOLOGY)


BIG BONE LICK PACK (ANTHOLOGY)

Bad Wolf & Devil Dog by Kendall McKenna
Big, Bad Bear by Jambrea Jo Jones
Shifty Fox Shenanigans by Cherie Noel














Big Bone Lick Pack is an anthology, with stories written by Kendall McKenna (www.kendallmckenna.com), Jambrea Jo Jones (www.jambrea.com), Cherie Noel (http://talesfromthewritingcave.blogspot.com/p/my-books.html). The stories take place in and around Big Bone Lick State Park in Kentucky, and feature a pack of werewolves, among other types of shifters. This was the first time the three of us had collaborated with one another, and it was an interesting, beneficial experience.

Partnership. Writing stories for an anthology is different than co-writing a novel with another author. Contributing to an anthology like Big Bone Lick Pack is also different from contributing to a publisher call anthology. With a publisher call they provide you a theme or a topic, and each author writes a solo story that matches the theme. Jambrea’s done a few of those. Kendall never has. Big Bone Lick Pack was different because Cherie came up with the original idea. It started with seeing pictures in a Facebook post that prompted the desire to write a story about the location, Big Bone Lick Sate Park, in Kentucky. She called on Kris Jacen, with MLR Press, to see if she’d be willing to edit. Cherie tapped Jambrea first, to participate, then she wrangled Kendall into going in with us. Getting Kendall on board was a major coup, because she consciously chooses not to collaborate, for a myriad of reasons.

Once we had the geography of the setting sorted out, and established that we were writing about shifters, we had to consult with each other to ensure our world building was consistent. Each of our stories takes place in the same place at around the same time. We borrowed one another’s characters when and where necessary. Elements in each story affected elements in the others. For instance, Jambrea’s story starts at the same point as Kendall’s, but Jambrea’s story functions as a reveal for one of the most significant events in Kendall’s story. It was necessary to make sure our world building was consistent all the way through. It was also important that none of us contradicted something said or done in one of the other stories.

We also had to coordinate our timelines. When Kendall borrowed Cherie’s character, Simon, she had to ensure to write him in a way consistent with his behavior at the beginning of Cherie’s story. When Jambrea borrowed Kendall’s character, Asa, she had to ensure that a telephone call takes place at a point when Asa is not actually on the page of Kendall’s story.

While we started out with a Google doc, listing all the vital statistics of out characters, and links to relevant research tidbits we’d each dug up, we mostly PM’d back and forth a lot via Facebook. We helped one another to determine distances between towns and cities, and what that meant in terms of drive time. Jambrea and Kendall have characters who work for the same law enforcement agency, so it was necessary to coordinate who held what rank and patrolled which beat. Kendall and Cherie had to coordinate what physical injuries Kendall’s character, Seth, had received, so that Cherie’s character could provide the correct after care.

It helps immensely work with people you have interacted with before. One of the only reason’s Kendall agreed to participate was that she’d met Jambrea and Cherie in real life, and knew she wouldn’t have to worry about them trying to dictate story elements to her. We all knew a little bit about each other, and we were pretty sure we could work well together. It’s always an experiment when individual work as a team for the first time, but we think this one worked out pretty well. The experience was collaborative, educational, cooperative, and most of all, FUN. Having fun was one of the few hard and fast rules our editor, Kris, gave us, and we took it to heart.

There’s talk of a sequel, and rumor has it that Cherie has already created a Google doc that includes actual plot bunnies. Kendall is waiting to find out the deadline for a previous commitment, to see what her writing timeline looks like. One thing is for certain, the experience of creating Big Bone Lick Pack was a positive enough one, that none of us is ruling out the chance of a sequel. Without a doubt, this was a successful collaboration.  



Blurb:
Welcome to the Big Bone Lick Pack: A more friendly and hospitable group of werewolves you’ll never meet! Visit with; 'Devil Dog & Bad Wolf', a 'Big Bad Bear' and enjoy some 'Shifty Fox Shenanigans'. Watch yourself, 'round the state park, 'cause we had a grizzly on the loose, just a bit ago. Our brave men and woman of the Boone County Sheriff's Department have everything under control. (Except maybe their own love lives!) But if you find yourself needing a doctor, head on down to Rabbit Hash clinic, or St. Elizabeth's Hospital is just up the road a piece. We hope you enjoy your stay.  



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3 comments:

  1. I'm loving this blog tour, just not as much as the book. Lol

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  2. Interesting post

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  3. I'm loving this tour, though I just realized, I forgot to enter the giveaway on Rafflecopter *facepalm* Me and my forgetfulness...

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