I received a very interesting email from Sarah at Open Road Media, the publicist of Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer. She informed me that the authors recently re-released three books together in ebook format: Sorcery and Cecelia, The Mislaid Magician and The Grand Tour.
Here is what Sarah said...
"Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer began writing to one another "in character" as part of a Letter Game (Wrede as Cecy and Stevermer as Kate), neither author intended for a novel to come of it! After about six months of writing back and forth, they compiled all of their letters and decided they would make a really neat book. It wasn't until this point, when the game was over, that the two went back through their notes and edited everything to fit into a cohesive novel."
So today, I'm giving you the links to the original letters and what they turned into for the book. I love sneak peaks like this into the making of a story. I hope you enjoy it too.
Isn't that fascinating? I love that these two authors got into character and wrote to each other for entertainment. That they then turned their fun into a book is even more awesome. See how much fun authors are?
After reading the letters, what are your thoughts?
I found it very interesting that in the original letter to Kate, the Cecy is more telling and leading Kate on things that Kate would probably already know, like her age, Reverend Fitzwilliam's full name. Also, the second letter is much more conversational in my opinion, it flows better. I adored how in Kate's reply her personality shines.
This is a great example of how using letters in fiction can give a 1st person point of view to the reader of our characters.
Can't wait to check out the books!