I had the privilege of attending the Killer Nashville conference in 2010 and witnessing something extraordinary. Kelly Nichols, who, with sibling Kristy Montee, constitutes the award-winning writing entity known as P.J. Parrish, was on a panel. At one point, she pulled out a large corkboard festooned with post-its, sheets of paper, index cards and the like. It looked chaotic, but there was a definite order to it; it was the motherboard, if you will, of a P.J. Parrish novel, a map of the collaborative process in which Nichols and Montee engage each time they create their magic.
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