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Hi Cathy
My sister and I are trying to write a book together. My question is how can we
have two narrators in our book, and how do we do it in first person?

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Hi, Richard!  Well, it's no particular problem to tell the story from two points of view (POVs.) The tricky part is doing with both in first person and making them sound enough "alike" carry the story. There are plenty of people out there who co-author books. One pair you might want to look into to see how they manage it are Bob Mayer and Jenny Crusie. They started a series where Bob (a hard-hitting suspense/thriller author) writes the male POV, while Jenny (a bestselling romance author) writes the female POV. Their books "Don't Look Down" and "Agnes and the Hitman" have topped the charts. Even though they're not necessarily first person, you'd be wise to take a look at them to see how they manage the different voices.

Here's a link to their website to read more about their books:

http://www.crusiemayer.com/

Another thing you might try is a combination of first person/third person, with one writing each. One author who does this well is J.A. Konrath. His "Jack Daniels" mystery series does a great job with a first person detective heroine, where the killer is portrayed in third person throughout the book. Neat idea and very well done! On his website, there's a link to download the entire first book as a PDF for FREE. Definitely worth the effort.

http://www.jakonrath.com/

Hope that helps a little and let me know if you have any more questions after you do some reading. :)

Cathy

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I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

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