The Writer’s Support Group
Almost every writer knows this writing journey can be a roller coaster ride of excitement and rejection.
Exhilaration when we exceed our word count for a week, or when we get a request for a full manuscript from an agent or editor, or the first time we hold that precious book in our hands. Nothing can compare to these moments!
And then there are the discouraging times, when we're struggling through the muddy middle of a first draft, or when we receive one more rejection letter to add to the pile, and we second guess whether we should really be doing this writing thing at all.
In each of these moments, God has given us a unique gift—friends. Friends with arms to offer an encouraging hug (sometimes a cyber hug!) and the words we need for a strong pep talk. Writer friends are vitally important to every writer, no matter what stage of the journey we're in. They understand the ins and outs of the writing journey and provide the support, loving direction, or listening ear we need!
God has placed a very special group of women in my life who take on the role of "Friend" through all my writing roller coasters: my critique group! These ladies are much more than just critique partners to me. We share our joys, our trials, our frustrations—even good writing tips we find!
We each came to the group in different ways. For my personal path, I had met two of the women through the ACFW Scribes critique group, and they reached out to me when they were thinking of forming a smaller group. It was with nervous concern that I made the decision to leave the larger group (which I loved) and join the smaller group. But I felt God saying this was the right move, so how could I argue?
It was definitely the right decision! I thank God every day for giving me this special group of ladies.
So what about you? Do you have a small group of writer friends who support each other through the good times and the bad? I'd love to hear your experiences!
About the book...
The Wyoming mountain country seems like the perfect place for Zeche Reid to find himself. When a blizzard sends him scrambling for cover, Zeche stumbles upon a lady and her professor father holed up in a remote cabin. His protective instincts won't let him desert them to continue his travels, especially when the father's haunting memories from the War of Succession put his daughter's safety at risk.
Fighting her own nightmares after the war, Gretta Michelly is trying to settle into this rugged mountain land, but her bad memories are nothing compared to the demons that haunt her father. The haven they've found in these Rocky Mountains seems to be the solace he needs to find peace — until a mysterious sojourner appears on their cabin doorstep. She can't help but be drawn to the wild aura that surrounds the man, but that strength seems to be the very thing that intensifies her father's struggles.
As Zeche is torn between his craving to protect Gretta and the awful realization that he is the one putting her in more danger, he's forced to make a difficult choice. But when a run-in with an elk changes his plans and Gretta is faced with a danger Zeche is powerless to control, Zeche has to find a way to protect her at any cost. Even at the cost of his heart.
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Misty M. Beller writes Christian historical romance and is the author of the bestselling Mountain Dreams series and the Texas Rancher Trilogy.
She was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.
God has placed a desire in Misty's heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God's abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.
Writing is a dream come true for Misty. Her family — both immediate and extended — is the foundation that holds are secure in that dream.
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