Today, I am more than pleased to tell you what I think about Falling for Rain, Janice Kirk and Gina Buonaguro’s third novel together. Yeap, they’ve written three novels together and they’re also sharing how it works and what having a co-author feels like. So read along for that! Hope you enjoy my stop!
About Falling for Rain
A contemporary romance set in rural Ontario, Falling for Rain is a story about homecomings and forgiveness. When Emily was eighteen, her mother died in a farm accident. Devastated, Emily vowed never to suffer the loss of love again. She fled to Toronto and transformed herself from a farm girl into a sophisticated businesswoman.
Now, ten years later, Emily is back to sell the family farm and put her past behind her forever. However, she didn’t count on finding Ray Storm, the farmhand she had nicknamed Rain as a child, more attractive than ever. But as Emily struggles to come to terms with the tragedy of her mother’s untimely death and learns to trust again, Rain harbours a secret that he fears will keep them apart forever.
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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG
How We Wrote Falling for Rain Together
by Gina Buonaguro & Janice Kirk
“You wrote a novel together – how does that work?”
It’s the number one question we receive from readers and editors alike. As this year we are celebrating 10 years of working together with four books behind us and two more on the go, we can only answer “very well.”
We met in a French class in Kingston, Ontario, and, upon discovering we both were already writing, formed our own mini-authors group. After many months of reading and critiquing each other’s individual work, we decided to officially become coauthors.
So how does it work? Co-authoring for us doesn’t mean sitting side-by-side in front of the computer screen. What we do is telephone, email, skype, use google docs, and meet in each other’s kitchens, in cafés, and on patios – A LOT. We then assign each other tasks and deadlines. We research, we plot, and of course we write. We then exchange these drafts for comments and edits before returning to them for a rewrite or two – or twenty. We discuss – and sometimes politely duel over – literally every single word in all our novels. Through this process, this constant back and forth, we somehow have found our collective “voice.”
While writing our first novel, The Sidewalk Artist, fearful of offending the other, we were diplomatic to a fault. If Janice wrote something Gina didn’t like, it was up to Janice to gently convince Gina of its magnificence or out it went. Some of these discussions would last for days and dozens of emails, only to have the winner concede the point on the next read with a sheepish “You were right.” In the end, we realized it’s not whether the idea or the sentence is one or the other’s – it’s whether it’s the right one. This epiphany led us to change our approach in Ciao Bella. Confident in our process and each other, we threw our careful diplomacy to the wind. It was if our individual egos had been subsumed by our collective ego. “This sentence is shit! Who wrote that?” was much more in keeping with the tone. That we laughed it off shows we’ll survive our next books together too.
We’ve come to realize we’re in this together for the long haul and are now working to make writing our careers. This has meant thinking in a more entrepreneurial way, and one of the ways we’re doing this is by turning to self-publishing as a way to supplement our incomes.
Falling for Rain was a romance Janice began long before she even met Gina. It’s a story that in many ways is closest to her heart. The rural Ontario setting is the romantic landscape of forests and lakes in which she grew up and loves. Writing Falling for Rain was as much a going-home story for her as for the heroine Emily. Its themes – forgiveness and redemption, that all is not lost, that life gives us second chances should we choose to take them – are ones that resonate through all our collective novels. Not to mention we’re in love with all the heroes of our books: Raphael in The Sidewalk Artist, Frank and Ugo in Ciao Bella, and Francesco in the forthcoming The Wolves of St. Peter’s. Rain in Falling for Rain is no exception. As one Amazon reviewer wrote: “We all need a little Rain in our lives.”
With the decision to self-publish, Gina gave the novel a professional edit and learned all the tricks of formatting, posting, and marketing ebooks, while Janice enlisted her graphic designer son to design the cover. We put it out there, and now Falling for Rain is gathering an audience that loves it as much as we do.
It has taken us ten years to come to the stage where we can envision being full-time writers – and the support and encouragement we’ve given each other has been an essential part of that process. As Janice once signed off on an email after a particularly brutal rejection letter: “Coauthors in sickness and in health.” Between the plotting and writing, revising and editing, marketing and publicizing, managing expenses and interacting with agents and editors, writing as a career is no easy task for one individual to pull off. So when people ask us how we write together, we respond by saying, “How do people write alone?”
Wow. I can’t even believe this is written by two people. It was solid and like they said in the guest blog (Go read it if you haven’t! It’s mighty interesting!), they found their collective voice and this is the voice that tells the story. The novel does not feel disjointed in any manner, like I’ve been expecting, since it’s written by two people. Like even though I edit my groupmates’ parts in our lab report, you can still see that it’s written by three people. I guess I am not a good editor so haha!
It must be so nice to be friends and to be co-authors. You can call each other’s shit and that’s actually true based on Janice and Gina’s story. They even co-authored the guest blog. It’s amazing. The novel was written in the third person’s POV and I think that makes them even more amazing, to be able to write in third person as one. I read books with two authors but most of them are told from the point of view of two characters so you need not have a collective voice since these two characters are different. So wow, really.
I love second chances, going back to your home and all that plot tropes. Really, it just tickles me to meet your childhood sweetheart, to see that one person in your previous life whom you did not hate, those stories always have me reading them. So it’s no wonder I really like this novel. It is not groundbreaking since I can enumerate a lot of novels, and contemporary novels at that, that have this storyline. But still, the plot twists and turns kept me wanting more, getting my reading pace faster and faster. What I do like about stories of second chances is that I can just sit back or lie around, curled up with the book, and drift away with the story. Because it’s familiar, it’s this knowing that I will be rewarded in the end, is a feeling I will never be tired of.
DIBS ON RAIN! Haha! I do know that he has been the book boyfriend of tons before me but still, Raymond Storm is the man. He maybe is around twice my age but I don’t care. I just rooted for him all the way. You’ll find yourself cheering for Emily to just let go and be with Rain but you do know she has to undergo character development and you’ll just join her and watch her do just that.
This is a feel-good book you’d enjoy while in your favorite PJ’s sipping hot choco or whatever beverage you like while chilling. Who am I kidding? You will enjoy this book in whatever clothes you wear and wherever you are.
Hope my review helped! (And convinced you to purchase this book because it is worth it! <3)
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