In today’s episode of the Thriving Authors Podcast, I spoke with bestselling Canadian writing duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley who write under the pen name Maggie Knox. I just devoured and loved their latest novel All I Want for Christmas, so it was a real treat to talk with them for this very special holiday episode of the Thriving Authors podcast.

I know you'll come away with so much inspiration from what they share about writing, both individually and also collaboratively creating these novels.

We chatted about:

  • How they fell in love with writing and got started as authors.
  • What happened after they told their women's writing group about their idea to write a book together.
  • The process of shifting from writing books solo to developing a working relationship and drafting a book together.
  • How they’re able to develop such dynamic characters and were able to bring the setting to life, even though neither had ever been to that city before.

Karma and Marissa also share some great advice when it comes to knowing when it's time to walk away and start something fresh. Enjoy the episode!

About Maggie Knox:

Maggie Knox is the pen name for bestselling Canadian writing duo Karma Brown and Marissa Stapley. Brown is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author of five novels, including the #1 national bestseller Recipe for a Perfect Wife, as well as the non-fiction bestseller The 4% Fix: How one hour can change your life. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Self, Redbook, Today’s Parent, and Chatelaine. She lives just outside Toronto with her family and a labradoodle named Fred. Stapley is a former magazine editor and New York Times bestselling author of Reese’s Book Club Pick Lucky, as well as international bestsellers Mating for Life, Things to Do When It’s Raining, and The Last Resort. Many of her novels have been optioned for television and her journalism has appeared in The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Elle, Today’s Parent, and Reader’s Digest. She lives in Toronto with her family and a pre­cocious black cat named Oscar. The Holiday Swap was their first novel writing together as Maggie Knox and is a Canadian bestseller. Their latest novel is All I Want for Christmas.

Follow them on IG at @maggieknoxauthor and @karmakbrown @marissastapley