Friday, September 28, 2007

The Group Thing

There’s an excellent article in the latest issue of O Magazine about The Finish Party, a writer’s group that formed in 2005 and consists of authors Nichelle Tramble, ZZ Packer, Lalita Tademy, Deborah Santana, Renee Swindle, Farai Chideya, Jacqueline Luckett, and Alyss Dixson.

I know a lot of authors who belong to writers groups and swear by them. I can completely see how appealing these groups can be. The feedback and fellowship between authors can be very gratifying. Personally, I prefer to go it alone. Not because I have anything against writers groups, or receiving or giving criticism, but because of my nature. I am very much a loner. I don't normally let anyone see what I’m working on except my agent and my editor. Maybe I’m shooting myself in the foot by not seeking extra feedback. But it seems to work for me. But, if I were to ever join a writers group, I hope it would be a group like the Finish Party. Sounds like these ladies have lots of fun and respect for each other.

And keep your fingers crossed, because I’m hoping to get the talented Nichelle Tramble over here one day soon for an interview. For those of you who don’t know, Nichelle is the author of two excellent mysteries, The Dying Ground and The Last King. Nichelle is also one of the writers for the new television series, The Women’s Murder Club, based on the James Patterson novels, which premiers October 12th.

Have a great weekend!



Louis Willis said...

I only recently discovered your blog. I find it difficult to find blogs about blog writers of mystery, thrillers, and horror novels. I try to keep up by reading the Mystery Noir site, Mosaic, and AALBC sites. I like your blog and the information you provide. For instance, I'm delighted that a Black Woman is one of the writers on Women's Murder Club. Too often I search TV for Black actors and find little, especially as leads in a series.

Angela Henry said...


Welcome! I'm so glad you found us and that you're enjoying the blog ; ).

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