Wow. It’s the end of an era. The end of the Jaunty Quills!
I was one of the founding members back in 2005 – November, I think it was. There were seven of us, all new writers for Avon Books, though several of us had been published by other houses before. Each one of us took a day of the week, and blogged on that same day every week. It was a lot of writing to do, given our other deadlines and commitments, but we loved it – we enjoyed connecting with other lovers of romance fiction, loved dishing about the things that mattered to us: our families, our books, our favorite movies and TV. Some of us were watching Lost. Others were into Grey’s Anatomy or 30 Rock. The movie Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire had just come out, and so had Little Miss Sunshine and Brokeback Mountain. Those take you back, don’t they?
There were so many things to love about being one of the Quills. We developed new friendships among ourselves, and even now, we still consult with each other when we have trouble with plots or characters. We occasionally got to meet in person – sometimes at the RWA convention, or at RT or another conference, and it was always a good time – just like old friends getting together after a long absence.
We were a dynamic group, reinventing ourselves as some members moved on to other things, and new authors joined us. Our main goal was to be fresh, informative, and entertaining to our readers. Our blog became a mellow place for us to discuss books and life events. We shared a lot of details about writing, and gave you excerpts – not only of our newest books, but also deleted scenes that nobody else got to see. And that’s because our jauntyquills.com readers were always special to us. You were like our second family.
I’m not the fist to say that change is a fact of life. No matter how we start out, our lives take lots twists and turns – some good, some not so great. And hopefully, we can learn from those changes and move forward. Which brings me to my farewell. Nothing lasts forever (except Grey’s Anatomy, I guess). I was a critical care nurse before I became a professional writer. And now I’m a grandmother, taking care of my two new grandsons while their parents work (two of my kids had baby boys the first week of June!) I’m quite happy to be out of contract so that I can make my own deadlines. I can spend lots of time with the babies and write when I have time. So I still release books and novellas, but I’m not writing two books a year any more.
What changes have you had to deal with in your life? I’m going to pick two responders Sunday and send them any book they choose from my backlist. (You can find them at www.margomaguire.com) Adios, my friends!