How to co-write a book

Traci Hall and I have been friends for fifteen years or so. We met when we were both unpublished in a critique group. Fast forward to 2019, and we now have 90 published books between us. Traci has written in many genres, myself only romance.

Now, the two of us have entered another playing field. We are co-writing a Cozy Mystery series for Kensington, using the author name of Traci Wilton.

Many of you probably wonder how two people, living 4 hours away from each other could possibly write a book together, little alone three. (hopefully many more if our sales our good!)

For us, it came easy. Traci has edited my books for years–she’s awesome at it! and we write in similar styles. It was a natural fit–the only problem being that neither of us had ever written a mystery. When our agent, Evan Marshall asked us if we’d like to try writing a book similar to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir as he had an editor friend from Kensington looking for that material, well, we didn’t say no! 

We did extensive research by meeting in Salem, taking in all the haunted, ghostly tours, the witch re-enactments, finding the perfect lobster, the exquisite cocktail. Hard work, but we did it well! In fifteen months we wrote our three books–one of us would do the first chapter, then the other would do the second, light editing all the way through. Occasionally we’d have our differences but we’d compromise and bury our egos for the sake of the book. Mutual respect is key in co-authoring, and keeping a sense of humor! In May we went to a writers retreat in Santorini and plotted out another three!

Mrs. Morris and the Ghost debuts world wide on July 30/19.

Available from Amazon

Charlene Morris knew Salem, Massachusetts had a spooky reputation. But when she decided to open her B&B there, she expected guests—not ghosts…
A grieving young widow, Charlene needed a new start—so she bought a historic mansion, sight unseen, and drove from Chicago to New England to start turning it into a bed-and-breakfast. On her first night in the house, she awakens to find a handsome man with startling blue eyes in her bedroom. Terror turns to utter disbelief when he politely introduces himself as Jack Strathmore—and explains that he used to live here—when he was alive. He firmly believes that someone pushed him down the stairs three years ago, and he won’t be able to leave until someone figures out who. If Charlene wants to get her business up and running in time for the Halloween tourist rush, and get this haunting houseguest out of the way, she’ll have to investigate. Though truth be told, this ghost is starting to grow on her.

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Patrice Wilton

About Patrice Wilton

Patrice Wilton knew from the age of twelve that she wanted to write books that would take the reader to faraway places. She was born in Vancouver, Canada, and had a great need to see the world that she had read about. Patrice became a flight attendant for seventeen years and traveled the world. At the age of forty she sat down to write her first book—in longhand! Her interests include tennis, golf, and writing stories for women of all ages. She is a mother of two, has four lovely grand-daughters, and a wonderful man at her side. They live in West Palm Beach, Florida, where he teaches her golf, and she teaches him patience. Her best selling books are the CANDY BAR series, SERENDIPITY FALLS series, and most recently PARADISE COVE and A CHRISTMAS COLLECTION series. She is a New York Times best selling author.  View website

6 Replies to “How to co-write a book”

  1. I have always thought that co-writing would be a nightmare. Many do it but I’m hard to live with…lol. So glad you two are finding it just what it’s hoped to be, fun, lucrative, a break from writing alone. Lets face it, writing is not a social sport normally.
    P.S. The Ghost and Mrs. Muir is one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE movies and done well BEFORE I was born, so that is saying something. I’m anxious for the end of the month when I can read yours. Thanks for sharing!

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