A synonym ambles into a pub…

Our second book is back from the copy editor, who has done the fantabulous job of catching all our typos, bad punctuation, and odd phrases. We recommend copy editors for every writer because author-blindness is a real thing (when you’ve been staring at a line for so long that the word “the” looks incorrect or you’ve reworked a line so many times that it now reads like a Gordian knot).

Every writer has a funny verbal tick or repetitive ear worm. We’re not immune to this problem. We also discussed the usage and implied meaning of words and then realized that what each one understood was not exactly in line with the other’s understanding. So, we needed clarification.

Continue reading “A synonym ambles into a pub…”

What’s in a name?


A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.- Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

Yeah, apparently there are few roses going by the same name as ours, boo.

We thought we were so clever. We selected K. and J. for our first names (careful not to switch the two because of the association with J.K. Rowling, although we’d be fine with any $$$ mistakenly sent our way). Garnet sounded dignified enough plus it was short and nice photos of jewelry popped up online.  It was a lot better than some of the other names we could have selected:


We checked to see if there were other K.J. Garnets out there, we really did. Of course, they popped up after we committed to the name  — a Japanese Instagram-er, and a Belgian writer who seldom uses the Internets but still managed to scoop the name (and it’s probably her/his own so we can’t really growl… much.)

Well, maybe a little. So the moral of the story is that we’re control freaks adopting a new mantra: *sings* “Let it go, let it go…”  We’ve got some stories to write.

Oracle Characters: Philippe Toussaint

(Our name, K. J. Garnet, is the pseudonym of writing partners, Kelly and Jenni.)

Philippe is the French-Canadian head of security for the psychic bureau known as the Agency. People fooled by his lax demeanor learn the hard way; he’s damn good at what he does and isn’t afraid of overstepping bureaucratic controls. If you want to shock your granny with filthy French-Canadian swearwords or study how to deal with gunfire and/or assassination attempts, Philippe’s your man. If you’re a woman, bring your armor or your flirting A-game for all that formidable, careless charm. Just don’t expect you’ll be the one to catch him.

We had our inspiration for Philippe early on, Swedish actor and author, Jonas Karlsson, (along with 10/90 probability he’d be flattered vs. us enrolling in the Federal Witness Protection Program):

Philippe Toussaint

So, let’s ask Philippe some questions. After all, what could possibly go wrong?

Continue reading “Oracle Characters: Philippe Toussaint”

The glamorous writing life

Forget the first-class air travel, the endless meeting with fans and readers, and the best-seller lists. That only happens with 3 writers and in the movies. As we prepare for the launch of our second book, Oracle in Trouble, we thought you might like to see what really happens.

  • Software Challenges: Every once in awhile, our writing program (Scrivener) doesn’t always cross-pollinate well between our Mac and PC. This can sometimes lead to a few interesting turf wars. We do eventually figure out the technical challenges and amend them, but we’re still at the mercy of computer programs. It’s better than playing tennis with a Word document. Honest.

Mac vs. PC

  • Battle of the words: For the most part, writing together is pretty easy. However, we don’t always see eye-to-eye, especially when arguing discussing  no arguing was right  animatedly discussing word choices, sentence structure, and plot outlines. As other writers will agree, there’s no drama involved. None.


  •  Creativity x 2: Somehow we manage to write enough, spurred on by each other to get the work done, with only a few breaks in between. Having a cheerleader lobbing a handful of good ideas over the fence keeps us on our toes.

Writer's block

Any day with words is a good day. Some days are better than others. The best days are when we’re both on the same track and the words are flowing. Finding a support system can be the difference between Dreaming It and Doing It.