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Wednesday, August 10, 2011


What is the value of friendship in a writer's world? Writing is almost always a solitary activity. We spend hours researching, crafting characters, and following our muses down fantastic pathways of imagination. Easily over a decade ago, I met Kari Thomas who would become my best friend and is today one of the best romance authors that I know. What's the longest friendship you've ever maintained?

I admit that I've always been shy, which didn't lend to connecting with others well and that included writers. I'm certain other writers have felt just as shy and tongue-tied. Amazingly, get a writer to tell you about a book they're working on, and their whole demeanor opens up and shines. We want those connections, especially with people who have similar interests.

Being published has afforded me the opportunity to relate to other writers as we share news on reviews, WIPS (works in progress) and new releases. A lot of my writer connections come from my Breathless Press peeps who are a wonderful and supportive group of authors. These bonds, first forged by meeting my best friend, are a true blessing and have widened my social circle.

People who want to write stories should never give up that dream. Remember that there is a whole community of people out there in this world who are just waiting to meet you. Thanks to friends, I continue to go forth in this chosen vocation, confident of my path. That is one reason why writer's love to hear from readers, because we ourselves are readers. It's about bonds forged by stories, created by those with a gift for the written word.

Give a shout-out to a friend today, and say how long you've known each other!

In my short paranormal erotica, "Tasting Camilla", the friendship between Camilla and her best friend, Brandt is tested. He turns her over to master vampire, Vladislas, against the risk of losing her forever. "Tasting Camilla":

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Mary Corrales said...

Thanks so much for having me here!

Anonymous said...

SO TRUE, Mary, on the value of friendships! And some of my best friends (YOU, of course!) are authors too. We're able to share our writing experiences with people who know what we're going through on a daily basis. I value each and every one of my dear friends, and am thankful for them always!

Kari Thomas,

Jane Leopold Quinn said...

Hi Mary, yes, friends made through writing are wonderful. We understand each other no matter what genre we write. And some of the conversations you have with them are eye opening, especially about love scenes, etc. Good stuff.


Marketing Director said...

Thank you for hosting Mary today. Great post.
Marketing Director with Breathless Press

Anonymous said...


What a great post! And so very true. I have a writers group I attend regularly (support not critque) and I think I might have stopped long ago without their encouragement and understanding.

I love when I meet people and tell them I'm a writer, and they say "I want to write", I can give them the encouragment others gave me.

Thanks for spreading the enthusiasm for our work around.

Wishing you much success,
Rachel Kenley

Shiela Stewart said...

Great post Mary!

I so agree about friends. There is nothing like them and even moer so when those friends are fellow authors. NO one understands and author like another author. :)

Mary Corrales said...

Kari - Thanks so much, sweetie!

Jane - Oh, yes those love scenes can get wicked, but isn't it nice to have that friend to bounce them off of

Marissa - Awesome Marketing director of Breathless! Thanks for coming by. :)

Mary Corrales said...

Rachel - Writer's critique groups are worth their weight in gold when you find people who encourage and correct.

Getting a book published is a dream come true and well worth the struggle.

Mary Corrales said...

Sheila - Yep, writing is a profession unlike any other and we definitely need other authors in our life to have someone to understand us.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful post Mary. I know a group of authors who are absolutely amazing. They extended hands of friendship to this new author and helped me over rocky ground and around blind spots. It's terrific to find your own kind!
~ Rose Anderson

Mary Corrales said...

Thanks for coming by, Rose. I'm so pleased to hear that you've found a good group. Stick with them.

There's nothing like good people to share the journey with.

shadow_kohler said...

Wonderful post! I enjoyed it. Friends help a ton and its great that they're there to help you!

Mary Corrales said...

Absolutely, Shadow. I don't know how I'd fare without my friends. Thanks for coming by.