GINA BUONAGURO and JANICE KIRK live in Toronto and Kingston, respectively. After meeting in a French class in Kingston, they became writing partners and co-authors. They are the authors of three novels, The Sidewalk Artist, Ciao Bella, and The Wolves of St. Peter’s, which was longlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Best Novel Award. Together they also write romances under the pen name Meadow Taylor, their most recent being the romantic suspense, Midnight in Venice.
How We Got Published
We met in 2001 in a French class in Kingston, Ontario soon after Gina moved there. We had to introduce each other and discovered we were both interested in writing. After meeting regularly for a year to exchange and discuss our individual projects, we decided to write a novel together, which ultimately became The Sidewalk Artist.
Eventually Gina moved to Toronto, though we chose to remain writing partners. After receiving many rejections from agents and publishers for The Sidewalk Artist, a very serendipitous event occurred. Gina’s new house had a very large parking lot, and one of her neighbours asked to rent a parking spot there while he renovated his kitchen. When she realized the renovator was the writer David Macfarlane, an idea was born: instead of asking for rent, she and Janice asked David to read their manuscript. He liked it enough to suggest they pass it on to a new agent named John in his agency.
Then another serendipitous event happened. John took the manuscript home and put it on the top of a very large pile. His wife Gail happened to read the first page… and couldn’t stop. She told John he had to read it and kept passing him the pages as she finished them. He called the next day to offer us representation and has been our agent ever since.
The moral of the story? Write a good book to start with, network wherever and whenever you can, and remember that luck comes to the prepared.
Midnight in Venice is written under the pen name Meadow Taylor.