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Friday, September 7, 2012



Finding Your Tribe
Eleni Konstantine

Writing can be such a solitary affair. Day in, day out - it’s you and your keyboard, or whatever tools you use write.

I joined the Romance Writers of Australia back in 1998, pre my internet days. The only way I kept in contact with other writers was the newsletter, which I devoured every month when it arrived in my letter box. And yes, I felt isolated. There was a writer’s centre in my city but I didn’t have the confidence to go in there as a writer.

Once I got internet at home, I joined the email group for the RWAus members and since then, I haven’t looked back. I’m still a member of RWAus and am member of sub-groups including the paranormal group I moderate.

RWAus is MY tribe. It gives me support, friendship, and great advice in different aspects of being a writer. It is the one place I feel most at home. It’s helped me along when I have felt unwell, has cheered me on when I’ve had great news, and given me cyber chocolate for when I have bad news.

Last month was the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference, this year called ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. Being part of the conference team, I didn’t have the time for the socialising that I’ve had at other years, but I still loved catching up with old friends and making new ones. There is nothing like being able to talk shop with people who get you, because as much as your family tries to understand you, they don’t ‘get’ the whole writing thing.

Your tribe, whoever they may be, GET you.

Which brings me to volunteering. Volunteering takes fitting in to your tribe to a whole different level. You get to be familiar with the organisation and the members much more, and can create more friendships and associations along the way. And no job is too small for volunteering. In volunteer run organisation such as the RWAus, every person counts.

I was honoured that my alter-ego (Helen Katsinis) was awarded the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Award given to a volunteer. And I was shocked too. I started out many moons ago helping with the newsletter, and have branched out since then, working with some amazing people.

Of course the trick with volunteering is not to let it overtake your life, and believe me it can do that if you’re not careful.

I’m so glad to have found my tribe. Have you found yours?

Gateway to Hell is a paranormal romance novella where the heroine indeed finds her tribe. It is released today. For your chance to win a copy, just leave a comment.

Zeta will protect the one she loves, even if it means living in Hell.

Mastering a unique power was much safer for Zeta Kosmos with a mentor to help her along. Now that he’s disappeared, Zeta must continue alone with her calling—closing Gateways to Hell.

Daniel Richards is in the family business—Warding supernatural evil from causing havoc on humans. As such, he’s only interested in the safety of one-night stands. Until Zeta. This bad boy now wants a long, lasting relationship.

But Zeta can’t let go of her past, nor can she ignore the secret demonic threats against Daniel’s life. She’d rather fight demonic spawn and be dragged into Hell than allow anything happen to him. Can Daniel convince her to stay? Will she have to pay the ultimate price?

About the Author:

Eleni Konstantine is Fantasy and Paranormal fiction writer, with a number of shorts published. Her stories range from flash fiction to novels. She blames her mother for her writing bug because as a child she was given many books, including illustrated fairytales. That and a love of Greek mythology, and Eleni was destined to become a writer.

Eleni lives in Adelaide, Australia, with her family and feisty American Staffy.

You can find Eleni at her website - and her blog –


Debby said...

I used to have one with other Girl Scout leaders but now I do not do that. Not sure if I really have one now.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Ingeborg said...

I don't have one but it sounds great. Congrats on your award.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Hi Debby and Ingeborg, thanks for commenting. Good luck in finding your tribes for what you love doing.

Ingeborg, thanks for the congrats on the award. It was very surprising.

Rhea Rhodan said...

I'm happy for you having found one. I feel that way about Musa. I'm not big on joining, or groups, or (socializing), but I think it's important to be able to share information and support.

Sue said...

Congrats on your release day, Eleni. What a wonderful feeling! Looking forward to reading your new story. Part of being a tribe means protecting those who mean so much to you--sounds like you've cpatured that in your story.

Vonnie said...

I'm with you Rhea. I can't quite feel that way about the groups of other publishers somehow.

Congrats, Helen (Eleni). You will make a cyber-splash, I know.

Cathleen Ross said...

I'm in the same tribe as you, Eleni and I feel it's where I belong. It doesn't matter how odd we seem, we get each other. Who else can I talk about story ideas with? Congratulations on your contract. That's so exciting.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Rhea and Vonnie, Musa is definitely another tribe that has been marvellous. I just love the vibe and being my first publisher, it's a fantastic way to start on this publication journey with.

Thanks, Sue - indeed protection is a big part of the story, and yes, one's tribe too.

Cathleen - oh, yes. It's just gold having people to talk to isn't it.

Thank you all for commenting.

kellyethan said...

I agree about the tribe. Found so many people with the same love of books and writing as me. Sheer bliss. Love my tribe mates!

Kelly Ethan

Mel Teshco said...

I'm with you too Eleni,

my tribe are my writing friends (and my family of course)

And congrats on your award - so well deserved =)

Natalie said...

Best of luck with the new release, Helen.
I'm not sure I have a tribe, although I do feel very comfortable with other writers I've met through RWA. My tribe is probably the handful of soul-sisters I've gathered on my journey so far. They may not be writers, but we get how each other's thought processes work, agree about the important stuff, and love each other enough not to mind when we don't.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Thanks Kelly, Mel and Natalie.

I love it that you have tribes or as Natalie says, soul-sisters.

Mel - yep, the family is my tribe too. I have the extended family and I'm lucky that we have always been quite close.

wanda f said...

Love the sound of this book and your cover is just gorgeous .Have a great day .

Eleni Konstantine said...

Thanks very much Wanda F.

Eleni Konstantine said...

Thanks everyone for commenting on the blog post. I thought I had drawn the winner but alas, I had not. My apologies.

Thanks to, the winner is Wanda F. Wanda, I'll contact you regarding your prize.

Thanks to Long & Short Reviews for hosting me.