Jay Walker has two wishes: to perform the play of his dreams alongside his best friend at Wellington’s Tory Street Theatre, and to meet that special someone. Someone he’d go to the ends of the earth for. Someone who might only exist in fairy tales.
When Jay meets accordion busker Lethe Cross, it’s like living a dream come true. Lethe’s music captivates Jay, and he resolves to meet the man who plays so beautifully. But then he discovers Lethe’s life is more like a nightmare. The phrase “down on his luck” can’t begin to cover it. Determined to help, Jay does some snooping for answers—and winds up on the wrong end of a centuries-old curse. The good news is there’s a way to break it. The bad news is it might cost Jay his life.
(Un)Masked was the first book I had published. I co-wrote it with the amazingly talented, Antya Sunday. In some ways, working with Anyta spoiled me. The easy working relationship we had led me to believe this was normal. I’ve since learned that writing with someone else is very difficult. Just because you work well with one person doesn’t mean you will have the same results with everyone. I wish I knew why it was so seamless, I could market that and make a fortune. But I can’t.
One of the biggest advantages to working with another author is an instant Beta Reader on steroids. Even the best Beta Reader can’t match the time commitment of a co-author. Many of the chapters ended up with nine or ten re-writes. I think we had fourteen in one chapter. One small change prompted a reaction from the other side. We’d even went back and forth over individual words in sentences. All of that made for a smoother read.
As a co-author I had to recognize that my brilliant ideas and word choices weren’t always received the same by my co-author. For me the most difficult part of the collaboration was to check the be in control nature of being an author. It wasn’t just my character any more. Sometimes they say different things to different people. Fortunately, Anyta and I seemed to have very few episodes where we had trouble agreeing. And even those bumps worked themselves out fairly quickly.
I’m hoping to write again with Anyta. Time will tell if that happens.
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About the Author:
Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of twenty years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.
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