How I Chose My Collaborators - Part 1
Even as I wrote "The Vampyre Blogs - Coming Home" and used Otto, I kept checking with her about how my interpretation of Otto, was I using him right and getting the personality down right? She gave me honest feedback and I made changes, but as I did so it occurred to me that I might need her even more in the sequel story. I also decided I wanted to use Otto in another book that continues the story of two secondary characters from "The Ship" (Johnny Cloudfoot and his girlfriend Michelle). By this time, I knew I wanted to work WITH Helen on both of those stories. Besides, being my sounding board for ideas, she'd also been acting as my science consultant. Her knowledge of scientific facts has been a huge asset to my writing.