Four years ago, I was a new mom to a sweet 1-year-old little boy. My husband was a full time student, part-time job-holder, and I was insanely lonely, spending my days taking walks with a stroller, watching too much Netflix and working on completing a life-long dream of mine: getting published. The events of that summer, 2013, pushed me to realize I needed FRIENDS. I did the only thing I could think of at the time: I started a writing group.
It was a simple post on Facebook; a cry for help, really, because I was struggling. I set a date for a first time meet-up in my home and prayed no one crazy would show up...but also that SOMEONE would show up.
Several someones did. To this day, our group, "Writing Through Brambles", still contains most of those members from that first year of writing group. We've gained a few and lost a few along the way, but most of us are still here, and still writing.
What started as a way for me to make some friends and finish my books has grown into everything I imagined, and more. An incredible support group for writing, motherhood, and life.
We've been through at least a dozen babies being born, and several members moving away, and SO MANY THINGS, it's impossible (and impractical) to recount them all here. Suffice it to say, this is one awesome group of writers that I am proud to be part of.
We started out meeting in person, but it eventually became necessary to move our meetings online. Thank goodness for Google video chat and Facebook. We try to get together at our favorite writing conference, "Life, the Universe, and Everything" (LTUE) in February every year. If you join us you'll find us by our iconic t-shirts with the name of our group "Writing Through Brambles" in bold font across the front.
Why "Writing Through Brambles"?
We're so creative, you guys. We decided our writing group needed a name. Writing through Brambles came up because it included all the first initials/some letters of our names, and the idea that we were all in this together, helping each other write through the "brambles", or thorns, of life, just seemed to fit us. And it still does. Interestingly, our group has a penchant for attracting Rachels (three so far), and no one has ever joined group whose name didn't fit with ours. Meant to be.
If you want to get to know us more individually, click over to Meet the Authors for some brief bios and links to our published books and websites! We're all fiction writers. Some write adult, others YA. Some plain ol' fiction, others fantasy, with a bit of poetry scattered in there.
We're all mothers; between us we have SEVENTEEN children (and counting) - pretty sure at least one of us has been pregnant at all times. We're still learning and growing and figuring out this writing and publishing stuff, which is what this blog is all about: the things we write and learn along the way.
Bree Moore lives in Ogden, UT with her amazing husband and four kids. She writes fantasy novels between doling out cheerios and folding laundry. "Woven" is Bree's first published novel, a dark fantasy Arthurian-legend retelling that you can find HERE. You can follow the release of her second book "Bound" at her website, www.authorbreemoore.com.
We're all writers, we're all moms, writing our way through the "brambles" of life and our stories.