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June 1, 2014
Posted at 4:29 pm

What is Family Letters?

I've received a good deal of correspondence with regard to this story. Some of it has led me to the conclusion that the blurb that describes the story is not clear.
So with that in mind here is what Family Letters is: This story written by Allan and I is in essence each of us playing (writing) a character. The character's never have contact except in letters they exchange. In this case the Characters are Will and his sister Willow.
The Murphy kids have adventures in the Swarm Cycle Universe and write letters to one another to tell their sibling about what they experience. Things change between letters. The Characters grow, live and experience life and most probably death of those near them.
There may never be an end to this story. Allan and I haven't discussed whether or not there will be. When we first started publishing we posted the first few letters, those letters were consistently short. The main reason for that is that while we were writing as siblings we were also unsure of anything except our concept of our own character, and even that was a bit hazy.
Now after writing in excess of 100,000 words between the two of us we have a fair grip on what our characters are like and we are writing letters that average around 1,000 words. We are also averaging about two letters per week. This means that for the foreseeable future we have plenty of small chapters to post.
As always we both crave feedback on our work to let us know that you really have read it. After all if the last chapter is any indication we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 2,000 regular readers for this story. So again, Let us know what you think, even if it is only once a week. After all we don't expect feedback on every letter when we're posting four a week.