Hi, I’m Mildred Colvin, and I’ve been chatting with some authors who worked with me on a series set in Arkansas. We met a little over a year ago at Mammoth Spring, Arkansas and toured the state park there. One of our goals was to come away with three book ideas. As a result of that visit, the four of us wrote three books that have recently been published in both e-book and paperback. Regina, Jamie, and Jonathan, I’m going to let you introduce yourselves.
Hello, I’m Regina Tittel, author of the first book of the series, Rivalry & Romance. It was fun to finally meet everyone in person and put real people
behind the cyber versions! I enjoyed learning more about the time period and what it must have been like to grow up without all the ease we have now. One of the things that stood out to me was the transportation. My hero had a Studebaker road cart that was the height of class. Imagine riding around in that today instead of your air conditioned vehicle. My back hurts just thinking about it! LOL! What were some of the things of that time that stood out to each of you?
Hi, I’m Jamie Adams and I wrote book two of the Mammoth Spring, AR trilogy. Mammoth Spring is a beautiful town in the Ozarks that isn’t far from where my parents lived. I have many fond memories of time spend there with family and friends. Wishes and Whims was so much fun to write and I enjoyed working with Regina, Mildred, and Jonathan.
Regina, it wasn’t so much a thing from the time period that stood out to me but the people. I did a lot of research through newspaper articles and discovered the people of Mammoth Spring were very close knit. Without television, radio, or the internet to rely on for information they tended to converge when something unusual took place. I used a scene in my story to show this community unity. Without sharing too much, when a situation in a cave takes place the whole town shows up.
Hi, I’m Jonathan Colvin. I’m the co-writer of Friends & Foes. I’ve been writing with my mom for about two years now. I also enjoyed the trip to Mammoth Spring last year and the recent return this year for a book signing. We enjoyed visiting with the locals and I can recommend the fish dinner
Mildred: Oh, yes, Jonathan, I agree. Our trip to Mammoth Spring this past weekend was fun and I hope we met some new readers. The people were all friendly and welcoming.
Regina, it’s amazing how many luxuries we take for granted. I chose to write about the railroad because I’ve always been fascinated with that mode of transportation. I’ve never ridden on a train but have always wished I could. I’m guessing that riding a modern passenger train now is a very different experience from what it was in 1899 when Ellie and Jimmy in Friends & Foes began their adventures.
We wrote these books from ideas to published stories in about one year, but it didn’t take us that long really. We all had other projects to complete before we started our Mammoth Spring ideas. I’ve been wondering how the rest of you felt about writing a series with other authors? Was it too hard working with our differing personalities and ideas of how things should be done? Or did you find that the process fell into place as if these books were meant to be?
Regina: I thought it fell into place easily. Using one another’s characters in different scenes even came with ease. What really helped us all probably was the land mark maps Jamie secured for us. Being able to visually see where businesses were in location to one another and the spring really helped.
Jonathan: I agree. I found it easy to work with Regina, and with Jamie. Both of you are easy to get along with and are very helpful when critiquing our work. I enjoyed meeting you on both of our trips to Mammoth and getting to know you and their families on a personal level rather than only business.
Mildred: The writing of our “in Mammoth Spring, AR” series was obviously meant to be. I enjoyed helping Jonathan create the personalities and story for Ellie and Jimmy. Regina’s and Jamie’s stories also seemed to come along well, and we were able to blend our “sisters” into a believable family set in the time period just before the turn of the Twentieth Century.
Jamie: I enjoyed working with the different personalities. Each author in one way or another could identify with the birth order of their character. As a
middle child I felt comfortable writing the second sister in the book. I think the other authors did an excellent job of creating personality traits that we associate with the eldest and youngest in a family. The series seemed to come together naturally.
Mildred: It’s wonderful that we’ve found we can work together, because we’ve decided to do this same thing again. A character who became important in Friends & Foes, Robert Hoyt, inspired us to write a new series set in Warsaw, MO. We’ll be adding another author, and maybe two, to this series, making it even better than ever. Linda Cushman will be writing the first book, ONE RUSTY SPUR, set during and after the Civil War. Then TWO LONELY HEARTS will be Robert’s story written by Mildred and Jonathan Colvin. Jamie Adams will be writing THREE IN A QUANDRY. The remaining titles will be revealed later. So Jamie, Regina, Jonathan, do you have any parting
Jonathan: I’m very excited to start on this next project because I’m eager to see what troubles and adventures Robert will get into in Warsaw, MO.
Mildred: I agree, Jonathan. I’m looking forward to reading these stories and see how they all tie one family together. It’s bound to be a fun series.
Jamie: The best part of working with other authors is the inspiration and insight drawn from their friendship and experience. Having read and enjoyed Linda Cushman’s work I know she will be a wonderful addition to the team. Next stop: Warsaw!
Regina: I want to encourage readers to keep updated by following us online. You can find Regina Tittel at:
You can find Jamie Adams at:
Mildred: Thanks Jamie, Regina, and Jonathan for joining me on Infinite Characters!
Jonathan and Mildred Colvin can be found at:
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