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When Two Authors Are Better Than One

By Ashly Moore Sheldon • February 24, 2022

Author collaborations are nothing new, but the upcoming thriller by renowned author James Patterson and beloved songstress Dolly Parton is getting lots of buzz. Run, Rose, Run, out on March 7, tells the story of a young singer-songwriter making her way in Nashville. She may be a star on the rise, but she's also a woman on the run from her shadowy past. With Parton's experience as a country music star and Patterson's suspense prowess, this seems like a recipe for success! And it got us thinking about some other great author collabs.

All In the Family

Good storytelling is often a family trait, so it's not too surprising that multiple authors often spring up from a single clan. Sometimes, they even join forces to write together. In Sleeping Beauties, father-son team Stephen King and Owen King tell the story of what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men. Another notable example of the apple not falling far from the tree is Samantha Van Leer who, as a teen, co-wrote two YA novels—Between the Lines and Off the Page—with her bestselling author mother, Jodi Picoult.

Other family collaborations include books co-written by siblings like Some Sing, Some Cry by sisters Ntozake Shange and Ifa Bayeza. The story traces the saga of a newly emancipated African-American matriarch and her family, from Reconstruction through to modern day. Another sister scribe duo is Liv Constantine (the pen name for Lynne and Valerie Constantine) The Last Mrs. Parrish, a psychological thriller, which has been described as "The Talented Mr. Ripley with XX chromosomes." And brother and sister team, Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri, joined forces to pen their YA fantasy series, Another.

A Labor of Love

There are quite a few examples of married couples who share the added bond of being writing partners. Here are some of the standouts:

Genre Power Couples

This is where two bestselling authors from a specific genre put their heads together for the literary equivalent of a supergroup. Get ready for greatness!

It just goes to show you: writing doesn't have to be a solitary activity. By combining their literary talents, these author duos build on each other's strengths and experience to create something entirely new. The more the merrier!

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