Today I have an author interview from two of my favorite authors who write under the pseudonym Erin Watt. I have read almost all of their books. I love their Royals series, it such as guilty pleasure. I have read and reviewed for the following books: When It’s Real and One Small Thing
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Erin Watt is the pen name of Jen Frederick and Elle Kennedy, two New York Times bestselling authors. Jen and Elle bonded over their shared love of romance novels, writing, and football. Together they write crazy and angsty young adult romance.
Now let’s talk about your writing style.
Q: Do you set a plot or prefer going wherever an idea takes you?
Before we start writing, we like to have as much of the plot outlined as we can. When you have two people writing the same story together, you need to have a good idea of where the story is going and how the characters are going to react to events. It’s hard to fly by the seat of your pants when there are two of you!
Q: What, according to you, is the hardest thing about writing?
Staying motivated! Sometimes there are days when you’re not inspired, or simply don’t feel like writing, and that’s when you have to remember that it is a job as much as it is a passion.
Q: What would you say is the easiest aspect of writing?
When you have a story idea you are passionate about, the words just flow and make the whole writing process so easy!
Q: Do you share your work along the way or wait until it is complete to have others read?
We only share it with each other until we have a first draft done. After that, we have editors and a few trusted friends that read early copies and send us their thoughts.
Q: How do you organize yourself as a writer? How do you keep track of your ideas, inspirations, characters?
We usually have a shared drive in which we write our ideas and story outlines. We also email back and forth, or talk on the phone to discuss plot and characters.
Now let’s talk about your books.
Q: What’s your favorite character you have written?
We both love Reed Royal—he’s just so tortured and brooding, which makes him very fun to write.
Q: What inspired you to write One Small Thing?
We were fascinated with the idea of a “forbidden” romance, and we also wanted to write something that contained a bit more angst than our previous standalone title (When It’s Real).
Now let’s talk about books that influence your writing.
Q: What types of books do you read? Do they influence your writing and if so, in what way?
We read a little bit of everything. We try not to read too much in the genre we are currently writing, so no YA books when we are in the middle of writing!
Q; Who is your favorite author?
Jen: I have so many. How much time do you have? Recently, I’ve really enjoyed Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography and Alexa Riley’s Shameless. One’s a gorgeous, touching young adult story and the other is a super sexy romance.
Q: What’s the last book you have read?
Elle: A Simple Favor, by Darcey Bell—it was a fun little thriller.
Jen – Roomies by Christina Lauren. It’s a touching romance. I hear they are making it into a film!
Q: Tell us where we can find you online.
You can find us here: