Why We Wrote Our Series
Authors Annie Acorn and Juliette Hill Team up, Writing as Charlotte Kent on their Captain’s Point Stories Series!
Many of our Captain’s Point Stories series readers are curious about how our collaboration as the writing team of Charlotte Kent emerged and how that collaboration works. Perhaps, it’s best to start at the beginning.
In the words of Annie Acorn, “On January 10, 2013, Juliette Hill and I were discussing how best to organize her efforts during the coming year – author and publisher, and I suggested she attempt a romance series.
“In an effort to inspire her, I outlined the basis for a mystery series that I had carried around in my mind for over twenty years. The series was supposed to be set in a Victorian home in a Midwestern small town with a blonde-haired, blue-eyed heroine, and I thought the basic premise would work just as well for a romance series.
“We agreed I would do the initial writing and so it began.
“The minute my fingers touched the keyboard, I knew we were in trouble, because Adrianna refused to be blonde and blue-eyed, demanding to be dark-haired and dark-eyed, was on her way to the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and had bonded with a fellow passenger on the plane, who Juliette and I knew nothing about. The house had morphed considerably and contained more characters we had not envisioned. In the end, we agreed it would be best if we merely went with the flow, since we could hardly do otherwise.”
Once we began our series, our characters spoke volumes and directed us in a myriad of directions for storylines that, in some cases, we had never even anticipated. As most writers know, we could only fasten our seatbelts and let our characters lead the way through our Captain’s Point series, now encompassing four released full-length novels with A Chester’s Christmas ready to launch on December 1, 2015, as well as, six published short stories, novelettes or novellas and many more in the pipeline.
We usually collaborate over the phone or at meetings either at Annie’s home or Clyde’s Tower Oaks Lodge in Rockville, Maryland – the latter location having served as the inspiration for Montgomery’s restaurant depicted in the Captain’s Point Stories series, along with its famous Cream of Crab soup.
Paramount to our success as a team, we both have a genuine liking and respect for the other both personally and professionally, and the fact we share similar ideas about romance writing and a love for the characters we have created doesn’t hurt either.
The hardest part of collaborating has turned out to be scheduling the time to both write and market the series, since we both pursue individual writing careers as well and are both involved in the day-to-day operations of Annie Acorn Publishing LLC.
We’ve been hard at work in 2015, and readers can look forward to what’s coming next in our series, specifically:
Love’s Second Chance – a fifth full-length novel in the Captain’s Point Stories Series.
A Chester’s Christmas – a collection of novellas and novelettes, centering on Chester’s Crab Shack, designed to be read concurrently with the first six novels, includes: One Sweet Christmas (novelette), A Magic Cup of Christmas Tea (novella), Finally Home for Christmas (novella), and An Unexpected Christmas (novelette).
Books, Novellas and Stories:
Annie Acorn’s 2015 Spirited Tales (Parisian Ghosts) http://www.amazon.com/Annie-Acorns-2015-Spirited-Tales/dp/1518686583/ref=sr_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445348645&sr=1-4&keywords=charlotte+kent