What a fabulously strange year it has been so far...
In the beginning of August, both of us instantly knew it was time to start on the next Saurimonde book. Almost the day after we made this decision, a friend of ours offered us her gorgeous, serene house for a couple of weeks and we jumped on the opportunity.
For the first time since we began the Saurimonde journey we actually sat down together and embarked upon a treatment while in the same room.
During the other two books, Scarlett was living halfway across the world in France while Melissa was in California, and we'd tossed ideas back and forth on Skype.
To be honest we only had the vaguest idea for an outline of the first book. The same for the second, although the writing went much faster on that one. This time we were prepared and now we are gearing up for the most raucous story yet.
It was amazing how easy it all came together. We spent most of the afternoon lounging in the walled front garden tossing back and forth ideas until we got stuck. Then, we'd take a break or resume the next day.
There might have been some wine drinking involved and a lot of, "Are we really going to do something that horrible to the characters? Oh yes, we are...” (Insert girlish cackling here.)
We are astounded the way the Saurimonde world has grown and the ways in which the story is opening up. What started as a vague idea a few years ago in a casual conversation has taken on a life of its own and become its own mythology.