Wednesday, January 02, 2008
BOM: How the Idea Germinated
Synergy |ˈsinərjē| (also synergism |-ˌjizəm|)nounthe interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects .
OR: two heads are better than one.
The Heavenly Daze series is a direct result of synergy. One day my good friend Lady Lori (Copeland) called and said she'd had this idea about a small town series. I said it'd be cute to add in some angels, but she'd have to be careful to get the angels right--none of this Hollywood stuff that's downright unbiblical. Lori asked if I'd ever thought of co-writing such a series. I said I'd given up co-writing, unless the other writer is actually a writer, and then . . . ta da! The idea was born.
Lori's specialty is small town life and humor. I usually write "heavier" topics and am more comfortable writing about deeper biblical issues. I'd never written anything funny, and was aching to exercise my funny bone.
We were immediately enthusiastic about the concept and we KNEW we had a winner. We set out to convince a publisher to give us a green light, so we met with a couple of different editors, took them cranberry scones, and fairly bubbled over with adrenaline. One of our publishers said he was sold on our enthusiasm alone. :-)
Once the contract was settled, we began our research . . . but that's a topic for tomorrow!