Aren't good friends the best? They must be because we have a whole day devoted just to them! Friends Day was on Thursday and obviously I'm a little behind, but I want to give a shout out to my friends. Especially my writing friends.
In my latest video, I told you about a few of the amazing teachers in my life. I've also got some pretty amazing writing buddies who have encouraged me and helped me figure out this whole being self-published thing. It's not easy and like any adventure, it's nice to have someone to encourage you when the going gets tough. So today, I'm going to tell you about a few of my awesome writing buddies. I can't fit all of them on here, because I'm starting to have a lot! But I can tell you about a few.
Shanna is the kind of friend every person needs. She's funny, supportive and knows just how to make you feel like anything is possible. And she's not just that way to her writing friends. She's that way with her fans and just about everyone. Her romances are fun and have that flair of realism that just makes you want to saddle a horse and ride into them. I've been able to get early glimpses at a couple of her books, which in and of itself is pretty amazing, and I've read a few others. Trust me, if Shanna is the author, it's a good book! And I'm telling you, on some level, Shanna and I have got to be sisters. I don't know that I've met another author who loves cooking and entertaining as much as I do. In fact, I'd say she enjoys those things even more than I do! Most tend to be hide in the back corner types (not that there is anything wrong with that). Shanna is a great friend to have, whether you're a writer, a reader, or just anybody.
H. L. Burke
Heidi is another great friend to have, and not just because we share the same middle name. She is a fellow fantasy author who also dabbles in steampunk and romance. Her books are fun and engaging. But more than that she is a very supportive friend. It was thanks to her drive that we were able to start the Kindle giveaway (which is still going by the way so be sure to enter today) and get a discussion group going for clean fantasy writers. This weekend's party is just the first of such events and I'm so excited to see where this leads. And it is truly thanks to Heidi. She's always one of the first ones there if you need help promoting or retweeting or any other techie things I'm still trying to figure out. She's also incurably in love with dragons, and you can't go wrong with a friend who loves dragons.
I don't think any clean writer's list would be complete without Lia. She has done a lot to promote clean authors including her website Clean Indie Reads (and yes, you can find my series there). She writes a variety of things, but what I know her best for our her fun, short, snarky fairy tales. Seriously, lots of fun and quick read! Lia is a great person. She is supportive, fun and eager to help out. Her CIR author group has grown to over 2000 authors and I think I can safely say we all love her! In any case, I love her. I so appreciate her taking all of us under her wing and giving us a place where we can stand out. Her humor and good nature comes out and makes even the rainiest day seem sunny.
I think we all need at least one newbie friend, and Lea is mine. Though I have been published longer, I am so inspired by Lea as she takes on the self-publishing challenge. She has recently published her first book and I feel like we are learning a lot of things together. I've had the privilege of being involved in two events with her and she has taken it all in stride. You would never know she was new to it! Her first book is a fairy tale reimagining which is going to turn into a series and I seriously cannot wait to see where this goes! I'm looking forward to reading the first one (sorry, Lea, my reading list is huge and I just haven't gotten there yet!) as well as discovering the world of marketing and Twitter and all that other stuff with her.
This list could seriously keep going forever and ever because I have some amazing writing friends. Perhaps in April I will give you a month of authors and introduce you to more of my writing friends. And of course I will continue to have author interviews an information about new releases available as those opportunities come. Check out
Jessica L. Elliott
Author, artist, mom and super-genius