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In a continuing series of features from our authors, Frank Zafiro and Eric Beetner discuss the collaborative process.

Frank: Eric, you’ve done some collaboration before we got together for the Cam and Bricks Job series. How’d that first time happen?

Eric: My first collaboration was with a writer named JB Kohl which resulted in a book called One Too Many Blows To The Head and eventually two more novels. Well, three if you count the one unpublished book. She and I found each other online back when I was running the social media for the Film Noir Foundation. She asked to link to our page on her author site and I checked it out. Her only novel at the time was called The Deputy’s Widow and it sounded like my kind of book so I bought it. I really enjoyed it and wrote to tell her so and sent her a short story of mine. She was the one who asked me to co-write which I was leery of at first, but it turned out to be great fun and a painless experience.

One thing that I think helped is that we don’t write in the same room together. In fact, we’ve never met formally. Everything we do is via email. And — what a coincidence — the same goes for you and I, Frank.

So I’ll ask you, do you prefer collaborating rather anonymously? Does it give you the freedom to still feel ownership over your part of the books? And I know we’re not opposed to meeting, but do you think it will jinx us?

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