We’ve invited some former Jaunty Quills to come back and say hello before we turn off the lights here at the blog. Please welcome back Terri Brisbin!
Every once in a while, you are lucky enough to meet up with a group of people who ‘get’ you. If you’re really lucky, they let you hang out with them and have fun with them and learn from them. I was THAT lucky when I was invited to join an online group of authors who called themselves ‘The Jaunty Quills.’ It was an eclectic group of authors by then, even though it began as group of historical romance writers.
And, gosh, it was fun, too!
We had a mascot, we had a website, and we got together in person each year to discuss our plans to engage with readers throughout the year. Because that – engaging with our readers – was the whole reason the Jaunty Quills existed.
But, on a personal level, there was more to the Jaunty Quills. You see, writing is such a solo adventure and one that leaves writers with their thoughts and words most of the time. The Jaunty Quills were also a lifeline. When challenges arose – whether writing or life – that group of authors was a safe place to vent, to ask for help or advice and to commiserate with others who completely understood the situation. OH, and we talked writing and story and careers, too.
Emily McKay, Shana Galen, Margo Maguire, Cindy Kirk, Catherine Kean, Robyn DeHart, Kristan Higgins, Katherine Garbera, Jannette Kenny, Nancy Robards Thompson and Ashley March/Elise Rome were the JQs who I joined with on the loop. All of them talented writers and successful published authors who loved to tell stories and talk about them with their readers. Thanks to each of you for all you shared with me during our time together!
As a JQ, I got the chance to invite my own writer friends to guest blog with us and that was a special treat for me. Some friends who came to visit included Tina Gabrielle, Beth Ciotta, Ann Lawrence and Lynn Viehl. They blogged, answered questions from readers and visitors and told us about their books and their writing.
So, now, almost four years after the group reformed with some new faces, it’s time to say goodbye to the Sisterhood of the Jaunty Quills! I want to thanks those authors who started the group, those who kept it going through several different formations and all those who took part. And especially, I want to thank the readers – who are really the point of all our activities!
To celebrate all the fun and the comradery over the years, I’d like to offer to one person who comments their choice of two of my works (pending availability of print copies if desired) along with a souvenir I just brought home from Scotland! We’ll choose one lucky commentor to receive the giveaway.
Terri Brisbin is the USA TODAY bestselling author of the A HIGHLAND FEUDING series for Harlequin Historical and the NOVELS OF THE STONE CIRCLE series for NAL/Berkley. Connect with Terri through her website ( www.terribrisbin.com ) or on Twitter (www.twitter.com/Terri_Brisbin ) or on FB at (www.facebook.com/terribrisbin )