Which sentence from your new release do you particularly enjoy?
Julia: My main character, Syd, wears black and has a very rock 'n roll style. Her mom, however, is very girly, dyes her her blonde, and wears a lot of pink. Syd says of their differing styles: "She's cotton candy; I'm licorice."
Robin: This sentence describes the closed and boarded-up movie theatre in downtown Vermillion, Georgia, where the novel takes place: "The marquee’s still there, but it’s always empty, which looks really sad, like a mind with no thoughts."
Describe your writing story in 5 words or less:
Julia: "Real friends create fictional friends."
Robin: "Real friends create fictional friends."
Pick something each of you learned about the other while writing together.
Julia: I learned that Robin, like me, likes to start off the day's writing while still in his pajamas.
Robin: I learned that Julia is a much better storyteller than I am.
How did you decide on the book's title?
Julia: It grew out of a line in the book where a bully looks at the main characters and says, "Rufus plus Syd. Freaks in love." Instead of taking it as the insult it was intended as, they embrace it.
Robin: As Julia said, it came from a line in the book that shows the characters embracing something that was intended as an insult.
Coffee or tea?
Julia: Tea. If I don't have a cup of Earl Grey first thing in the morning, I'm incapable of impersonating a functional human being. Being Southern, I also like iced tea in the p.m. hours.
Robin: Coffee, first thing: I can't function without it.
Facebook or Twitter?
Julia: I have both Facebook and Twitter accounts, but I prefer Facebook. Maybe because I'm a novelist, I find the tiny word limit on Tweets very intimidating.
Robin: Facebook. I agonize enough over the wording of things, which Twitter would just seem to exacerbate.
Cats or dogs?
Julia: Both! I have four cats and one very spoiled, entitled pug.
Robin: Cats when I was a child I thought cats were female and dogs were male, and because I was getting bullied by boys a lot at that time, it followed that I would prefer cats. I still do.
Print book or e-books?
Julia: As a reader, I'm still an old-fashioned girl on this issue. I love the feel of a book in my hands. Plus, I'm too nervous to read off a tablet in the bathtub!
Robin: I prefer to read print books, but I also enjoy the sales of my own e-books.