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The Hidden Gems Author Podcast

Episode 114 – Sister Act: Unveiling the Co-Authoring Experience

Hosted by: Craig Tuch and Roland Hulme with special guest Charlene Tess & Judi Thompson

Collaborative writing can take many forms, and in this week’s episode, we delve into the story of two authors who have defied the physical distance between them to co-author and self-publish an impressive array of novels. With a blend of romantic suspense, comedy, and second-chance romance, Charlene Tess and Judi Thompson have leveraged their distinct strengths and modern communication tools to become a cross-state writing powerhouse.

Unique challenges are inherent in any writing partnership, but when these obstacles are seen as opportunities, they can enhance the creative process. Blending the spontaneous instincts of Judi’s ‘pantser’ mentality with Charlene’s more structured ‘plotter’ foresight, the sisters have developed a collaborative strategy that has flourished over a decade of publishing success.

To them, the essence of a fruitful writing partnership is in finding a balance in temperaments, honoring mutual creative freedom, and allowing your work process to evolve over time. Judi and Charlene are an inspiring model for collaboration that’s both relatable and attainable, whether you’re seasoned in co-writing or just starting out, and regardless of whether your writing partner is a family member or just a friend.

Charlene Tess & Judi Thompson

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