For those who don’t know (or don’t remember), I started my writing career with partner, my husband. But him having a full time job and little to no interest in writing Urban Fantasy meant I was, eventually, writing on my own.
Several years later (ie now), I have a new partner, my artist, Miss Ashley Jane. Working on the comic together means a new set of eyes on my words, and different ideas about the visuals we are putting out.
For example, today we had a five minute discussion about Mina’s smile in one specific panel we’re working on. I wasn’t sure that it was appropriate for the scene, but Miss Ashley maintained that Mina’s trying to act ‘normal’ and so would be smiling.
Ultimately, I followed Ashley’s lead. For one thing, I think she was right, but also, when you work with a professional, listen to their opinion. After all, you picked them for their expertise.
Do I always give in? Oh no. I’ve insisted on one or two design elements that I felt had to be there, or couldn’t be altered. But that’s the nature of collaboration. You give and take to, hopefully end up with a better product.