Mercies of the Fallen has just been awarded First Place in the Laramie and Chatelaine Awards!
I love the company of writers! In my office bookshelves are framed photos of treasured author friends I've met all over the world. We sometimes meet at conferences, at writing classes or library-started critique groups. My latest writer friends are co-entrants in writing awards... we have congratulated and supported each other through long lists and short lists notifications. We've happily shared announcements of making it to finalist levels, then attended award ceremonies together.
Even when it's in the same category, we don't consider ourselves in competition with each other... no one can tell your story but you. We read, review and enjoy each others' work. When we're together, we eagerly talk shop, method and survival in a difficult profession.
I hope you'll find a community of fellow writers or readers who will become lifelong friends!