I originally wrote the following in the Foreword of my latest book, Following Temptation, but since not everyone reads forewords (or, heaven forbid, you haven’t picked up the book yet), I’m reproducing it here, because I think it’s a pretty cool idea.
…I want to talk about shared universes. For those of you who are comic book fans (or pretenders, like me, who watch the movies and shows and read Wikipedia articles about the actual comics), you know that Marvel has done a great job with this. For those of you who don’t, the gist is that movies (and shows) share characters between them. The Iron Man movie preceded the Captain America movie and the Thor movie, but they all teamed up in the Avengers.
I’ve done a lot of writing with Kirsten McCurran over the years. I admire the characters she creates and the books she writes. She’s a sounding board like no other, and at some point, we decided to start borrowing each other’s characters and burying them like easter eggs in our stories. AJ, from Nothing Forbidden and the Training to Love It books, for example, was also mentioned in Kirsten’s Hot Dates series. It was a fun dip into a shared universe, so we decided to take it further and create a town together. And thus, Kingston was borne. (more…)