How we do it
You asked, we answered!
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Working together has been a fun and crazy experience, and we want to share some of that insight with all of you.

We asked what questions you’d like to see answered here, and these were the top 10:

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How did you two meet?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

Through a reader I met at my first signing in New Orleans in 2017. Like any indie author, I was desperate to expand my reader base, and Erica kindly recommended my books to Daryn. Daryn contacted me after she’d read them to let me know how much she enjoyed them. We had a few polite conversations, but one night, I was going through a tough time and made a post on Facebook about it. Daryn was in my private messages in no time, offering much-needed support. I found her surprisingly easy to talk to. Over the next few days, we rapidly learned our personalities are very similar.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

A friend I have known forever started adding me to reader groups. She sent me a message asking if I wanted to read an author’s books that she met. I read the first book in the Perfection Series and messaged Heather, letting her know I loved it. Basically from that moment on I fangirled and stalked her. I would message her randomly chatting. So, basically, I stalked her and made her be my friend.

What led you two to the idea of collaborating on stories?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

Well, as we grew to know each other, Daryn confessed she’d been doing some writing of her own. She and I crack each other up daily and one time, one of us said something hilarious. I don’t remember who said it, but one of us said “We really need to write this down. It would make a great book.” Or something to that effect. From there it kind of spiraled out of control, the premise of what life would be like if we were single, childless and roommates somewhere. Before we knew it, we were writing Fireball & Fiascos.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

We frequently crack ourselves up. I think we were talking about the NOLA signing…. Anyway, it led to “what trouble we could get into”. Next thing you know Fireball & Fiascos was born.

Where do your ideas come from?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

Honestly, most of them still come from our conversations. We keep a file of things we’ve said to each other that make us laugh and Daryn will say “Write that down!” I’ll copy and paste it into a Google document we have just for snippets of conversation. Then, sometimes when we’re writing, we’ll go in and look at the file to see if anything inspires a scene. Other times, we’ll be talking about the story we’re working on and just bounce ideas off each other. Daryn is very good at coming up with scenarios and situations. She’s much more of an “ideas” person, while I do a lot more “wordsmithing.” It works well for us with the vastly different time constraints and responsibilities we have.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

We laugh at ourselves… a lot. There are so many sarcastic, funny, snort worthy comments that we make that lead us rolling in laughter. A lot of times one of us will say something and the other will pick up mid-sentence. We joke frequently that we share the same brain.

What do you enjoy most about writing together?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

We joke about being soul-mates, so we have book babies! Seriously though, it’s nice to share something together that goes beyond the normal bounds of friendship. We have, and continue to, create things that will outlast us. We get to share them with other people, hopefully entertaining them the way we entertain ourselves.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

I love that I have a best friend that who hears voices too. Just kidding (not really. Characters talk to you and you hear voices.) It’s neat to have this book baby, that we share. To watch the characters grow between us and how they have pieces of each of us and we did that together.

What are your rituals when writing?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

I like it quiet, but am learning to put on music since I started homeschooling my kids. I need something to drown their noisiness out. I really want Mr. G to build me a "she-shed" where I can have an office/library and go back to my peace and quiet.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

Yes. I get something to drink, my phone, my chargers, my laptop, my journals and pile up somewhere. Then I turn the music on and start writing. I want everything within reach because I get irritated if I am on a roll and have to stop and get up for something.

Do you always agree on where the story goes?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

Usually, but not always. When we do disagree, we usually talk it through and explain our logic and either end up agreeing, or decide the other person has the better vision.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

Most of the time. I mean there has been an instance or two where we haven't agreed but we usually both tell our point of view. Once we do, usually we compromise or one will say "I like your idea better". It all flows easily between us.

