Cracking the Cover did a nice interview series on American Girl Authors Sarah Masters Buckey and Denise Lewis Patrick recently. Actually they did three interviews:
- Q&A with Sarah Masters Buckey
- Q&A with Denise Lewis Patrick
- Authors Become Friends While Creating American Girl Characters
From the third link:
In the summer of 2008, a few weeks after Denise signed on, the authors met and discovered quickly that their “creating minds” were alike when it came to the series, Denise said. In just two short days, the authors covered the basics: two girls, two races, one city and one epidemic. They decided what the girls would look like and where in New Orleans they would live. They also tightly plotted the first four books.
Knowing that the Cecile and Marie-Grace characters have been in the works for more than 2 years prior to their release makes you wonder what they are working on now!!