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Spend the day with Donna & Bree (Moira Rogers)


If there’s one thing that Brynn Adler hates, it’s feeling helpless and vulnerable in unfamiliar territory. Three weeks ago, life tossed her into a just such a world. A world of werewolves she never knew existed-until she found out her sister is one of them.

The pack seems determined to hurry her back to the normal world of humans. But after everything she’s witnessed, she’s not sure she wants to go-especially if it means leaving not only her sister behind, but the one man who makes her forget her life is falling apart.

Now all she has to do is convince him to agree to a plan to force the pack to let her stay.

Joe Mitchell has been battling his protective instincts since he rescued Brynn from her kidnapper. Getting involved with her is a bad idea for a lot of reasons. She’s on shaky emotional ground, and a supernatural war is no place for a human woman. He’s not about to let her make a hasty decision, one that will only bring her pain and regret.

Now all he has to do is let her go.

Available June 9, 2009 from Samhain Publishing.

Donna:  Good morning!  Huge thanks to Greta for having us today.  It’s always loads of fun to stop by and hang out for a while.

Bree: Absolutely!  And today she’s given us a chance to answer (obliquely) the question we get most often: “How the heck do you two do that whole co-writer thing anyway?”

Donna:  Everyone wonders.  Being a writer seems like such a solitary pursuit, and it’s really hard to figure how some people do it in tandem. Especially since every partnership I’ve seen works differently!

Bree:  Including ours, depending on the day, the time, how close the looming deadlines are and if we’ve had chocolate and/or NyQuil.

Donna:  Ryan Reynolds movies have been known to derail writing time too. But that’s neither here nor there.

Bree: So with those facts firmly established, how about an introduction to A Day In The Life of Moira Rogers.  Which usually starts somewhere between 8-9 am for me, because I don’t have any toddlers in my house and my day job is two time-zones behind me.  (I love my home office.)

Donna:  For me, it’s usually more like seven or so.  Whenever my younger daughter wakes up and drags me out of bed.  She’s what my husband calls a “morning person,” but I’m not really sure what that is.

Bree:  The first thing I do is find a source of caffeine, usually Diet Pepsi Max. (God I need to cut back on that stuff.)  Then I start the e-mail adventure and say something on yahoo so Donna knows I’m (mostly) coherent. This is something like, “Mph.” Or maybe, “Blah, I’m awake.”

Donna:  I make breakfast for the kids and myself and promptly forget to eat it as I check my email and stuff.

Bree:  The reason I haven’t mentioned breakfast yet is because I’m not going to remember it until at least noon.  I’m too busy trying to prioritize the day between what needs writing, what needs updating, what needs coding–and what fascinating stuff has gone down on twitter because I swear, everyone gets up before me.

Donna:  By noon, I will have played with the kids, tried to teach them something you can’t see on Noggin (harder than it sounds!), and made lunch. Which, woefully, I also usually forget to eat.

Bree:  Which is about the earliest we ever manage any of the actual writing. And I think that’s the mysterious part, because we don’t sit down and write. Donna’s kids don’t disappear, and neither does my job.

Donna:  No, our writing basically consists of both of us tossing pieces of manuscripts back and forth via email–constantly.  It’s literally a matter of chipping away at the books, bit by tiny bit.

Bree: My day is an infinite loop.  Write 50 words on one manuscript. Answer e-mail. Write 75 words on second manuscript. Write some code.  Write 1 word on the third and get laughed at by Donna.  Answer a phone call. Go to manuscript one.

Donna:  Lather, rinse, repeat.  Only mine is: write, referee a toddler fight, write, answer the phone, write, load the dishwasher, write, edit, write…  I’m tired.

Bree:  We really can’t participate in the various challenges and word wars, because in any given 1/2 hour I’m only writing for about 5-7 minutes.  But that’s the thing–we don’t just do it at set times.  Write 15 minutes an hour for 10 hours and you’ve got a solid chunk of time every day.

Donna:  But it also means we need to be coordinated, or it slows us considerably.

Bree:  And coordinated sometimes means making sure we’re both on the same page about what’s about to happen in a book.  Otherwise it turns into a tug-of-war with each of us trying to lead the scene somewhere else, and that turns ugly.

Donna:  Haha, usually culminating in the words, “Oh crap, I just assumed we were…”

Bree:  I’m not going to pretend that never happened with our upcoming release, Sanctuary Lost.  (You see what I did there?  Was that sneaky or what?)  In fact, Sanctuary Lost is the first book we have with an entire deleted scene.  Usually the fact that we both have to be on track means we end up axing extraneous scenes before we get around to writing them, but this one had to go.

Donna:  Funny, though.  The thing I remember about it is that we didn’t have that scene in our first draft, but added it later.  And then had to take it back out again.  LOL

Bree:  And that is the glamorous life of a writer.  Perhaps I should sneak back there and edit in a couple references to cabana boys or lounging about in satin PJs while I eat expensive chocolate.

Donna:  Alas, I have expensive chocolate, but no cabana boys.