Aside from writing together, you both have individual works you’ve published. What was your creative inspiration for those?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

I wrote The Perfection Series, which is a four-book saga about one woman’s path to true love. (There’s also a bonus novella that is a sort of prequel to the series. It gives the back story of one of the main characters.) A real-life situation inspired me to write the first book, Shattered Perfection. I was deeply affected by the experience and felt compelled to write out the emotions I was experiencing. At the time I was writing, there was a major news case gaining a lot of attention, and that situation also deeply touched me. I strung the two situations together and voila!


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

It’s like a secret. So, I have one book published that was co-written with Gabrial Quinn, the inspiration came again a random conversation with Gabrial one day. I have a couple that I started (that haven’t been published yet) before I co-wrote with Gabrial and then Heather. All my inspiration comes from a multitude of things. It could be random conversation, something that happened in my life, a “what-if” situation, something I heard / saw. Anything really.

What was your writing process, and was it very different from how you write together?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

Yes, and no. Writing solo, I still seek out people I trust with my ideas and bounce certain things off them. I’m personally a “pantser.” I’ll sit down with an idea and make decisions about scenes and character choices as I’m typing, with no real road map. I may have two or three plot points in mind, but each scene that takes me from one to the other is what falls off my fingertips.

Daryn is a little bit more of a plotter than I am. We’ll be discussing a scene and she’ll ask: “Okay, so what happens next?” In my head, my response is: “Don’t know. We’ll see when we get there,” but I recognize that turns a collaboration into a solo project, so I force myself to plan out scenes a little more. She does give me a wide berth when I get on a roll, though.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

So, writing on my own, I write what hits me, this means I may only be a thousand words in, but I am writing a love scene five chapters in. lol. This caused a “Damn It” moment when Gabrial and I were writing Cage Master. We came upon a particular scene and was like “Ummmm… ok, now we have to work around this.” If that makes sense. I sometimes sit and just start typing. But when then there are times where I’m like… Ok, what are we doing next? Heather and I will have a general idea at times and sort of plot it out, but it is usually just a few steps ahead.

What is something you really want people to know about what you’ve written?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

Oddly, Shattered Perfection was never meant to turn into a series, it was going to be a one-and-done. But in the time after I finished it to publication, I started feeling like Mimi needed a happy ending. However, I write what I enjoy reading. She was a rich, complex, and very imperfect person in my mind. To keep her relatable in the way I wanted, she had to suffer and mature as we all do. That took three books before I felt she was truly ready to embrace what was waiting for her, and honestly to be worthy of it. Justin had some of his own growing up to do. For all his wonderful qualities, one must admit, he had penchant for making some very bone-headed decisions.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

I’m not sure. When I started Cage Master with Gabrial, it was one of those where we were like “Jeff needs his story too.” Then with Fireball & Fiascos, Heather and I both were like “We can’t just end it here. It’s too funny!” and all these story ideas poured out!

Any parting thoughts?

Heather Guimond

Heather Guimond

The "Flirty" One

My writing, thus far, has been inspired by personal experiences (for those of you who have read the series, yes, even Fighting Perfection), so my writing takes on very realistic issues that people struggle with at some point in their lives, or in the lives of people they know. Some books are a great escape, God knows I have lost myself in fantasy worlds more times than I can count, but all too often those books are enjoyed and forgotten. As an artist, I want to write books that truly resonate with the reader. One may love or hate what I write, but if I’m doing it right, he or she will remember it. That’s my goal—that means I’ve touched someone inside. That’s how I judge my success as an author.


Daryn Rayne

Daryn Rayne

The "Dirty" One

If I can make a difference, in one person’s life, then every word, every minute spent writing makes it worth it. Writing was a dream for me that I didn’t think I would ever pursue and to be honest, had it not been for Heather telling me “just do it!!” and encouraging me, I probably never would have published anything. So, if I can leave anything with anyone, it’s this: If you have a dream, don’t give up on it. If it is something you think about constantly, do it! Don’t give up just because you’ve failed, don’t give up just because it’s hard. The hardest things are worth it!

Oh, and read our shit, we are funny.