The Writing Couple

14 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-07 at 10.40.27 PMI clicked through to the full article from a A Passive Voice and found this tidbit embedded in the larger topic. The dream of “The Writing Couple” is one we look to as we both continue our day jobs–and this short commentary on living the dream spun my mind in lots of directions.

From Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

When Dean and I first met, we had several long talks about the problems of writer-couples. We knew some friends who broke up when one person in the couple became successful. (This isn’t limited to writers, by the way. Sometimes couples break up when one person in the relationship makes more money or gets a better job or gets more acclaim. I think it’s a sad side of human nature.)

Dean and I kept talking about this issue to make sure we were on the same page. That page was this: We’d stay together even if one of us was more successful than the other. More than that, we’d cheer each other on. As Dean said back then, one of us will always be more successful than the other one, but over a lifetime, it might not be the same person. And that’s proven to be true. Early on, Dean had more success—he’d sold a lot more fiction than I had. Then I became a critical darling (and the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction), winning lots of awards and getting great reviews.

That continued, but Dean out-earned me (by tens of thousands of dollars), and we both found that ironic. Because early on in our relationship, he cared more about acclaim, and I cared more about making a living. Yet, the universe made sure I had the acclaim and he made a better living. We’ve had all kinds of ups and downs in our careers. Then we had careers that branched out into their own smaller careers. Some of my pen names are more successful than others. (Now, that’s a weird feeling: one part of me is so much more successful than another part—and they’re both me!) Dean has had the same experience. And we have some interesting success as Kris&Dean (or Dean&Kris, depending on how you look at it). – See more at:

Related is this article of 10 Real Life Literary Power Couples, and other lists of Writer Couples in honor of the day. Happy Valentines!


Kristin King is an author, publisher and US expat living in the Netherlands. Her top sellers are “Unsinkable Vampire” and the first novel in the  Begotten Bloods Series is “Cain’s Coven.” Her husband, Ryan King, writes in several genres.


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