Hi Misty, we’re back. We had a great time being interviewed by you for VAMPIRE VIC, now we’re hoping to keep the good times rolling with JAVA MAN. As you know, Harris Gray is the combo package of Allan Harris and Jason Gray. You wondered about the worst & best parts of writing as a duo. Ready or not, here it comes.
Jason: I don’t know what Allan had in mind, but I’m going with a top five list. And number one on the Worst Reasons To Be A Duo list is “sharing the profits”. It sounded really good when we originally hooked up, having someone else take care of half the writing (which is number two on the Best Reasons list). But receiving half the profits is less fun than doing half the writing. I guess I didn’t think that one all the way through.
Allan: I agree, sharing makes me feel like half a man. When we shook hands on this deal, I imagined us cranking out double the output. But it turns out we each only write half as much as a single author. And splitting the loot fifty-fifty does seem awfully arbitrary. Maybe we can base our profit share on something more objective, like height.
Jason: Or number of fish caught, birth to date.
Allan: Or number of cardigans owned, as of right now.
Jason: Or number of hairs atop our heads. Whatever, we’ll think of something. Let’s continue the count-around. Number four is being able to blame the other guy for the smutty stuff, like the playhouse armpit sex scene in JAVA MAN. That would be number four on both the plus and minus sides, depending which one of us is being wrongly accused.
Allan: I don’t blame you one bit for writing that scene, Jason. Frankly it’s necessary as a plot device. I’m behind you one hundred percent.
Jason: Thanks to video evidence unequivocally identifying the source of that scene, we don’t have to have that argument any more.
Allan: Thanks to patient-therapist confidentiality, that video cannot be used in the court of public opinion.
Jason: I guess the identity of the author will forever remain a mystery.
Allan: Perfect. Number three on the good list: free India Pale Ales at your partner’s bar.
Jason: That might be specific to our partnership, but I can see how you might enjoy that.
Allan: If this was an educational blog for IPA lovers on choosing the right partner, I would recommend choosing one with a bar. That holds true for any partnership, not just authors.
Jason: The Bar Owners Who Write educational blog recommends teaming up with a teetotaler.
Allan: It’s a write-off, Jason. And you simply can’t put a price tag on my creative inspiration.
Jason: $872 after tax, as of this morning. But you’re right, between the end of Beer One and halfway through Beer Two, you are money.
Allan: That’s a good 90 minutes of high-caliber writing.
Jason: Good thing you’re a sipper. How about number three on the bad list – what would you choose?
Allan: Easy. Each of us having a job that takes us away from writing together.
Jason: Hey now, no mushy stuff, let’s keep this professional. Dammit, too late, that got to me.
Allan: You wanna hear number 2 on the terrible list?
Jason: No, that’s about enough.
Allan: Feeling like Ernest Hemingway after writing a great scene, and then receiving the draft back from your partner, all edited up and revised. And then after cooling down, realizing the scene is better now.
Jason: You wanna hear number five on the sweet side? The fact that I probably would have given up the dream long ago if not for our partnership. There was no way I was going to let you down.
Allan: I uh, I didn’t know that. Hold on a second, I got a stupid bug in my eye. And another one in my throat, damn the luck.
Jason: While you get a handle on all the kamikaze bugs in here, I’ll finish off the sour side. Making me act out our characters’ emotions when you’re having trouble with the “imagery”. I don’t enjoy that. At least not at work.
Allan: Can you make one of your employees do it?
Jason: Sure, I guess the customers can wait. You know, other than your deficient imagery, I love the way you come up with character motivations and plot developments that I never would. Our minds work so differently, but we both love to write about the same themes, and enjoy trying to bring humor to difficult situations. That’s the best reason for writing as a duo.
Allan: Well I guess we disagree again, because I say it’s our team. I’ve never enjoyed feedback from a happy reader as much as when I get to celebrate it with you. So you better go ahead and flip a coin to choose our submission for number one.
Jason: Unlike with Highlander, there can be two.
Allan: We each get our own number one. Ah the pleasure of not sharing, am I right?
Jason: You know I’ll gladly share the compliments, the frustration, and even the profits with you.
Allan: I never doubted it for a second.
Jason: And I think what’s left of your hair is very nice.
Allan: Thank you.
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Harris Gray on JAVA MAN: The Therapy Vlog
The Story of Harris Gray
In the nook seat of Jason Gray’s coffee shop, Allan Harris wrote. And eavesdropped, as Jason told stories. One day Allan found waiting for him a little yellow notepad, crammed to the margins with Jason’s tales. Allan typed them, touched them up, and called it good. Jason had other ideas.
A collaboration began. The writer and the storyteller. As their tales converged and became inseparable, as they were fused by the stories they told…all the king’s horses & men can’t un-make Harris Gray again.
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