Writing can be such a solitary affair. Day in, day out - it’s you and your keyboard, or whatever tools you use write.
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.
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 - http://elenikonstantine.com and her blog – http://eleni-konstantine.blogspot.com