Chambers (that's his real name by the way) writes so quickly that my pace looks positively slothful ... the pace of the story is definitely more Chambers doing and I'm actually happy to relinquish that part of the job and concentrate on the underlying lyricism/poetry. Chambers and I do not write about sex in the same way; if you've read any of Zac Tremble Investigates, then you'll know that Chambers' style is more light-hearted, but no less tender in many respects, especially when he describes the relationship between Zac and Paul. The relationship between Peter and Derek in Dust Jacket is Chambers' creation; I'm left with all the angst and guilt!
The other thing about writing with someone else is the fact that you can never predict the outcome or just how things are going to work; I thought we would write Dust Jacket almost entirely as a dialogue between the two main characters; this hasn't been the case; it's got more action in it than I originally anticipated; and that is no bad thing.
We're currently at seven chapters and 20,000 words; ostensibly the first part of the story; we're expecting to make a lot of progress over the forthcoming weekend, depending on other projects; Chambers has to delivery a new Zac case file in May and I would like to delivery the fifth instalment of The Map Stick.
Of course; there is also the prospect of a second collaboration; a detective story/even a series, set in either the South of France or a rural backwater; I actually favoured Paris but Chambers lives in Saint Tropez and the summer is coming up ...