Last month, in the comments field to our Six Degrees of the Library Collection post, we were asked a question and issued a challenge. The poster wanted to know how we choose the authors that we link in our Six Degrees posts and if we would take on connecting two authors that were suggested to us. In answer to the question we usually start with an author that’s in the news or that we like and then do some research into other authors they have connections with. Our posts are inspired by the Six Degrees of Separation concept but we don’t start with two authors and try to connect them – we just start with one and see where we end up.
Like the character in Jeschke’s book, Nicci Gerrard and Sean French both studied at Oxford and although they were in the same department at the same time, they didn’t actually meet and marry until years later. You may not recognize their names separately, but together they write popular suspense thriller novels under the name Nicci French. Their most recent novel together is What to Do When Someone Dies.
Husband and wife writing duos are more common than I realized. One of note is Susannah Kells – Judy and Bernard Cornwell; he being the well known author of numerous historical fiction titles, including the blockbuster series of Sharpe stories. The stories in this series feature a character named Richard Sharpe, a soldier during the Napoleonic Wars and are praised for their brisk paced, character driven plots. Some of the books have been adapted for a television series called Sharpe in the UK.