Big Shout Out to my Writing Buddies

Guidance

There is a romantic perception that seems to persist among the general populace that writing is a solitary pursuit--that the writer disappears into a lonely garret, hunches over a keyboard, and starts pounding the keys. Months later, a finished manuscript slides out from under the door. 

One thing that has really struck me, though, since deciding to take up writing as a serious undertaking, is that the best writers never write in a vacuum. They study the work of masters in their genre, as well as in other genres, and strive to emulate aspects of their work. They read books and attend workshops about the craft of writing itself. They surround themselves with other writers and with discerning readers who can give them helpful tips and advice, act as brainstorming partners, and provide honest critique of their work with an eye toward helping them improve. 

I want to give a special shout out to the talented women in my writing group. They've been my guides in this new world I'm exploring.

Over the past few years I've become acquainted with a number of amazing people who have helped me along on my journey, from my agent, Jo Schaffer, to my friends on the organizing committee for the Life, the Universe, and Everything writing symposium, to a cadre of friends who are willing to wade through my drafts and point out where I need to put in a little more work. Not to mention my amazing, supportive family. 

Today, though, I want to give a special shout out to the talented women in my writing group. They've been my guides in this new world I'm exploring. They've  taken me under their wings and given me the support and encouragement I needed. They've taught me so much about both the craft and business of writing. It's been great to learn from women with such different styles and backgrounds. Seriously, ladies, thank you. 

Here's what they've been working on lately: 

 
Jennifer Jenkins
 

Jennifer Jenkins released Fearless the final book in her Nameless Trilogy last month. This is a fun Young Adult series in which members of enemy clans are forced to question their prejudices, make difficult choices, and confront life changes they never could have expected. Full of adventure and romance, and definitely worth the read.

Jennifer has some new projects in the works that promise to be just as exciting. 

 

Nameless
By Jennifer Jenkins
Clanless (Nameless)
By Jennifer Jenkins
Fearless (Nameless)
By Jennifer Jenkins
 
 
Lois Brown
 

Last week, my amazing friend Lois D. Brown released her latest paranormal mystery, Riddles That Kill. This book kept me guessing right up to the end (which doesn't happen often for me). 

One thing I love about Lois's Legends of Treasure series is how Lois draws inspiration from real life puzzles and mysteries, in this case the hunt for the Forrest Fenn treasure. 

I can't wait to see what's next!

 
Nichole Van
 

I have just had the privilege of a read-through of Nichole Van's soon-to-be released book 3 of her Brothers Maledetti series. This is my favorite book of Nichole's so far. I laughed. I cried. (I wrote notes--'cause she lets me do that..)

I seriously can't wait for you guys to read this one. While you're waiting, check out the first two books in the series.