Kristen Henderson and Sarah Ellis might be in the Guiness Book of World Records. If they aren’t, they should be, because they have never met anyone else like them. Three years ago, the partners got pregnant at the same time — on the same day. They had their babies only weeks apart. Now they refer to their children — one girl, one boy — as “the twins” despite their coming from separate wombs on different days.
The dual pregnancies weren’t without struggle, though. Sarah had miscarried and struggled to become pregnant several times before she successfully carried to term. Kristen went through her own struggles as part of Antigone Rising, a band that went through several line-up changes and record labels in the midst of high-profile tours with The Rolling Stones and Aerosmith. These stories weave together in a tapestry called Times Two, Sarah and Kristen’s co-authored memoir out now from Simon & Schuster.
Times Two is told from both of the women’s perspectives, beginning with their stories of being single in New York City and finding themselves whether it’s in music (Kristen) or meeting other lesbians at Henrietta Hudson (Sarah).
”You can’t just jump into the middle of someone’s story,” Sarah said. “You have to understand who they are to understand how they got where they are.”
But writing two stories at one time can prove to be a challenge. “We struggled with that because we didn’t know how we were going to write this book,” Sarah said. “Both of our brains locked on ‘How do two people write a book together?’ We came across one of those he-said/she-said type of scenarios and we didn’t know how we were going to do it. It sort of just — we started to write it. It fell out. It just happened really organically. Being first time authors, we had no idea, because we had no experience trying to write before.”
”Sarah and I are fundamentally very similar,” Kristen said. “We can usually guess what the other one will think or feel about a particular topic.”
Sarah explained that, once the two of them were together and had shared experiences, they were easily divided up as to who would write about what.
”Things just naturally belonged to one or the other one,” she said. “It was just who had the bigger experience or the bigger moment with that scene or scenario.”