Bree:  But we do have free books!  And in lieu of a fabulous life of leisure and pool-side writing, I’m going to have to settle for giving stuff away. So thanks Greta for lettings us drop by and chat, and hopefully someone will enjoy a new book!

For more information about Moira Rogers and her books please visit her website at: http://www.moirarogers.com/.

***Leave a question for Donna and Bree about their day or about their series Red Rock Pass.  They are generously giving away two books today.

For a chance to win a download copy of Cry Sanctuary include “I would love to have Cry Sanctuary” in your comment or question.

For a chance to win a download copy of  Sanctuary Lost include “I would love to have Sanctuary Lost” in your comment or question.

Good Luck!***


42 Responses

  1. Bree, Donna, Greta Good Morning

    I just got to say I have been waiting for this book to release I loved Cry Sanctuary, and “The Little Things” was a nice look into the sanctuary books.

    “I would love to have Sanctuary Lost” Can not wait to read Brynn & Joe’s story.

    To keep a series flowing do you find it difficult?

    Do you bree and Donna find yourself at war over a character?

    If you need someone to keep the male at the Sanctuary in line I am your gal.

    Lubs ya..

  2. How did you get started working as co-writers?

  3. Deleted scene huh? I bet that was my Rocket Launcher!!! Wonderful interview.

  4. God day Ladies! Oh I love your work. I’ve read Cry Sanctuary – better say I devoured it, it’s great. Your system sounds great 🙂

    “I would love to have Sanctuary Lost”

  5. Congrats on your upcoming release day! Woohoo! I’ll bet you’re chewing at the bit, counting the days down. I’m impressed by all the coordinating you two have to do to become one voice. But with all that, it’s worth it. I haven’t read Cry Sanctuary, but would love to win a copy. After reading Crux, I know I like your writing style.

    Thanks Greta for a great interview. I really enjoyed hearing about how they manage to write as one, with all the mom duties too.


  6. @Deb: Honestly, the one thing we never fight about is characters. It could get ugly fast if we each thought they had different motivations, so we divide them up and one person gets to make all the decisions. At least that way we know it’ll be (hopefully!) consistent!

    @Chris: We’ve been friends and critique partners for about 10 years now, and a few years ago we just kind of said, “I wonder…” It wasn’t easy at first! We wrote about a million words of practice trying to find a way to synch our voices together and battle the POV monster.

    @Molli: Ha, Donna answered you on twitter and I’ll do it here: nope. No rocket launcher. But we did put one in The Little Things just for you. 😉

    @Frana: Thank you! I’m so glad you enjoyed Cry Sanctuary!

    @Julie: And thank you too. I’m super glad you enjoyed Crux, because that book’s always going to be very special to me since it’s the first book Donna and I plotted together.

  7. Great interview!

    Bree…you do know that Diet Pepsi Max is practically hydrofluoric acid and can remove rust from car bumpers, right? I read that on the internet, so it’s 110% true.

    (okay, that’s not *exactly* true…but it COULD be)

    Donna, yeah, my daughter is one of those strange “morning people.” She doesn’t get it from MY side. Although, her incredible talent in singing Noggin songs is all me.

    No books needed here, since I already have them both and heartily recommend them. Werewolves, my friends. Enough said. ^_^

  8. Hi,Bree and Donna~
    How do you come up with your story ideas?

  9. Cool, Bree! I did not realize that.

  10. Hi Ladies! I would ABSOLUTELY love to have Cry Sanctuary and I would ABSOLUTELY love to have Sanctuary Lost. OK that may sound greedy, but still! lol I have not been able to get Cry Sanctuary yet…. 😦 feel sorry for me yet? lol I DO have Crux, and loved it! Thank ya’ll for this opportunity! 🙂

  11. I’ve never read any of your books yet, and they sound great.

  12. I would love to have Sanctuary Lost. I read Cry Sanctuary and went to your website looking for more. I hope that there will be plenty more coming.

  13. I love your work and have read several of your books. I am always amazed that there are two people writing one book. It sounds like you two lead very hectic lives, maing it even more amazing that you manage to publish such great books.

    I would love to have Sanctuary Lost!


  14. But what do you do if the two of you disagree on the way a particular part should go?

    I’d love to have Cry Sanctuary, but I’d (also) love to have Sanctuary Lost!


  15. I love to read about werewolves and since I haven’t read these books I would love to have Cry Sanctuary

  16. Werewolfs are great.
    Sounds like a great book.


  17. Werewoves are neat.
    Sounds like a great book.

    Good luck with it.

  18. Bree and Donna, I’m always amazed when I read about your writing process. The fact that the two of you turn out such fabulous books makes me wonder if I should go find someone to write with. lol

    Are there a set number of books you plan to write in the Red Rock series or is it just going to continue on until you two decide that you’ve done all you can with it and then come up with another fabulous idea?

    I would love to have Sanctuary Lost

  19. Bree and Donna, you two are hilarious. You had me grinning (ear to ear) and LOL over this choice bit commentary on how you write .

    As you already know, I LOVE your books. I am impatiently counting down the last 8 days to the release of Sanctuary Lost.


  20. I confess that these books are new to me, so I don’t any interesting questions for you, ladies.

    I would definitely be interested in reading the first, Cry Sanctuary, though.

