Spotlight on Greer Hendricks and Sarah PekkanenPekkanen, pregnant at the time of their meeting, had drafted chunks of The Opposite of Me while hunched over her laptop at Chuck E. Instead, Hendricks greeted Pekkanen with the warmth and exuberance of an old friend — though she was indeed wearing all black. When Hendricks resigned in to pursue a new creative direction, Pekkanen was one of the only friends to whom Hendricks confided her secret: She herself wanted to write a book. They both studied journalism and psychology. They both played field hockey in high school, consider themselves terrible cooks, and have close relationships with their brothers — both of whom happen to be named Robert. Even today, the writers relish these strange details. But when they first started working together, their commonalities were surprises.
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Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen's prolific editor-author relationship began in with Pekkanen's debut novel, The Opposite of Me. The two women formed an instant connection, which grew into a close friendship while Hendricks edited six more of Pekkanen's novels, the latest being The Perfect Neighbors When Hendricks left the publishing company in , she told only a few people, including Pekkanen, that she wanted to write a novel. Pekkanen, who had written everything from investigative newspaper series and magazine features to short stories, was eager to challenge herself. She believed collaborating with Hendricks on a novel could help her grow creatively. Hendricks was briefly hesitant.
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Their connection was instant, and eight years later, the duo released their debut novel together, The Wife Between Us. We chatted with Greer and Sarah recently to get some insights into how they began writing, how they began writing together, their favorite childhood books, and more! Girly Book Club: How did you get into writing and what inspired your first book?
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