First off, Happy Valentine's Week! I hope you do eat lots of chocolate.
This week makes me think of those who show love in my writing world. Those authors who pay it forward. I believe almost ALL writers help other newbies like me. Someone showed me kindness by giving advice or making me laughing or helping me see a better way.
I want to honor a few of them this week.
My first book had a LDS theme. When I finished my story I suddenly realized I had no idea what to do next. I researched the local market and came across someone by the name of Heather Moore. I read her blog, My Writer's Lair, read one of her books and entered one of her contests. I signed up to read and review one of her newer books. She thanked me personally when I posted the review. That's how she is.
We met at a writers conference. She was kind and funny and made me feel welcome. I saw her at a few more conferences (I really hoped she didn't think I was a stalker!), took a couple of her classes and sat down with her to talk. She freely gave advice, answered all my writing questions and basically bouyed me up when I needed it. She's awesome!
I'll be forever grateful to her and her faith in me.
(Show Heather some love by checking out her blog and telling her hi!)
What about you? Do you have someone you are grateful to? Someone who has paid it forward?