So many times in this day and age, we hear tales of how unsupportive people can be, how willing someone is to drag someone else down in the mud in order to put themselves above them.
Yet I am always amazed by how supportive authors are toward other writers. At least the ones that I’ve met – in person and online. It doesn’t matter what genre you write – historical or romantic suspense, category or single title, erotic or inspirational.
For years BlueSue has patiently answered every single one of my questions about horses – riding, caring for, illnesses, so my historical fantasies (boy, now there’s a double entendre) rang true. Rae Monet, my wonderful web mistress, has patiently answered questions I have about her FBI years. And when I asked her a question about Navy procedures, she forwarded my question to Diana Cosby, of ROMVET (a group of Romance Authors who are also Veterans) who very quickly replied and offered her help. Others have offered help in various ways – from answering questions or support to offering to read my manuscript over for technical accuracy. Red Garnier and Tempest Knight who have helped me with Spanish translations (and Red who crits for me on occasion during her incredibly busy schedule.) Candy Havens, Angela Knight, Janet Miller aka Crickett Starr, Laurie Schnebly Campbell, Mary Buckham – take her upcoming Sex Between the Pages course on Sexual Tension – it’s a winner, Margie Lawson who remembers me almost a year after I met her in person, Allison Brennan and oh, there are so many more. And I mustn’t forget the gentlemen – Joe P. and Wally L. and Patrick over at Crime Scene Writers They’ve all taken the time to send me an email about something or other – either responding to a question I had, or a question I answered.
And it’s not just on line but face-to-face for the ladies (and gentlemen) at the TRW are equally as enthusiastic and helpful. Whether it’s a writing question, or just a swift (and much needed) kick in the pants (Amy/Christine/Wylie and Michelle, not to forget my online buddies who keep me in lineSue, Dani and Marley), other writers are incredibly important in keeping my writing not only moving forward but accurate too.
So when you have a question that isn’t easily “googled” where do you turn? Anyone special who’s solved that unanswerable question for you? Or given you that much needed kick in the pants that you want to shout a big thanks?