    Thank you and best luck with the new release.

  21. Hi Bree, Donna, and Greta,
    You guys are just to cute and I love your guy’s writing. What 09 movie are you guys looking forward to seeing? Mine is Transformers.

    I would love to have Cry Sanctuary”

  22. How do you coordinate the love scene(s) in your books?

    I would love a chance to win Sanctuary Lost. Thanks again. Pretty funny and enlightening interview. Thanks again.

  23. @Keith Melton: The older kid? Her new imaginary friend is a zombie. Lord help me.

    @pc: We get story ideas from all sorts of places. Usually, one of us will mention what I call a “what-if”, and then we just brainstorm from there. It’s one of my favorite parts of the whole thing.

    @nicholandria: So glad you liked Crux! Good luck!

    @Ruth Bousquet: Thanks, Ruth! 🙂

    @lorettaC: I’m working on edits for the third Red Rock book now. It’s due out this October, and Bree and I have just started working on the fourth book.

    @LuAnn Morgan: Honestly? We might fight. LOL It all depends on how strongly we feel about the matter. Usually, one of us will yield before it turns into an all-out war–er, debate.

  24. @Eva S & Sharon Baker: Werewolves might just be my favorite thing to write. One of these days: paranormal historical. I’ll talk Bree into it. LOL

    @Karin: Thanks! Obviously, we find the co-writing process extremely rewarding. It takes a thick skin, though! As far as the Red Rock Pass series, we’re planning four core books. We may have some spinoffs come around later, but the third book will be out in October, and we’ve just started writing the last book as well.

    @Sandie: Mwah! The real secret is that this is just how we talk. LOL Maybe we should do a podcast…

    @AztecLady: Thanks! 🙂

    @ann marie: Thanks! My biggest movie draw of ’09 was Watchmen. I loved it! (And not just because Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a babe.) I think Bree’s was probably seeing Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in the Wolverine movie. LOL ’09 has peaked for us already, movie-wise.

    @Armenia: As far as how we write love scenes, we do them the same way as everything else–back and forth. And there’s always each character’s, uh, style to consider. LOL There’s certainly a significant amount of plotting and discussion beforehand about what the hero and heroine are going to learn about themselves and each other with every love scene.

  25. Wow… I am so going to read your work.
    I love werewolves and all shifters!!

  26. Great interview, you two always crack me up.

    I’ve already read Cry Sanctuary and I would love to have Sanctuary Lost.

  27. I have not read either book yet, so I would love to have cry Sanctuary.
    Werewolves are my favorite paranormal creatures.

  28. I fell in love with books from both of you. I would love to have Sanctuary Lost.

  29. Great interivew! How did you choose the character’s names?
    I would love to have Cry Sanctuary!

  30. I loved Cry Sanctuary and can’t wait for Sanctuary Lost. You guys are amazing. Loved reading your interview!

    Would love to have Sanctuary Lost! 🙂


  32. just wondering how you two met and I would love to win Cry Santuary.

  33. Hi Ladies!!! I’d love to be in for CRY SANTUARY! These your names or you get to pick these cool names ( I love the name Moira!) Too with all the genres you write, is there yet one you really like to try, one you’d avoid writing?

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  35. Hello Ladies,
    As you both know my better half and I are huge fans of your work.
    Please don’t enter us for the contest, because we’ll just buy the book.

    My Question is,
    How do you maintain writting with two personalities?

    Is there a genre that you as {Moria and Donna} would like to do that you have not tried yet?

    Last question ladies, I promise

    What food best desribes your desires?


  36. So…I completely missed this yesterday! Stupid job! I would LOVE to win Sanctuary Lost cause Cry Sanctuary was awesome!
    I hope I am not too late 😦 lol
    oh well, I will just buy when it comes out! LOL 😀

  37. Donna and Bree, here’s hoping that someday you can write while lounging in the company of cabana boys (maybe they can take dictation, among other things!) and expensive chocolate 🙂 I loved Cry Sanctuary and I would love to have Sanctuary Lost!

    I’m so amazed at how smoothly you write together and what a deep, rich creative bond you’ve got–write on!

  38. Really enjoyed Cry Sanctuary and planning on getting every other book in this series. Werewolves are a favorite. Have you done character interviews yet?
    Would love a copy of Sanctuary Lost but will wait til next week if I have to.

  39. Sounds like you really work well together!

    “I would love to have Cry Sanctuary” and really “I would love to have Sanctuary Lost” !

  40. I love shapeshifter stories and werewolves are at the top of the list. Where do you get all these ideas for the books? I would love to read this series and would love to have “Sanctuary Lost”!

  41. Oh, that sounds really great 🙂 I would love to have Cry Sanctuary – honestly, I can’t wait for your books to come out in print form next year…
    Greets, Lani

  42. I’m not picky, I would love either book but i think Sanctuary Lost would be my 1st choice. I love anything paranormal and especially werewolves and vamps. Sanctuary Lost sounds really good and I love books published by Samhain.

    “I would love to have Cry Sanctuary”

    “I would love to have Sanctuary Lost”

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